No Action On Library Boiler Repair Or Replacement

Despite a special meeting, New City Library trustees postponed a decision to fix or replace a non-working boiler


One of the New City Library’s boilers stopped working quite a while ago and although trustees held a special meeting to discuss it, they took no action. Board of Trustees President Tom Ninan called a special meeting on three issues for last Wednesday. The meeting dealt with approving the board president’s attendance at library staff meetings, the boiler situation and preparation of the annual report. 

The four trustees agreed to postpone any action on repairing or replacing the non-working boiler until their next meeting.  Board member Anthony Feliciano told them he contacted six contractors and three inspected the boiler and provided estimates to install a new unit for approximately $22,000. However, one of the companies does not hold a valid Rockland County contractor license according to Feliciano.

Trustees agreed they would prefer to have three estimates to consider and also wanted more information on the possibility of installing a geo thermal unit.  Feliciano said the library might be qualified for a grant that would help offset the cost of a geo thermal unit. 

“I’d rather table this,” he said. “We’re almost at the end of the season.”

Ninan said the library’s annual report is due to the Ramapo-Catskill Library System (RCLS) in March.  He asked Marianne Silver, who stepped down as interim library director in December, to compile the data needed for the report.  He noted the board needs to meet by March 1 to approve the report and requested an update on it status for the next board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Silver served as interim director from May through December following the departure of Chuck McMorran.  The board’s Ad Hoc Executive Director Search Committee had selected two finalists to interview, one from New York and the other from Texas. Ninan said the board approved $1,500 for expenses to bring the out of state candidate in for an interview but the committee has not yet to discuss arrangements and may not meet until March.

Three staff positions are vacant: business manager, accounts clerk and community relations coordinator.  Ninan said the accounts clerk’s job is a union position and was posted internally before being added to the RCLS website. The business manager opening was posted on January 31, community relations coordinator was listed on January 30 and accounts clerk was added on February 7, all with an application due date of last Friday, Feb. 15.


George Jacobson February 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM
This meeting violated the Open Meetings law. The requirement of 4 days advance public notice wasn't followed. In addition the Executive session was illegal as there were NO matters that could not have been discussed in a public forum.
Blue Viking February 19, 2013 at 01:13 PM
With Ninan at the helm, would you expect anything else. He has got to GO!
Michael N. Hull February 19, 2013 at 03:30 PM
George: You need to take some personal responsibility and contact the Committee on Open Government and Robert Freeman in particular. Freeman is becoming increasingly familiar with the problems in Rockland County and in the Town of Clarkstown in particular. You will receive a receptive ear there and your observations will be added to those that are presently bubbling.
22,000 thats like a week of overtime..whats the big deal..the clowns love to give away the taxpayers money...just realized if one cop had 80,000 of overtime alone ..divided by 52 weeks.thats 1600 just for one cop x 140 plus..the 22,000 may be a days overtime ..scary spending gone wild..the code enforcer last year had 70,000 over time?..so my thoughts are..does every employee fet at least a 1,000.00 a week in overtime?????????????cant make this visual up..it is is accurate..but based on two employee we know about thats like 80,000 and 70,000 equates to 150,000 over time ..so its like1,500.00 a week each..no wonder no one wants to live here anymore.....
the 22,000 is chimp change in this town...
Mary Beth February 19, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Board President Ninan is way over his head trying to run the library. Trustees Feliciano, Reiter, Poulouse, and Mulrooney give Ninan their vote and their support 100% of the time, so they are equally culpable. Ninan gets away with illegal and unethical behavior because he has the board majority behind him. Ninan seems to be enjoying his powers as president, but is not dealing with issues that are of importance to the library's functioning, like the heating system, renovating the audiovisual area, and filling the positions of administrators who left (primarily because of Ninan). The director, the business manager, and the community relations coordinator left many months ago. Why weren't these jobs posted immediately? Only Ninan knows for sure. Ninan's resignation would be a gift to the community.
Terry Schiff February 20, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Our Library Board was functioning well and doing a good job taking care of all New City Library business for many years prior to 2012. Last year the board's work was adversely affected by dissension, delay and indecision. Now, apparently, at the start of 2013, the majority members of the New City Library Board, who were disappointed to have the 2 preferred candidates on their slate defeated by an almost 2 to 1 margin in the Dec 12, 2012 election, have decided to take matters into their own hands. They have tried and been successful in getting their plans enacted by a vote of their majority members on the board, with complete disregard for the Library By-laws, especially those concerning regular meetings, special meetings and executive sessions! They are usurping powers not delegated to the Board but to professional personnel, who they have delayed replacing on the library staff for far too long so that they could make the decisions those professionals would make independently, without board interference. They are trying to convince the minority board members and the public to accept their explanations in defense of their actions[usual, done before, needs to be done] as fact or truth, not prevarication! We, as library members, have to speak up and tell the board majority that we do not approve of their illegal actions and will hold them to account at the next election, if not before! Terry Schiff, Library member since 1978
Terry Schiff February 20, 2013 at 02:57 AM
The majority of members of the library voted to support the New City Library Watch slate because they were dissatisfied with the work of the 2012 Board and wanted Library matters to be attended to promptly, fairly and efficiently again, as in the past, with the work done according to the rules and by-laws set up for the Library. It's a wonder that anyone with experience would want to apply for the still unfilled position of Library Director knowing that they would have to deal with such a dysfunctional, disorganized and rogue majority on the current board. The minority members were elected on a platform of following the by-laws of the board and following the example of earlier boards in dealing professionally with their duties. The library needs a new director and business manager, not the work of nonprofessionals on the Lirbary Board trying to do the job they are neither trained to do or allowed to do according to the library by-laws governing their functions. Terry Schiff


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