Mount Pleasant Public Library: Board of Trustees Meeting

Minutes of the Meeting of February 15, 2018

Trustees & Liaisons present: James Calabro, Larry Levine, Jorge Marmol, Emil Muccin, Mary Ann Quinn, Marcie Krauss, Robert Huerster, Paulette Dimovski, Laurie Smalley, Joe Stargiotti

Also in attendance: Adam Gaynor, Plan A Advisors, Brian Skarstad, patron and neighbor

Also present: John Fearon, Library Director; Vivian Gufarotti, Assistant Library Director

Administrative: Trustee Calabro called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM

The minutes of the January 18, 2018 meeting were approved. Moved by Trustee Dimovski, seconded by Trustee Marmol, and passed.

Adam Gaynor from the consulting firm Plan A Advisors talked with Board members about the work the Library hired his firm to do to address the situation in the Library at the end of the school day.

After discussion, it was moved by Trustee Krauss, and seconded by Trustee Muccin, that:
It is hereby resolved that the Town Comptroller be authorized to:
• Pay all vouchers reviewed and approved by the Library Director and the Town Comptroller, for the month of February 2018, for a total of $43,793.24
• Pay Arenson a $500.00 deposit for two office chairs for the Branch Library
• Pay Empire Office Inc. $1,068.65 for three chairs for the Director’s Office
• Reimburse Vivian Gufarotti $437.94 for the purchase of three book carts from Amazon on the Library’s behalf
• Pay Dennis MacDougall $975 for Building Consulting services
201802-01 The motion passed.

After discussion, it was moved by Trustee Levine, and seconded by Trustee Marmol, that:
It is hereby resolved that the 2017 Annual Report to the Public be approved.
201802-02 The motion passed.

After discussion, it was moved by Trustee Huerster, and seconded by Trustee Calabro, that:
It is hereby resolved that
• Joan Smyth be appointed to the position of Library Clerk (Hourly), effective 02/19/18, at an hourly rate of pay of Library Clerk: Special Assignment Step 1, as detailed in the Authorized Personnel Salary Schedule 2018, approved December, 2017
201802-03 The motion passed.

After discussion, it was moved by Trustee Muccin, and seconded by Trustee Levine, that:
It is hereby resolved that the following groups may use the Library for their meetings: Westchester Knitting Guild; Mah Jong Group; Saw Mill River Audubon Nature Book Club
201802-04 The motion passed.

Director’s Report and Points of Discussion

Brian Skarstad, who lives across the street from the Library, raised concerns to the Board about planned modifications to the Library parking lot. After Mr. Skarstad left the meeting there was a conversation between the Board members and Village Liaison Stargiotti, during which Mr. Stargiotti confirmed that the parking lot reconfiguration agreed upon at a meeting at the Library on 1/25/18, including Village officials and Library Board members (described in an email Director Fearon sent to attendees later that day) was recommended by the Village. Liaison Stargiotti also said he would report back to the Village Board about concerns raised by Brian Skarstad.

Trustee Calabro moved for adjournment at 9:20 P.M., seconded by Trustee Levine. The motion passed.

Next meeting: Thursday, 3/15/18 at 7:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, Robert Huerster