Personnel as well as maintenance and repair items highlighted the September meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Trustees.
Ashley Willmschen has been hired as a replacement for Alicia Wilson, the part-time shelver in Aurora, according to Library Director Jean Berg.
Beatrice Miller, full-time library assistant in Marionville, has resigned due to health concerns with an effective date of Oct. 1.
Berg said she has hired Peggy Haralson as a part-time replacement for this position with an effective date of Monday, Oct. 5. Berg requested that the full-time position be changed to a part-time (24 hours per week) position with no benefits, and the board agreed.
Several maintenance and repair items at various branches were reviewed. They include:
* Aurora: Installation of backer rod and caulking between cement and bricks on the entry way has been completed by Kent Wilbourn Construction at a cost of $531; and repairs to the air conditioning unit by Central Sheet Metal at a cost of $150.
* Cassville: Repair service to air conditioning unit by Schoen Heating and Air at a cost of $90.
* Mt. Vernon and Aurora--Painted flag poles and trimmed large tree off the Mt. Vernon roof by Steve Tiller at a cost of $225.
* Cassville and Pierce City: Backflow valve inspections completed by Davco Plumbing at a cost of $265.
* Monett: Installation of phone line and pulling computer cable for tech services office by Gene Spivy at a cost of $210; repairs to roof around the air conditioning unit by Golubski Roofing at a cost of $3,950; trimmed dead limbs out of the hedge tree by Steve Tiller at a cost of $175; bush hogged the vacant building lot by Mike Smith at a cost of $125; and replace burned out air conditioning fan motor and mount on roof unit by Heller Heat and Air at a cost of $926.50.
Within two days of this repair, the second fan motor also burned out and has to be replaced. Another new motor has been ordered. Heller also repaired the air conditioning drain line at a cost of $55.
In other matters, Berg noted fundraising for the new proposed Monett Branch is continuing. She said a book sale is planned for this fall.
Circulation statistics for the month of July and August were reviewed. Circulation continues to climb in all branches, Berg said, and public computer use has increased dramatically.
Database cleanup has been completed. Library borrower cards that expired prior to January 2008 have been deleted from the database.
This process involves a deletion of borrowers who have not used library branches for over 18 months. The purpose for doing this is to weed out those people who have moved away and those who have changed addresses. The library district currently has 30,547 registered borrowers. Borrowers who do return to the library may have their card reinstated.
The Mt. Vernon Branch received a $500 donation from the Eagles organization. The organization plans to use the money to purchase equipment and CDs. The Cassville Branch received a $1,000 donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation that will go toward an Early Literacy Station.
Berg mentioned an Eagle Rock Friends Group is forming.
Kent Wilbourn Construction submitted a bid for maintenance repairs at the Cassville Branch, which was accepted by the board. The bid includes removing the old caulk around the concrete walkway and installing half-inch backer rod in the crack and commercial caulk for $614. The bid also includes sanding and repainting all of the hand rails with exterior commercial paint for $1,287. Total bid for full project is $1,901.00.
The next meeting of the board will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8.