Board Minutes of January 23, 2018

Montour Falls Memorial Library
Minutes of Trustees Meeting
January 23, 2018

Trustees present: Elaine Dalrymple, Marian Saks, Gary Emerson, Cindy Emerson, Phil Cherry

Trustees absent: Sam Shama, Phil Chicone, Fred Sibley, Heidi Berghoff, Phil Archer

The meeting was called to order by Cindy Emerson at 6:03 p.m.  There was not a quorum present.

Minutes from the December 19, 2017 meeting were submitted by Gary Emerson, reviewed, and approved.

Treasurer’s Report for December 2017 was submitted by Marian Saks and approved.

Committee Reports:

Finance Committee- met on January 18, 2018.  They met to do the audit.  Cindy Emerson, Vince Chicone, and Marian Saks were present.  The 2017 budget was filed.

Personnel/Nomination/Procedures Committee-  did not meet

Building and Grounds Committee- met on January 18, 2018.  Roxanne Leyes, Phil Cherry, and Vince Chicone met and discussed that the village wants to bring the doors to the library up to code by adding crash bars on the inside.  Vince was going to get an estimate for the door work.

Fund Raising/Community Relations Committee- did not meet

Board Actions:

No actions since there was not a quorum.

Board Information:

Old Business-Update regarding letter from Stephen Compese, et. al., dated 12/7/17.  Brian Hildreth of STLS reported that Sharon Philips of NYSED would respond to the letter.

New Business-  Discussion on the sustainable library option; it was decided to put that off until sometime in the spring.  The board also discussed applying for additional funding next year through the tax levy.  A letter would have to be submitted to the school board.  Cindy Emerson will find out when it must be in by and the board may have to have a special meeting to consider it.

Library Director’s Report– Director Roxanne Leyes reported on the General and Children’s programs.  The library staff is preparing the state report and gathering numbers for that report.  Roxanne reported that over 13,000 people visited the library in 2017.

President’s Report–  Cindy Emerson reported that she and others will meet with state representatives in Big Flats at a Town Hall meeting.  The state is considering cutting library funds and she hopes they can urge our lawmakers to not support that. 

Public Expression– none

Adjournment–  Motion to adjourn at 7:07 pm by Phil Cherry, seconded by Marian Saks.  Meeting adjourned.

Next Meeting–  February 27, 2018, at 6 p.m.  We may need to have a meeting sooner to consider asking for a small increase in funding through the school board for next year.  We will need to get a quorum to vote on it.


Respectfully submitted, Gary Emerson