Library progress reported

CASSADAGA – Members of the Mary E. Seymour Library Board of Trustees exuded optimism about the progress of the Cassadaga Branch Library at a recent village board meeting.

During the public comment section of the meeting, Board of Trustees President Trudy Coulcher said, “The roof’s on the library.”

Coulcher did note that there were some things not in the original estimate which will have to be accomplished. According to Coulcher, the next part of the refurbishment will be relocating the furnaces in the building followed by removing the carpeting and putting down a tile floor.

Treasurer Kathy George gave a quick overview of the finances. She said the library board received $54,000 in grants, $18,000 in gifts and spent $25,600 for the roof. She noted the Town of Stockton pledged $40,000 and that there have been some memorials and a bequeath from Norm Waterman in his will.

“We are in pretty good shape,” she said.

George noted that during the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in February, the library will raffle off a quilt made by Ellie Watson and urged people to buy tickets.

The library board requested that the village resume plowing the area around the library.

This generated discussion because the building is now privately owned. Formerly it was owned by the Town of Stockton.

“I’ll check with the (village) attorney,” Cassadaga Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony.

Village Attorney Michael Norris’ advice, delivered at a subsequent meeting, was the village ought not to do plowing.

“Because it is a non-profit and not municipal, we need to be very careful,” he said.

His opinion generated more discussion. Since Cassadaga used to allocate money to the library in the village budget, some wondered why the village couldn’t provide a service for which the library would otherwise have to pay.

Norris said, “Let me research that with the Comptroller’s Office.”

The library board recently sent a letter to the Stockton Town Board asking them to remove items from the basement. The board has acknowledged the request and found alternate locations for the items.

The library board recently set hours for the library. According to Trudy Coul-cher, president, the winter hours for the Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library in Stockton, are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1-7 p.m. ; Friday 1-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The library is closed Wednesday and Sunday.

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