HERKIMER — The Frank J. Basloe Library Board will move ahead with plans to renovate the library using its existing space.

The library board had submitted a request to the Herkimer Village Board in November asking trustees to consider allowing the library to use the former museum space in the back of the building the library uses, but it had not received an answer.

“Since an agreement has not yet been reached between the village and the library, the library Board of Trustees has voted to withdraw that request and to continue to utilize the space we are currently leasing,” library Director Christine Fleischer said in the letter to the board that was read aloud at the village board meeting.

“We need to move forward with our plans,” she said in a separate inteview, adding there are safety issues to be addressed and the electrical system and security system need updating. Having the additional space would have been helpful, but is not essential to making improvements, she said.

Paul K. Mays of Butler Rowland Mays Architects of Ballston Spa, who has been working with the library to gather input and develop a master plan, is scheduled to meet with the library board and library renovation committee Monday, March 26, to present his first official drawings, Fleischer said.

“They’ll probably need tweaking and there will be discussion,” she said.

Input from community members who weighed in on the upgrades they thought would be most important is being taken into account in developing a master plan. Adding natural light was a top priority for many in the program/resource survey while improvements to the children’s room

and the parking lot and book drop were the top vote-getters in the space discussion. Other priorities included improving the parking lot, restoring finishes to improve the appearance of the space and expanding access to technology.