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Blue Mound Memorial Library

June 2019 Meeting Minutes


Anne Byard, President  

Diana Kupish, Secretary  

Amy Brown, Treasurer

Nancy Gorden, Trustee

Kathy Brownlee, Trustee  

Dani Noland, Trustee 

Julie Jones, Library Director 

Alice Reed, Consultant 


At 6:00 p.m. the meeting was called to order by President Anne Byard  


The Board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  


Secretary’s Report:  The minutes for the May 27th Blue Mound Memorial Library Board of Trustees had been emailed to everyone to review.  Julie verified that everyone received the minutes electronically. Amy Brown made a motion to accept the minutes as written.  Nancy Gorden seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes.    


Treasurer’s Report:   The Treasurer’s report was presented in writing. Alice added that the accounts look good.  Building and Equipment is negative but she transfers once per year from Special Reserves.  The painting project with Trimble’s Construction may begin soon if the forecasted five days of dry weather actually happens.  Trimble’s will be paid out of Special Reserves.  Kathy Brownlee made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.  Dani Noland seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes.  


Librarian’s Report:    

  • Erin Ireland attended a Barcoding I & II class at the Decatur Public Library on June 18th which means she will be able to take in new books and process them correctly, from start to finish.
  • The Library Annex is being used about twice a week by Speech and Occupational Therapists for children in the community who need these services.
  • The Girl Scouts made and donated a flower box full of flowers to thank the Library for letting them have their meetings here. The girls painted the flower box and planted flowers in it. It is outside the Annex door near the Walk of Remembrance.
  • Library Activities: 
  • Local Police Officer (Chief Chad Lamb) held a meet and greet at the Library on June 11th from 7-8 p.m.. It was attended by about 25 people. Casey’s provided refreshments of pizza, donuts and water.
  • Book Club had to be rescheduled due to conflicts with T-ball and other events. They met on June 21st to discuss the book Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl. Dani mentioned that all of the participants cooked something from the book and then shared it with the rest of the group. The book had mixed reviews but the activity was enjoyed by all.
  • Summer Reading – registration was June 3rd – 8th and resulted in 165 children, 19 adults, and 4 babies signed up for the program.
  • The Hanson Family Jugglers performed on June 14th and was excellent. They had been here before about 20 years ago sharing that the program was hopefully going to put their three children through college. Now, twenty years later, one daughter is getting married, one boy is in college and the third child is still in high school but expected to be attending college in the near future.
  • Softball and Ice Cream Program was on June 19th and of course it rained. But the program was moved inside the Community Center and everyone had a blast. Parents of some of the children participants commented that it was a great program. Ice Cream refreshments were an additional hit.
  • Up Coming Programs Include:   
  • Book Club will meet on July 18th to discuss the “The Dog Walker’s Diary” by Kathryn Donahue
  • Summer Reading - READiculous is scheduled to be here on July 10th at 10:00 a.m. Initiated by ladies from the Decatur Public Library, the presenters will read and act out some of their favorite books for the audience.
  • Scovill Zoo will be coming on July 17th at 10:00 a.m. and the library expects 75 in attendance.
  • The Swim Party will be on July 24th from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
  • Traveling Help Desk: A representative from Congressman Rodney Davis’s office will be here at the Library on June 25th from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to listen to community questions, concerns, and ideas.Old Business:  
  • Painting of the Building - still waiting for the rain to let up. Jack Trimble needs several days of dry weather before he can begin.
  • Roof - Tabled until other repair projects are done.
  • Lighting in the Annex – was completed by Rob Holthaus and it looks wonderful. An extra light was installed just outside the storage area in the Annex.
  • Sign - Lily Sign Company finished and delivered the sign which is now stored in the furnace room. It will be installed after being notified that Jack Trimble’s paint project has been completed.
  • Tree in front of the Annex – Curt Swigert replaced the dead tree (free of charge), with a new tree, a Japanese Maple.
  • Street Numbers on Door – The numbers required by the Macon County Emergency Telephone System Board in compliance with 911 standards have been placed above the door.
  • Thank You Card – A lovely thank you card was received from Anne Byard for the Bradford Flowering Pear tree given to her following the loss of her son.New Business: 
  • Date for Budget Hearing: August 26th at 6:00 p.m. just prior to the Regular Board Meeting
  • Committee to Review Meeting Minutes: Dani Noland and Nancy Gorden volunteered to review the Minutes for the past twelve months.
  • Budget Committee Report: Amy Brown and Alice Reed submitted the budgets from Fiscal Year 2018-2019 and the proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. There is an increase in the Total Budget of $2000 which is anticipated from the Per Capita/Memorial Fund. Julie Jones left the room:

  • Budget for Salaries – Due to the state increase in minimum wages, the Library will necessarily be increasing all employees wages. The increase is reflected in the Budget as $1000 more than the previous fiscal year. Changes area as follows: Julie Jones hourly rate will go from $18.50 to $19.50. Erin Ireland will increase from $10 to $10.25 per hour. Monica and Lindsey will move from $9 to $9.25 per hour and Carolyn Wetzel will increase from $135 to $145 per pay period. Dani Noland made a motion to accept the Budget as presented. Amy Brown seconded the motion. The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes. Other: Personnel: Motion to adjourn:  With no further business to discuss, Nancy Gorden moved to adjourn the meeting;  Kathy Brownlee seconded.   The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.   


Diana Kupish, Secretary

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