The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Directors awarded a contract for work on the Mt. Vernon and Cassville branches at the February meeting.
Larry Snyder and Company, of Ozark, was the successful bidder for exterior work on both branches for a combined bid of $105,000 plus an estimated $1,500 for tuck pointing on the Cassville Branch. Other bidders were Alexander Construction, Grindstone Construction, Stan Bowman Construction, Dalton Killinger Construction and MTS.
Larry Snyder and Company expects to begin work in early March and finish in 50 days. Director Gina Milburn said a delay was possible if the contractor has difficulty matching the existing bricks.
The board also awarded a contract to D.J. Edwards, master magician, to provide nine shows plus two evening events to open the Summer Reading Club kick-off in June.
In other financial action, the board voted to make the lease purchase payment of $73,232.56 for the Marionville and Cassville branches. The payment covered nearly half of the amount still due.
With property tax revenues for 2012 committed to six-month and one-year certificates of deposit, board members observed the district is paying a higher rate on the lease purchase than they are earning in interest. They decided to revisit the situation at mid-year and possibly pay off the lease purchase at that time.
Milburn reported the district had qualified for state equalization funds for 2012; however, Brenda Allee-Bates, with the State Library, said Lawrence County did not qualify because the county poverty rate dropped from 18.3 percent to 16.7 percent during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
The district will receive $18,896.17 in equalization funds for use only in Barry County branches, which is $4,308.13 less than the previous year. The district received $47,222.17 in equalization funds in 2010-11.
At Milburn's request, the board revised its policy on paying part-time employees on days when a branch had to close for emergencies. Under the old policy, full-time employees were paid and part-time staff were given the chance to make up the lost hours at a later date.
Board members agreed it would be more fair to pay part-time employees regardless, like the full-time employees. Milburn said the move did not cost the district extra money, since the part-timers made up the hours anyway.
Several staff changes occurred in the past month. Georgia Roskelley began work on Feb. 13 as a replacement for Patty Burke as the part-time children's coordinator in the Pierce City Branch. Angela Judd started on Jan. 31 at a part-time clerk at the Cassville Branch, succeeding Carol Griffith.
Architect Richard Werner was contacted to work with Vaughn Dirtworks over extending the concrete drainage pad on the Pierce City Branch. Vaughn initially widened the pad but did not extend it.
Alexander Construction completed installation of a new sidewalk on the Miller Branch on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. The branch was closed for two days.
Milburn arranged to have Bob Lock Construction secure the front awning pillars, caulk and seal the front window and repair a ceiling hole at the Shell Knob Branch.
Work has begun on weeding all the branch collections, one of the district's goals for the year. The staff at the Cassville Branch completed their review in January and February. Either Shell Knob or Miller will also be done this spring.
With the addition of these discarded books at the Monett Branch, storage room is running out, Milburn said. Preparations will start earlier than usual for the annual book sale, which may be held in early June.
The Mt. Vernon Branch received a $1,200 grant from the Mt. Vernon Area Community Foundation on a request from the Mt. Vernon Friends of the Library. Funds will be used to purchase a digital video camera, microphone and tripod to record local events and to document the current look and feel of the county. Interviews will also be conducted with area residents to gather stories about county history. Recorded material will be kept at the Mt. Vernon Branch.
Board members authorized each branch to create its own Facebook page. All new pages will be linked to the library's main Facebook page.
Branch supervisors met in January and concluded several district policies need updating. A committee was organized to look at changing the policy on holding material for customers. Another committee was named work with Milburn on a complete update of policies and procedures.
Other policies have come into question involving record keeping. Paper copies of the Internet policy sign-up form have been signed and kept for each customer. The board authorized branches to shred all paper copies and have customers agree to follow district policies on Internet use to get access to a computer. Customers will also review the policy every time a library card is renewed.
Circulation number for January showed the Cassville Branch continues to have the highest circulation in the system, Milburn added.
The board will meet next on March 8.