MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE PLATTEKILL PUBLIC LIBRARY: March, 2018

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Plattekill Public Library 

Board of Trustees 

March 8, 2018 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

Present were:Lynne Ridgeway, President; Valerie Smith, Vice President; Luz Ledesma, Trustee;, Karen Adamson, Trustee; Joe Egan, Trustee; John Georghiou, Director; Barbara Jacobini; Treasurer; Donna Ebanks, Secretary. 

Trustees Will Farrell and David Padilla arrived at 7:02PM. 

 

Public Comment:  

None 

 

Correspondence: 

None 

 

Secretary’s Report: 

→Motion to accept the February 8, 2018 regular Board meeting minutes was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by Luz Ledesma; Karen Adamson abstained and all others were in favor.  

 

Financial Report: 

Barbara reviewed the financial report for the Board.  

 

 

→Motion to approve payment of the bills pending audit was made by Joe Egan and seconded by Luz Ledesma; all others were in favor. 

 

→Motion to approve payment of payroll for the past month was made by Will Farrell and seconded by David Padilla; all others were in favor. 

 

→Motion to approve the Annual Report as submitted was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by Will Farrell; David Padilla abstained and all others were in favor. 

 

Director’s Report: 

Items of note: 

 

→Motion to appoint Brittany Palmer to a part-time clerical position was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by Luz Ledesma; all others were in favor. 

 

The Board engaged in a discussion regarding the Director’s recommendations for staff payroll. 

 

Joe Egan left the meeting at 7:45PM 

 

→Motion to approve the staff pay rates as recommended by the Director was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by Luz Ledesma.  Motion passed.  

Aye:Luz LedesmaAbstentions:David Padilla 

Valerie SmithRecused:Will Farrell 

Karen Adamson 

Lynne Ridgeway 

 

→Motion to approve a leave of absence for Barbara Jacobini when she chooses to take it was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by Luz Ledesma; all others were in favor. 

 

→Motion to approve unpaid leave for Marisol Gerena under the Family Leave Act was made by Luz Ledesma and seconded by Valerie Smith; all others were in favor.  

 

Committee Reports: 

None 

Valerie distributed the minutes of the February 21, 2018 Personnel Committee meeting. 

 

→Motion to make the approved staff raises effective the beginning of 2018 was made by Valerie Smith and seconded by Luz Ledesma. 

Aye:Valerie SmithAbstentions:David Padilla 

Luz LedesmaRecused:Will Farrell 

Lynne Ridgeway 

Karen Adamson 

 

 

Unfinished Business: 

Annual Review of Policies: All Board members were satisfied with the policies as they were received and no changes were recommended.  Joe Egan will be followed up with re the status of the policies he was assigned to review. 

 

New Business:  

MHLS will be presenting: 

Trustee Essentials:  Saturday 3/10 @ 9:30AM Saugerties 

Tuesday 3/13 @ 5:30PM @ POK MHLS 

Financial & Fiduciary:Tuesday 4/10 @ 5:30PM @ POK MHLS 

Registration:http://calendar.midhudson.org 

 

Plattekill Memorial Day Parade is on Saturday, May 26th.  John plans to represent the Library as part of the vehicle procession.  

    

The Board engaged in a discussion regarding the purpose of Executive Session for a salary discussion. 

 

→Motion to enter into Executive Session at 8:15PM without the Director’s participation  to discuss a personnel matter involving salary adjustment about a specific individual was made by Luz Ledesma and seconded by Valerie Smith. Motion passed. 

Aye:Luz LedesmaNay:Will Farrell 

Valerie SmithDavid Padilla 

Karen Adamson 

Lynne Ridgeway 

 

At approximately the time the Board went into Executive Session, Mark Reynolds arrived.  

 

The Board left Executive Session at 8:45 PM. 

 

Motion to give the Director a $2500 raise for 2018 made by Will Farrell, seconded by Luz Ledesma. Ayes: Will Farrell, Luz Ledesma. Nays: Lynne Ridgeway, Valerie Smith, Karen Adamson.  David Padilla abstained. The motion failed. 

 

Motion to give the Director a $3000 raise for 2018, effective January 1st, made by Valerie Smith, seconded by Karen Adamson. Ayes: Lynne Ridgeway, Valerie Smith, Karen Adamson, Luz Ledesma. Nays: Will Farrell, David Padilla. The motion carries. 

 

Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn by Luz at 8:49 PM.  

 

Respectfully submitted by: 

Donna Ebanks 

Secretary