MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE PLATTEKILL PUBLIC LIBRARY: November, 2013
[November 14, 2013]
The meeting was called to order at 7:04 PM
with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lynne Ridgeway, President; Keith Canfield, Treasurer; Karen Adamson,
Assistant Treasurer; William Farrell, Trustee; David Padilla, Trustee; Joseph
Egan, Trustee; John Georghiou, Director; Donna Ebanks, Secretary
Valerie Smith is excused.
Additions to the Agenda:
Motion to accept the minutes of October 10, 2013 made by Keith Canfield
and seconded by Joseph Egan; all others were in favor.
Motion to accept payment of the bills pending audit was made by Karen
Adamson and seconded by David Padilla; all others were in favor.
Was read and discussed
John discussed with the Board an article
in the Wall Street Journal that noted two thousand libraries across the nation
are subscribing to Tutor.com for use by their patrons.
Additionally, John presented the Board
with a list of current Library employees and their respective salaries, and
asked they make a motion to approve the Director’s hiring of these
individuals. This was deemed
necessary as Trustee David Padilla brought to light at the October Board
meeting that the Trustee handbook stipulates that while the Director may hire
all employees, the Board must approve their employment by officially
appointing each individual.
Motion to approve the employment and the salaries of the following
Library employees: Angela Antzak, Mary Antzak, Coreena Betcher, Donna Ebanks,
John Georghiou, Marisol Gerena, Melissa Haselton, Barbara Jacobini, Grace
Jacobini, Michelle McMann and Ricardo Velez, as indicated in the Director’s
November 2013 report, was made by Keith Canfield and seconded by Karen
Adamson; all others were in favor.
The Personnel Committee met with Library
Director John Georghiou and recommended the Board accept the salary
adjustments of Library personnel, with the exception of one salary to be
addressed in a separate motion, as indicated in the Director’s November 2013
Personnel Committee recommends the Board accept the salary adjustments,
as outlined in the Director’s November 2013 report, with the exception of
one salary to be addressed in a separate motion, effective January 1, 2014;
all others were in favor.
Motion to accept the 30 hour work week and $1.00 per hour raise of a
Library employee effective January 2014, with the intention of revisiting this
motion in January 2015 for an additional increase of $1.00 per hour, and a
possible adjustment of work week hours was made by Will Farrell and seconded
by Joseph Egan; all others were in favor.
Additional points of discussion:
Joseph Egan was excused at 7:55pm.
Joe will be attending the MHLS Essential Trustees workshop on
December 14, 2014.
Motion to approve committee appointments was made by Karen Adamson and
seconded by David Padilla; all others were in favor.
Lynne requested that all Board members
complete the MHLS survey that she sent out and return it to her personally or
Additionally, Lynne reported that Karen,
Valerie, John and herself, attended the Mid-Hudson Annual Meeting where they
met Tom Sloan, the new Executive Director of the MHLS.
Lynne completed the Director’s
evaluation on October 21, 2013.
Agenda item regarding the Town Council
meeting will be discussed next month when Valerie is in attendance.
Possible new building site:
The broker requests that we submit our
offer as soon as possible, as there is another offer on the table that is
Lynne proposes that the Library have a
financial audit conducted as the Trustee Handbook recommends that an external
audit be done annually. John will
research accounting firms that have experience with auditing libraries.
Motion to approve hiring an accounting firm to perform an external
audit was made by Karen Adamson and seconded by Keith Canfield; all others
were in favor.
Motion to adjourn at 8:35pm; all were in favor.
Attachments filed with original:
Official 2014 Library Calendar