PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that sealed Bids will be received by the Cranbury Public Library (hereinafter called the Owner), on the public plaza outside the front (east) entrance to the Cranbury Town Hall Building, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey 08512, on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM prevailing time. All Bids shall be delivered by hand. No bids will be received after the time and date specified and no bids will be received by mail. Bids shall be received by courier service (date and time recorded) or shall be hand delivered on the day of the bid opening; a Library representative will be available outside of Town Hall one (1) hour prior to the bid opening to receive hand-delivered bids. All Bids will be opened publicly and read aloud at that time. Appropriate social distancing measures will be practiced among all participants.
The Owner shall award the Contract or reject all bids within 60 days of bid opening, except that the bids of any bidders who consent thereto may, at the request of the Owner, be held for consideration for such longer period as may be agreed. The Owner reserves the right to waive any informalities in bids and to reject any and all bids if it is in the best interest of the Owner to do so.
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The Cranbury Public Library Board of Trustees is happy to announce that on November 20, 2020 Governor Murphy authorized 38 library projects to receive funding through the NJ Library Construction Bond Act. Cranbury Public Library is among the recipients, receiving $2,329,500 for the construction of a new library building.
I know this is welcome news for all of our Foundations donors and library supporters. We worked long and hard to make this project a reality. A big part of our success was your support! Your donations are providing the bulk of the required 50% match of the state funding. In our application the Board was able to state unequivocally that the community was behind the new library project as shown by the large amount of funds raised in our capital campaign. Thank you for standing behind us!
The plans for the new library are ready and bid documents are being prepared. As soon as we receive the official letter from the New Jersey State Librarian the Library Board, with the assistance of Cranbury Township, will put the project out to bid. We are planning to break ground this spring!
The governor’s office stated “38 highly-rated projects from 16 counties across the state were recommended to the Legislature to receive funding from the Act. More than 129 applications were reviewed by a committee comprised of experts from across relevant State agencies, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Community Affairs, the New Jersey Treasury, and the New Jersey Historical Commission, among others. This legislation authorizes $87.5 million in state bonds to fund critical improvements to New Jersey public libraries. The bond issuance was approved by New Jersey voters in November 2017 and all applicants were required to identify a 50 percent match to fund their proposed projects.”
Read the full press release from the Governor.
The Cranbury Public Library submitted an application for a grant from the NJ Library Construction Bond Act in March. The application dead line was extended due to COVID-19 but is on target for a September decision.
On January 6, 2020 the Solicitation for Grant Applications for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act funds was published on the NJ State Library website. Applications will be accepted March 9, 2020 through 4:00 p.m. EDT April 6, 2020.
The Library Board of Trustees is working on the application and plans to submit it as soon as possible.
The regulations for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act were published first in July. After a 60 day comment period the final regulations were released on November 4, 2019. To read the full regulations and comments go to NJ Library Construction Bond Act.
We are looking forward to receiving the application for grant funds soon. Once received the Library Board will have 90 days to submit the completed application. The state will then have 60 days to award grant funds. Let’s hope 2020 is the year we break ground!