Blount Library Board Meeting Minutes

Friday December 18, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Roll call of members:

Present via Zoom: MaryAnna Buchanan, Jessie Jordan, Kim Palmatier, Paul Rose, Diane Soulvie, Linda Tanner, Nancy Weigel, Kim Whitling, Melissa Willey, Karen Zale, and Jessie Frank (Director).

Absent: Pat Schwartz

Meeting was called to order at 3:32 p.m. on December 18 by President Diane Soulvie. We welcomed Kim Palmatier and Karen Zale as our newest members.

Secretary Report-Disposition of the minutes of previous regular meeting: MaryAnna Buchanan moved to accept the minutes for our November 19, 2020 meeting. Seconded by Kim Whitling. Motion carried.

Treasurers Report: Janice Snyder called the school and the tax revenue was received. Kim Whitling moved to accept and Nancy Weigel seconded. Motion carried

Director’s Report: Circulation is down 5800 due to COVID.

At this time inventory is about 19000, 12000 adult and 7000 child. Jessie will check the numbers for the exact count in February.

Library will be closed during the schools winter break.

New carpet install was moved to December 28th and will take 3 days.

Two weeks ago Jessie met with an insurance inspector from Utica Insurance. We had an automobile policy which has since been removed since it is not necessary.

Jessie will be working on the plaque for Donald Watkins soon and we will present it later next year with a pizza party and cake.

Community Bank has changed plowing services and they are unable to remove the snow from the parking lot because they do not have the correct equipment. We will be discussing this with the Bank and at the next meeting.

Committee report: None to report

Communications: None to report

Old Business: Telephone vote to roll-over the 2020 interest accumulated in the Cattaraugus County Community Action account approval. Paul Rose moved to accept and Linda Turner seconded. Motion carried.

Budget changes for utilities were $6000 instead of $7000 due to being closed, we moved the money to fund the internet. 2021 Budget was approved. Kim Whitling moved to accept and Paul Rose seconded. Motion carried.

Janice Dekoff was incredibly pleased and sent her “thank you to all the Board” for the increased support for ebooks from the $750 annual amount to the amount of $1,000 annually. She was told about our two new members and said she would be happy to come visit us to discuss opportunities for professional development anytime.

New Business: New sick leave law doesn’t apply to us as it is unpaid instead of paid. There is a pandemic policy for us. New sick leave policy was approved by Nancy Weigel and seconded by Jessie Jordan. Motion carried.

Kim Whitling moved to adjourn the meeting at 4:01. Linda Turner seconded. Motion carried.

Next meeting: Friday, January 15th 3:30 p.m.

See the attached budget below.

Blount November 2020 Budget.. 

December 2020 Board Meeting