Gleason Library Trustees May 17 meeting shorts

Budget

Library Director Martha Feeney-Patten gave a brief budget update at the Library Trustees’ May 17 meeting. “Overall we are on track going into the end of fiscal year.  All bills will be submitted before the fiscal year-end.”  She reported that the second state aid payment for the year in the amount of $2,861 was received and deposited. Trustee Priscilla Stevens said that moving forward after Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen will be asking more questions about line items adding, “The motive is to keep a cap on the tax rate in town.” 

Building 

TBA Architects found that the building has mold in the gables over the side entrances but not inside the building. Feeney-Patten said that holes in a wall caused by the 2011 flooding were patched. Scheduled seasonal maintenance of the heating and cooling systems was postponed due to cold rainy weather. The temperature must be a consistent 65 degrees for maintenance to take place. The air-conditioner chiller dates back to the old renovation and in the next few years should be replaced, reported Feeney-Patten. 

Skillings & Son was not able to complete work on the well due to the design of the underground chamber. The company planned to return at a later date to excavate the well head and install a seal. 

Personnel and staff development

Part-time Library Assistant II Andrea Dollen has resigned effective May 25.  Dollen is moving to Wisconsin and an internal posting for her replacement has been posted. Two staff members attended Reader’s Advisory training. 

Events

Feeney-Patten gave an update of some events that recently took place such as “Search for Medusa” that had over 30 people, the genealogy class that has been getting a good turnout every month and the Mystery Book Club that has grown to 14 members. Upcoming events are the cookbook club, summer reading, teen study night and henna tattoos. 

Strategic Planning

A strategic planning survey is currently in progress and there have been approximately 200 responses so far. Next steps will be determined once the survey is closed and responses have been reviewed. 

Trustee retirement

Stevens presented a gift to Trustee Steve Golson who will end his tenure on May 30. The gift was a framed rendering of Gleason Library to recognize and thank Golson for the years he served as a library Trustee. Golson is moving to Maine at the end of the month and a new trustee will be appointed in June by the Selectmen to complete Golson’s term. ∆