Hancock Library Board of Trustees
March 23, 2011
Present: Laurie Bryan Amy Markus, Peter Ryner
The meeting began at 1:10 p.m.
The Minutes of February 22, 2011, as corrected, were approved.
The Financial Report was approved.
Director's Report At the February 22 meeting there had been a discussion of providing additional handicapped parking spaces. As requested by the Board, Amy had discussed this issue with the Public Works Director. Kurt had pointed out that the Library could not just install a handicapped parking sign; there needs to be an accessible pathway from the signed parking space(s) to the Library building, and then entranceways that comply with handicapped guidelines. Using the existing handicapped space is not only the best, but also the only option presently available. There was some discussion about providing stickers to Library customers who may not be handicapped but who , due to age or other issue should be allowed to use that signed parking space.
There was a review of upcoming Library events, and Amy reported that she has been notified that the Library will receive an unspecified amount of money from the estate of Ducky Gardner.
Amy stated that her family also very much wants to contribute a granite bench for the Library grounds. Amy suggested that the Board may wish to give some further thought to this issue. There are already several benches which have been donated to the Library. They are made of different materials and have different designs. There are no guidelines as to how many benches the Library will accept, what they should look like so as to be harmonious with the Library setting, and what they should be made of, taking into account maintenance and safety issues as well as visual scale and character. It was agreed that it is now necessary to give this issue further, formal attention. It was agreed that it is wonderful that several people appreciate the quiet beauty of the Library and its grounds, and this seems to be an important opportunity if it can be properly sorted out.
There was some discussion of the upcoming Library Trustees annual meeting and Amy and Peter indicated that they would attend.
It was agreed that if the Library's bank liaison wished to meet with the Board, that he should do so at the Board's regular April 27 meeting. The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Submitted by Peter Ryner