HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead Public Library Trustees expressed concern that Gary Barnes, the owner of the well that provides water for the library, has not provided a contract. Library Director Debra Hiett and Trustee Emily Reschberger both told the Trustees at their meeting last week that Barnes is new to having to provide a contract and the library may be the only water recipient requiring one, so they counseled patience.
“We would like to have the contract and the bill so the library can make at least a quarterly payment,” Reschberger said.
The Trustees asked Hiett to call Barnes again and to send a letter from the Trustees requesting the contract and the bill. But until the Trustees get the contract and the bill, they have no options.
The trustees also discussed checking with the Hampstead Area Water Company, to see what it would cost for the library to tap into the water line it will be bringing down Mary E. Clark Drive.
The trustees are concerned that other water customers of Barnes may decide to hook into the Hampstead Area Water line and the library could end up with a bigger portion of the bill. They currently pay one quarter of the total bill, but if the other three buildings should make a change, it would create a major boost in cost for the library.
In other business:
• Hiett said the library plans to participate in World Book Night and will be one of the locations where books can be picked up on April 23 in this literacy promotion event.
• Another literacy promotion is the Spring Read. The book for this year’s event is “Rules” by Cynthia Lord, about a boy with Asperger’s. Seventy copies of the book will be placed around town for people to pick up and read. Book discussions are planned, with four of them for young adults. The books for distribution, up from 50 last year, are provided by the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library, and more will be available if needed.
• The trustees voted to rescind the previous meeting’s vote to end the library’s use of gift cards.
The trustees approved a motion that states that no direct taxpayer funds shall be used for gift cards. Funds from private sources can still be used.
• The trustees discussed altering the investment policy for trust fund investments from the present 50 percent in each of two locations to up to 75 percent in one location with 25 percent in the other. A vote will be taken at the next meeting.
• The treasurer’s report noted that the only concern is the heat line, given the extremely cold winter causing increased heating costs. Reschberger said it isn’t a problem but warrants keeping an eye on going forward.
• Recent statistics show 4,796 library visits during January, with 2,430 unique Web site visits and 633 computer users signed up.