CHILMARK LIBRARY TRUSTEES MEETING
December 21, 2010
Present: Trustees Norman Freed, Jane Slater and Janet Weidner; Library Director Ebba Hierta.
Meeting called to order at 9:12 AM. Minutes of the October 2010 meeting approved as submitted.
Building and Grounds Report: While brush was being cleared along State Road by the contractor for the State Highway Department, an area of grasses and shrubs that we believe is town property was mowed down. Ebba has spoken with the Chief Engineer for the local Massachusetts Highway District. He has promised to put a letter in the file saying that this area should not be cut in the future when the State orders clearing along State Road. We will wait till the spring and evaluate what plantings have been permanently damaged. The town can file a claim for damage on town property, if necessary.
Program Report: There are a lot of programs planned for this winter. There will be Friday night movies, as well as the Wednesday noon chowder and a movie series. Also, a January Qigong series is planned. Finally, there will be six workshops on Wednesday evenings on “Getting Connected”. Topics will include blogging and how to upload digital photography. Patrons will be able to bring their own laptops or use the library’s.
Old Business: The Personnel Board is recommending a re-grade for the Library Director position. This will go to the selectmen for approval.
New Business: Budget season is approaching. We discussed the possibility of adding one hour to the year round library schedule, so that the library would open on Thursday at 2:30, rather than 3:30. This is intended to accommodate families who are picking up schoolchildren and would like to be able to drop into the library at that time. Currently, there are only two afternoons (Monday and Wednesday) when the library is open after school. Many of the parents have requested this additional hour of service. The Board of Trustees voted to approve the addition of the cost of this additional hour to the budget for FY 2012, with an option to remove this amount if not approved by the FINCOM. The only other proposed increases in the budget are for the annual step and cost of living
increases and the related increase in the minimum expenditure.
Meeting adjourned at 10:17 AM. Next meeting will be January 18th at 9:00 AM.