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HUNTINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

338 Main Street

Huntington, New York 11743

MINUTES

Of a Regular Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees
Held December 20, 2016, at
338 Main Street, Huntington, New York

PRESENT: Trustees: Ann M. Berger, Pat McKenna-Bausch, Ann Scolnick

Library Director: Joanne Adam; Assistant Directors: Kristine Casper and Teresa Schwind

EXCUSED: Trustees: Paul Ehrlich and Chuck Rosner

Ms. Berger called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.

Ms. McKenna-Bausch made a motion, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, to approve the agenda for the December 20, 2016, Board of Trustees Meeting. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. Scolnick made a motion, seconded by Ms. McKenna-Bausch, to approve the Library Board of Trustees Minutes of November 15, 2016. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. Morgan was in attendance to give the Friends’ report. Ms. Morgan stated that they gave library staff three trays of holiday cookies at the Main and a tray for the Station staff. The Friends accepted the donations in memory of Maureen Brown and contributed to the cost of installing a bench along Prospect Street in her honor. The Friends agreed to sponsor museum passes for the Museum of Modern Art, The Long Island Children’s Museum and the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium along with those they already sponsor; the Long Island Museum and the Nassau County Museum of Art. They also agreed to sponsor three performance programs this spring. They will be participating in a fundraiser with the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport next year.

A period of public expression was held.

A motion was made by Ms. McKenna-Bausch, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, that Warrant #12, November End of Month, totaling $423,485.42 is paid. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. Scolnick made a motion, seconded by Ms. McKenna-Bausch., that Warrant #13, December Disbursements, totaling $252,791.15 is paid. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. McKenna-Bausch made a motion, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, that Warrant #4, December Capital Fund, totaling $21,107.32 is paid. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. Scolnick mentioned that the Personnel Committee met and that Joanne would discuss in her report.

Ms. Berger reported that there was a Foundation meeting and about fifteen community members met to discuss next steps. The next meeting will be held January 25, 2017.

Ms. Scolnick made a motion, seconded by Ms. McKenna-Bausch, to accept the Personnel Report for December, 2016. The vote was unanimous.

Assistant Director Kristine Casper gave a brief update on the migration back to PALS and reported that loan rules options are limited now that we are back in PALS and the fines and fees schedule needs to be amended. Soon, patrons will be able to opt into a new service that automatically renews eligible items up to six times.

Ms. Scolnick made a motion, seconded by Ms. Berger, to amend the fines and fees schedule for overdue DVD’s and BluRays so that the fine for a late DVD/BluRay will be $1.00 a day with a maximum fine of $10.00. The vote was unanimous.

Assistant Director Kristine Casper also gave a brief update on the building renovation projects in addition to her written report. The LED lighting upgrades will be one-to-one replacements of bulbs and fixtures streamlining the amount of different fixtures we have from thirty-eight to twenty. It was also mentioned that exterior lighting and previously discussed additional electrical work along the back quiet corner of the first floor are not part of the lighting upgrades.

Assistant Director Teresa Schwind stated she has been researching the library building history to determine proper ownership. Ms. Schwind met with first floor staff to discuss furniture layout ideas that require minimum alterations to the facility and will be meeting with a vendor in January to get seating and table ideas. New chairs for the Meeting Room and the Station Branch are being ordered.

Library Director Joanne Adam briefly reviewed her written report highlighting the staffing recommendations approved by the Personnel Committee and was informed to proceed with hiring the required staff. Ms. Adam reviewed the minimum wage legislation and how municipalities are exempt but we have always followed Federal requirements in the past.

Ms. Scolnick made a motion, seconded by Ms. McKenna-Bausch, to give all pages a 50 cents an hour raise. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. Adam also discussed how the Head of Security has been assisting a great deal with library errands and requested that he be compensated with errand service.

Ms. Berger made a motion, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, that Mr. Aloe receives enumeration for errand service at the same rate as others. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. Adam also made a recommendation that the computers at the Station Branch be replaced as the warranties have expired and are not operating at an optimal level for heavy public use. The old computers will be repurposed for Online Public Access Catalogs, other needs around the library, and donated to local organizations.

Ms. McKenna-Bausch made a motion, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, to purchase nine all-inone computers for a total of $10,711.66. The vote was unanimous.

A second period of public expression was held.

At 6:38 p.m., a motion was made by Ms. Scolnick, seconded by Ms. McKenna-Bausch, to adjourn the meeting. At 6:38 p.m., the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted:           Prepared By:

_________________________ _____________________________
Ann Scolnick, Secretary           Kristine M. Casper, Assistant Director

 

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