Members of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Trustees had a busy November meeting the rising cost of insurance aty the top of their discussions.
According to Jean Berg, director, health insurance premiums for 12 full-time employees will rise from a $85 monthly contribution to $100. The board-covered portion will rise 19.12 percent, from $568.37 to a total of $677.06 per month. Out-of-pocket costs for employees will rise from $1,000 to $2,000. A total of $25,000 was added to the budget to cover these expenditures.
Other changes to the insurance coverage are to doctors visits and prescription plan coverages.
Dental insurance will not see the same type of increase. Employees are currently covered at a cost of $33.59 per month. That will increase by 98 cents to $34.57 per month in 2011. The cost district wide for 18 full-time employees will be $7,680.
In other business, Berg reported the Shell Knob Branch hosted a book sale on Sept. 25, raising $555. The Eagle Rock Branch hosted a Halloween Fest on Oct. 30 and made $400 during the event.
The Cassville Branch Library has received an unrestricted donation from the Nelle L. Campbell estate in Cassville.
Memoriams will be established for Eldora Redenz, who served as supervisor of the Eagle Rock branch when it first became part of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library, and for Laura Vore, who was a librarian at the Harold Bell Wright Library in Pierce City.
The annual library staff meeting is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 17 with staffers participating in training and the traditional Christmas luncheon. All branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library will be closed on that day.
Berg reported the MoreNet contract for the library's district Internet connectivity had been renewed. The annual membership fee is $9,000 and provides Internet, tech support services and free access to several databases.
Due to state budget cuts, network connectivity fees have been added to five of the system's branches. Those fees are $862 for fiber optic lines at Monett and $465 for T-1 lines at Miller, Marionville, Pierce City, Eagle Rock and Cassville. Total billing for those upgrades is $11,786.50 and falls within the budgeted amount.
Berg has requested added bandwidth for Aurora and Cassville, as those facilities have been spiking their 1.5 MB lines to the limit. Upgrades to 3 MB for both facilities would total $218 annually. The board approved the upgrades.
Ten computer purchases have also been approved for 2011 in addition to the 13 that are covered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Funding in the amount of $10,000 has been approved for those purchases by the board.
The next meeting of the board of trustees is slated for 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17 at the Cassville Branch.