|The possibility of placing a tax levy initiative on the April ballot was discussed by members of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Trustees at their Jan. 14 meeting.|
Library Director Jean Berg presented a list of pros and cons to consider before asking voters to approve a tax levy increase. The board has been looking at ways to boost district funding since last fall when Governor Jay Nixon vetoed House Bill 148, which forced the local library district to reduce its tax levy from 17.43 cents to 15 cents.
The board also looked at the expense of placing a bi-county issue on the ballot. According to Berg, it would cost the district approximately $30,000 to hold the election. Before spending that amount of money, Berg said the board wanted to be confident the issue had a good chance of passing.
After much discussion about the tax levy issue, the board decided to postpone placing a tax levy increase on the ballot until the economy improves in the bi-county area.
On a more positive note, Berg reported that the William T. Kemper Foundation and Commerce Bancshares Foundation have made contributions in the amounts of $3,333 and $750 respectively in support of the capital campaign to build a new branch library in Monett. The donations represent the second payment on three-year grants from both foundations that total $12,000.
Berg also updated the board on the installation of the fiber optic connection in Monett, which has been delayed due to weather.
Vaughan Construction submitted an estimate of $680 to dig the ditch, install 62 feet of conduit and a cable anchor on the library, drill through the brick and exterior wall for cable access to the interior and install a back board for the equipment.
|According to Berg, MOREnet approved the estimate, and work will proceed as soon as weather allows and Vaughn can get the project scheduled. All expenses associated with the fiber optic installation will be reimbursed by MOREnet, the library district's Internet provider.|
|In new business, the board approved a request from Berg to purchase 10 Quick Cam Pro 9000 cameras, which are to be installed at each branch library's circulation station.||The cameras will allow library staff members to add a picture ID of each library user to the automated circulation record. Berg said these pictures would allow staff members to determine that the library card user is the person registered on the card.|
The cost per camera is $103.98 for a total allocation of $1,040.
In other business, the library board:
* Learned that Judy Edwards had been hired as part-time children's coordinator in Miller, and Cheryl Williams has been promoted to Kelli Getman's full-time children's coordinator position in Cassville. Sylvia Long is the temporary children's coordinator hired to cover for Cindy Rinker in Mt. Vernon. Rinker is on extended leave for surgery.
* Reviewed circulation statistics for December 2009. Cassville ranked highest with circulation of 8,778 items for the month. A total of 41,557 items were checked out from all branches in December with 3,410 patrons using the Internet computers.
* Accepted the treasurer's report that included a disbursement from Equalization Funds in the amount of $12,054 for the purchase of 12 replacement computers for office and library database access. The bid for the 12 computers was accepted during a phone poll of all board members taken on Dec. 18, 2009. The board voted to award the bid for the computers to Software Specialists.
Board members who attended the Jan. 14 meeting included Ann Hall, Donna Cheek, Lester Richesin, Felicity Nesbitt, Julie Vaughn, Charles Peiter and Jewell Farwell. Regina McIlrath was absent from the meeting.