Plattekill Public Library  

September 13, 2018

Board of Trustees


The meeting was called to order at 7:04PM with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Present were: Lynne Ridgeway, President; Valerie Smith, Vice President; Joe Egan, Trustee; Will Farrell, Trustee; David Padilla, Trustee; John Georghiou, Director; Mayleen Torres, Treasurer; Donna Ebanks, Secretary. 

Trustee Luz Ledesma was excused and Will Farrell will be late.

Guests: George Hickey; Town Councilman Darryl Matthews. 


Public Comment: None

Correspondence:  None


Secretary’s Report:


Amendments to the August 9, 2018 minutes:

Lynne requested the minutes show that Trustee Joe Egan was present at the August 9, 2018 meeting.


Valerie asked to amend the commentary in the Secretary’s Report section of the August 9 minutes to read as follows: 

Will Farrell and Joe Egan objected to the Chair of the Personnel Committee’s statement in the July minutes informing the Board of the procedure which would be used to discuss the Director’s evaluation during Executive Session later. The idea that Trustees who are not willing or able to perform their duties should resign came from MHLS.


→   Motion to accept the amended August 9, 2018 regular Board meeting minutes was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by Lynne Ridgeway. On the vote: Lynne R. – yes; Valerie S – yes; Joe E – no; David P – abstained. Motion failed.


Financial Report:

Mayleen Torres-Rivera reviewed the Bookkeeper’s report for the Board.

7:14pm – Will Farrell arrived.      


→ Motion to approve the checks pending audit was made by David Padilla and seconded by Joe Egan; all others were in favor. Motion passed.


→ Motion to approve payroll was made by Joe Egan and seconded by Will Farrell; all in favor.  Motion passed.


The warrant of checks was circulated for signatures.





Director’s Report:

Was read and discussed


→ Motion to appoint Mark Rubinstein as Chairman of the Election was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by Will Farrell; all others were in favor. Motion passed.


Committee Reports:


The Policy Committee met on August 15, 2018.  Joe Egan has submitted his changes to the Continuity of Operations Policy that are to be included in the minutes from that meeting, which will be distributed in the near future. The next meeting of the Policy Committee was scheduled for October 9 at 10am at the Library. 


Unfinished Business:


MHLS Sept/Oct Trustee Training schedule: http://mid-hudson.evanced.info/Signup


New Business: 


The Friends September 5th meeting minutes, recorded by the Library’s staff liaison, were distributed to all Board members via email prior to this BOT meeting.  


UCLA Annual Dinner Meeting will take place on September 24 at The Chateau in Kingston; all RSVPs have been submitted to the event coordinator.  


→ Motion to enter into Executive Session at 7:40 pm without the Director’s participation for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter involving evaluation of performance about a specific individual was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by Will Farrell; all others were in favor and the motion passed. 


 The Board came out of Executive Session at 8:42pm.


→ Motion to adjourn at 8:43pm was made by Joe Egan and seconded by David Padilla; all others were in favor. Motion passed. 





 Respectfully submitted by:

Donna Ebanks