MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE PLATTEKILL PUBLIC LIBRARY: AUGUST 2016
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Board of Trustees
August 17, 2016
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM with the Pledge of
Lynne Ridgeway, President; Valerie Smith, Vice President; Karen Adamson,
Trustee; David Padilla, Trustee; Luz
Ledesma, Trustee; Will Farrell, Trustee; John Georghiou, Director;
Barbara Jacobini, Treasurer; Donna Ebanks, Secretary
Guest: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability
for the Mid-Hudson Library
Motion to go into Executive Session at 7:07 PM with Rebekkah Smith
Aldrich’s and the Director’s participation and Secretary’s attendance to
discuss the strategy of the Cider Mill property on alternative sites for the
Library was made by Valerie Smith , seconded by Karen Adamson:
Ayes: Valerie Smith, Karen Adamson, Luz Ledesma, Lynne Ridgeway
Nays: Will Farrell, David Padilla, Joe Egan
questioned the need to go into Executive Session as it is his understanding
Executive Session is only necessary when discussing the financial consideration
for a specific real estate transaction. Lynne
specified the Library’s attorney believes discussing the cider mill property
in a public meeting could reflect on the libraries ability to negotiate the
price of future potential properties. Joe
Egan requested Rebekkah’s opinion and she stated that she concurs with the
PM – The Board left Executive session
to ask Paul Mays to submit a proposal to perform a feasibility study on 2047
Route 32 (the current Library property) and revisit the cider mill property cost
estimates and to approve his doing so, for a cost not to exceed $8000 was made
by Valerie Smith and seconded by Will Farrell; all others were in favor.
Motion to ask William Going and Associates to submit a proposal to
perform tests on the ground beneath and around the furnace and fuel oil storage
area at 2047 Route 32 for PCBs and other contaminants and to approve his doing
so, at a cost not to exceed $1000 was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by
David Padilla; all others were in favor.
Motion to accept the minutes of the July 14, 2016 regular Board meeting
was made by Karen Adamson and seconded by David Padilla; all others were in
Motion to accept the minutes of the August 4, 2016 Special Board Meeting
was made by Luz Ledesma and seconded by Valerie Smith; David Padilla and Joe
Egan abstained; all others were in favor.
Treasurer Barbara Jacobini reviewed the report for
Item of note:
Health insurance rates are increasing by 22%; the Planning and Personnel
Committee must schedule a meeting for early September and have a decision by
Motion to approve payment of the bills pending audit was made by Karen
Adamson and seconded by Luz Ledesma; all others were In favor.
Motion to approve the July payroll was made by Joe Egan and seconded by
Will Farrell; all others were in favor.
Was read and discussed.
Items of note:
The lighting project has been
John is working on getting security cameras
Ongoing internet problems on public and staff computers were found to be
due to insufficient internet speed
Call lists for Library vote are now available for Board members and
Friends of the Library
Motion to approve an increase of the broadband connectivity to the next
highest level from 60 mbps to 100 mbps at an additional cost of approximately
$40 per month to be used from the Larkin grant, was made by David Padilla and
seconded by Luz Ledesma; all others were in favor.
Valerie reported the Planning & Personnel Committee met on July 15,
2016. The Committee reported they
were informed by the Director that due to Civil Service retirement
requirements, Library Assistant Mary Antzak will not be retiring this coming
September and her new retirement date will be June 2017.
Joe Egan requested John prepare a financial statement for the next Board
meeting that reflects how this change will affect the approved 2017 budget.
A sympathy card was sent to the family of
former Board member Mary Apuzzo from the Board.
There was no Friends liaison report as they
did not meet in July.
The UCLA Annual Dinner is Tuesday September 27, from 6-9pm at Garvan’s
in New Paltz. Please email Mary at
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 10 if you plan on attending
and if you are bringing a guest
deliver your check ($35 p/p) to Donna at the Library.
Make the check payable to UCLA.
There is a MHLS webinar titled Community
Engagement on August 26. Register
through MHLS at: http://mid-hudson.evanced.info/signup/calendar
Motion to adjourn was made at 9:28pm.
filed with original: