Saturday, April 27, 2013

Library Trustee Minutes for April 2013

April 24, 2013

Present: Mary Garland, Amy Markus, Laurie Bryan, Erik Spitzbarth , Peter Ryner

The meeting was called to order at1 pm.
The March 27, 2013 minutes were approved.
The Treasurer's report was approved.

Amy reviewed the May Library Programs. She then reported that the Friends of the Library have agreed to pay for a one year membership in IndiFlix, which will allow all library patrons to download movies at home.

Amy reported that there has been a good turnout for the special programs that were available during school vacation week.

There was further discussion of obtaining a new copier.  Amy reported that the public makes about 7500 copies per year. Board members expressed the desire to have the new copier be easy to use, but Amy explained that as machines incorporate new capabilities, they unfortunately are usually somewhat complicated to use.  It was suggested that the new copier should have a surge protector.

Peter Ryner reported that he had obtained the names of two firms that did sign work, and asked if the Board wanted him to obtain actual price quotes for preparing a replacement sign.  The board agreed that he should attempt to obtain that information by the time of the next Board meeting.

Mary Garland indicated that she would obtain bids for replacement carpet by the next Board meeting.

There was further discussion of Michael Wrenn's proposal to shift the balance of Trustee funds.  Peter was asked to talk to Mike about the Walter Clark funds for clarification of the fees that would be charged if those funds were switched from ETF's to more actively managed funds.

Amy reported that rather than pumpkins, the Library garden would this year be planted with sunflowers, in an effort to avoid insect infestation.  As in the past, the garden would involve local school children.

Selectman Spitzbarth was asked to discuss Main Street parking issues with the Board of Selectmen. Laurie Bryan and Amy observed that at a minimum, it was not clear where parking was allowed, especially from School Street to 137,  and this year parking has been a problem for the first time during two separate library events.  Erik observed that there seemed to be an opportunity for some positive action, and perhaps a need to improve communication as to where parking was allowed.

The meeting ended at 2pm. The next meeting will be on the fourth Wednesday of May at 1pm
submitted by Peter Ryner

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