MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE PLATTEKILL PUBLIC LIBRARY: August 20, 2019 special
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Board of Trustees Meeting
August 20, 2019
meeting was called to order at 6PM with the Pledge of Allegiance.
were: Will Farrell,
President; Luz Ledesma, Vice President; Valerie Smith, Trustee; Rose Guerrieri,
Trustee; Mayleen Torres-Rivera, Treasurer; John Georghiou, Interim Director;
Donna Ebanks, Acting Director/Secretary
David Padilla, Trustee and George Hickey, Trustee
Trustee Joe Egan arrived
& Finance Committee Chair, Luz Ledesma, opened a discussion on the upcoming
Budget Vote and Trustee Election that is scheduled for Friday, September 27,
2019, from 12noon to 9pm, and will take place in the Community Room beneath the
are three candidates at this time: Luz Ledesma, Rose Guerrieri, and George
Hickey, who are seeking a place on the ballot for three open positions.
No others have come forth as yet.
Ledesma informed the Board that the B&F Committee is recommending an
increase of 1.5 percent, which amounts to $6,791.00.
L. Ledesma noted that this amount would cover most of the expenses the
Library will incur once the building is purchased.
Board engaged in a discussion regarding the proposed increase:
Smith asked if this takes into account the projected replacement costs for
things such as the furnaces?
Ledesma noted that grants the Library may receive once they own the building may
Farrell said that there is money on hand that places the Library in a good
position to take on these costs. M. Torres-Rivera has started a spread sheet to
track the projected costs based on the Town’s estimate and some added funds.
Smith noted a series of possible issues with the building that have not been
addressed, including the poor condition of the furnaces as recorded in the
engineer’s report. V. Smith stated that she does not think that we are asking
for enough of an increase.
Farrell said that he had a local person who works on furnaces look at them, and
was told that they are old but still usable.
Motion to accept the Budget & Finance Committee’s recommendation
for a 1.5 percent increase which comes to $6,791.00 was made by Joe Egan and
seconded by Valerie Smith. On the
vote: YES: WF; JE; LL; RG. NO: VS. The motion passed.
Motion to adjourn was made at 6:10 by Will Farrell.