Soon there will be six security cameras installed around entrances and exits of the , thanks to grant money from the state and matching funds from the villages.
Getting more video surveillance at the library, said Director Maureen Petry, does not mean there have been any unlawful incidents, but it represents an effort to improve “overall safety awareness.”
Safety is the goal, but must be balanced with privacy in a sensitive place like a library, she said. The cameras will be installed mainly at thresholds to get footage of people coming and going if ever the police needed to identify someone, but there won't be any cameras pointed at computer screens or what people are reading.
Within 180 days of cutting the check for $5,836 from New York State, which hasn't arrived yet, the work must be completed. Petry said they went with the lowest bidder and got exactly the grant money they had applied for, which, when paired with matching funds from the Villages as required by law, is “exactly what the project costs.”
The State set aside $14 million in library construction grants in its 2011 budget. Applications were received last summer and grants awarded to 192 public libraries and library systems this spring.
The Mt. Pleasant Public Library will be the beneficiary of $241,133 to replace its severely deteriorated roof, a project that will preserve the building and its resources while reducing energy and upkeep costs.
“These State grants will help our local communities preserve and enhance vital facilities that the entire community uses every day at no cost to local property tax payers,” said the Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant Assemblyman Tom Abinanti. “With the heavy demands on local budgets, the State needs to help as much as possible.”