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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 March 21, 2017, at
338 Main Street, Huntington, New York

PRESENT: Trustees: Ann M. Berger, Pat McKenna-Bausch, Ann Scolnick, Chuck Rosner and Paul Ehrlich
Library Director: Joanne Adam; Assistant Directors: Kristine Casper and Teresa Schwind

EXCUSED:

Ms. Berger called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

Ms. McKenna-Baush made a motion, seconded by Mr. Rosner, to approve the agenda for the March 21, 2017, Board of Trustees Meeting. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. McKenna-Baush made a motion, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, to approve the Library Board of Trustees Minutes of February 21, 2017. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. Morgan was in attendance to present the Friends’ report. She noted the following: the Friends will be donating three multi-year Empire passes as part of the prizes for the Adult Reading Program; the bookcase at the train station has been replaced; the Friends made $3,000 from daily book sales from last July through January, 2017; they spent over $12,500 for various programs, museum passes, etc. so far this fiscal year.

Both Mr. Paul Ehrlich and Ms. Kimberly Hawkins, as candidates running for a seat on the Board of Trustees, had an opportunity to speak regarding their candidacy and answer any questions.

Ms. Adam spoke about the proposed 2017-2018 budget and answered questions regarding same.

Assistant Library Director Kristine Casper spoke about the status of the building renovation.

Assistant Library Teresa Schwind spoke about plans for the local History Room and the first floor renovation.

Adult & Reference Services Department Head Therese Nielsen spoke about the various changes to their department, as well as programs held and their participation in various community events.

Youth & Parent Services Department Head Laura Giuliani spoke about their various programs, as well as upcoming events.

Station Branch Manager Mary Kelly spoke about the various programs held at the Station Branch and some challenges they face.

A period of public expression was held.

A motion was made by Mr. Ehrlich, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, that Warrant #19, totaling $311,583.72 paid. The vote was unanimous.

A motion was made by Mr. Ehrlich, seconded by Ms. McKenna-Baush, that Warrant #20, March End of Month, totaling $214,374.36 is paid. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. McKenna-Baush made a motion, seconded by Mr. Ehrlich, that Warrant # 7, March Capital Fund, totaling $11,480.00 is paid. The vote was unanimous.

Ms. Berger made a motion, seconded by Ms. McKenna-Baush, to approve the budget transfer of $164,585.49 to the Capital Fund to cover professional fees related to the building project. The motion passed with Mr. Ehrlich not present for the vote.

Business Manager, Jennifer Mulvihill, was available to answer any questions regarding her report noting that interest on T.D. Bank had gone up.

Mr. Rosner reported that the Foundation Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for March 29th and that each trustee on the Board is expected to make a donation to help get the Foundation started.

Ms. Scolnick made a motion, seconded by Mr. Ehrlich, to accept the Personnel Report for March, 2017. The vote was unanimous.

Assistant Director Kristine Casper noted that the Library is moving forward with the construction project. She briefly spoke about the bid process with the opening of such bids scheduled for May 4th.

Assistant Director Theresa Schwind stated that they are considering selling one of the Library’s rare books, The Book of Mormon, second edition.

Library Director Joanne Adam briefly reviewed her report and added that a new item, WiFi Hotspots, will need to be added to our Fines and Fees Schedule.

A motion was made by Mr. Rosner, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, to amend the 2016-2017 Fines and Fees Schedule to include WiFi Hotspots with a fine of $5.00/per day late fee and a replacement cost of $70.00. The vote was unanimous.

A second period of public expression was held.

At 7:50 pm a motion was made by Mr. Rosner, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, to adjourn the meeting. At 7:51 p.m., the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted:           Prepared By:

_________________________ _____________________________
Ann Scolnick, Secretary           Claire Tietjen, Recording Secretary

 

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