Reports of branch improvements, maintenance and donations highlighted the April meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Trustees.
It was noted that Library Director Jean Berg, along with Joyce and Cindy Frazier, met with Bob Wagner from Hicks Ashby on March 31 to review the Monett Branch building plans and shelving arrangements. They also made some decisions on the configuration of the circulation desks in both the adult and juvenile areas. Berg said Wagner is working on a bid proposal.
At the Marionville branch, Berg said vandals attempted to light the fence surrounding the air conditioning units on fire and shot out two of the outdoor parking lot lights. M/D Electric has repaired the lights, including replacement of a $150 ballast in one.
The Shell Knob Friends of Library donated $1,111.49 to purchase a Wii gaming console, a storage cabinet and a refrigerator for the Shell Knob branch, Berg said. Further, the Cassville Friends of Library donated $600 to purchase items for the Easter egg hunt held in early April.
Berg said a book sale and garage sale are planned for May 28-30 at the Monett garage to raise funds for the Monett Branch project.
Carpet was laid in the Mt. Vernon Branch office on April 4, and vinyl flooring was replaced in restrooms by J & J Flooring on April 8 at a cost of $1,837.56. Faucet repair in the kitchen by Heisner Plumbing came to $64.91.
Annual back flow inspection at the Marionville branch was completed by Davis and Son of Monett at a cost of $75. An outside message board was purchased for the Miller Branch at a cost of $222.20.
The television was repaired at the Aurora Branch at a cost of $478.74, and at the Monett Branch, four receptacles and a closet light were replaced by Bass Electric at a cost of $154.
Mowing bids for the Cassville, Aurora and Marionville branches were reviewed. Twelve bids were received for Cassville with the bid awarded to Da-Pen Lawn Service. Six bids were received for Marionville with the bid awarded to Busy Beez Lawn Service. Nine bids bids were received for Aurora with the bid awarded to Terry Jackson.
Berg reported she has investigated replacing the damaged carpet at the Aurora Branch with carpet squares to avoid having to break down the shelving and move all of the books. She requested that the board authorize the soliciting of bids to replace the carpet, to install ceramic tile at the entry and up to the circulation desk and to replace the vinyl tile in the public restrooms. The board agreed.
In the final item of business, the board voted to proceed with the application for 36 replacement computers for public use.