FEMA's Last Day at Lindy Library Is Sat., Feb 23

FEMA will reopen on Tuesday, February 26, at the Copiague library, as the Lindenhurst Memorial Library begins a long-planned HVAC renovation.

In the months following Hurricane Sandy the Lindenhurst Memorial Library has been designated as the official FEMA Disaster Recovery Center for the Town of Babylon.

However, according to according to the LML website, FEMA will be leaving for a new location in Babylon Town next week.

Officials told Lindenhurst Patch on Friday the last day for FEMA at the LML will be Saturday, February 23, and starting on Tuesday, February 26, FEMA will be at the Copiague Memorial Public Library, located at 50 Deauville Boulevard in Copiague.

Information on FEMA's website here also said FEMA will end service at the LML at 3 p.m. on Saurday, and will reopen on at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the Copiague library.

The hours for the new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Copiague library will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

This move comes as a result of the LML's need to move forward with a planned renovation to its HVAC system and lighting system.

So to help relocate FEMA LML Director Peter Ward reached out to other libraries in the area, and the Copiague Library and its director, Ken Miller, stepped up, according to library officials.

"We did extend our contract with FEMA for a bit longer - they've been here for four months. But this renovation was planned long before the storm, and we couldn't put it off any longer. We had to move forward," officials told Patch.

The LML just went out to bid for the renovation project this week, on February 19, and this is phase one of the Going Green at the LML project, officials said.

The LML had an informational ad in this week's South Bay about its renovation project, officials noted. In it the library indicated this project would begin in March and be completed sometime in late August. It would also help realize "significant" energy savings.

The LML's project involves replacing the two large, 40-year-old HVAC units with six smaller, more energy-efficent rooftop units.

It also involves replacing original ceilings and flourescent lighting with new, more energy-efficient LED lighting and a new, more sound-absorbing suspended ceiling using acoustical tiles.


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