budget passes with 5-2 vote
A discussion about closing the Osgood Public Library and the Milan
branch one day a week took place among board members during the
regular meeting on Tuesday, September 28. According to board member
Melody Bush, this proposal could lower operating costs.
Bush suggested closing each branch on alternate days one day a
week. Other board members said they do not support the idea. Board
president Gene Pitts said, There would be a lot of disappointed
patrons. My conscience would bother me if we closed the library
for one day.
Bush noted that the closing is all about the money and that patrons
would get used to it. Sherri Cunningham noted that when she suggested
the idea of closing, she did not know what went on on a daily
basis at each library. She now feels that closing would cause
problems for the patrons, especially those who use the library
to submit their weekly claims for unemployment.
Bush also questioned portions of the budget for the general fund
asking for details on the items in the miscellaneous column. Treasurer
Richard Parks offered to provide a print out at her request. She
advised the board to consider applying for grants from the local
foundations to help reduce operating costs.
The motion to accept the 2011 operating budget as submitted passed
with a vote of 5-2 with Melody Bush and Ruth Westerman voting
A petition signed by 12 people was given to the board prior to
the meeting requesting that money left from building the new branch
be applied to the debt to help reduce the taxes for property owners.
At the August meeting, a motion to use the remainder of those
monies was passed with a vote of 4-3.
During the debt service budget discussions, Bush suggested using
the balances from the construction fund and the Mable Lamb funds
to be applied to the balance of the debt for the new construction
to reduce the taxpayers portion. According to Parks, the funds
donated by Mable Lamb are already committed. Pitts explained that
a portion of the construction fund needs to be retained in order
to pay for any unforeseen bills from construction.
Parks explained that the debt service budget can be adopted and
changes made to it before October 15. The motion to adopt the
debt service budget as is with the provision to apply $60,000
to the fund by October 15 was unanimously approved.
In other business:
The motion to accept the list of obsolete furniture from
the old Milan branch building such as a circulation desk and book
shelves was unanimously approved.
The motion to advertise the sale of the old Milan branch
building was unanimously approved.
The motion to join the Indiana State Library Consortium
at a cost of $300 was unanimously approved.
The Internet use policy was unanimously approved.
All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be
on Tuesday, October 26 at the Osgood branch.