Trustees Continue Review of Furnace Purchase

HAMPSTEAD – After receiving more information than they could process at their first meeting of the month, the Hampstead Library Trustees postponed a decision on whether to heat the library with propane or oil until their June 19 meeting. The library is in need of new furnaces.

At the meeting Wednesday, June 5, Library Director Deb Hiett presented information from the U.S. Department of Energy and the New Hampshire Energy Efficiency Office.
The board discussed the two fuel options relative to comparative cost and efficiency estimates, and decided that furnace cleaning and maintenance had to be factored in.

The board also discussed options for placement of a propane tank – above ground versus in-ground – if the decision is made to change from the current oil to propane.
In other business:

• Hiett said the first floor copy machine has more maintenance issues. She provided the Trustees with data on a leasing option, which includes annual maintenance. Trustee Treasurer Emily Reschberger made a motion to lease a Sharp Digital Imager from Wells Fargo. The machine will be serviced by United Business Machines. The board approved the motion unanimously.

• The Trustees voted to accept $38.50 from the donation jar, as well as assorted used books, audios and videos from various individuals, and several gifts from organizations – the Hampstead Civic Club gave $650 for an aquarium pass, the Hampstead Lions Club donated $500 for large print books and audiobooks, the Hampstead Mothers’ Club gave $27.50 for baby books, and Friends of the Library provided $204 for a Charmingfare Farm museum pass.

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