Cortland Community Library Board
Place: Cortland Community Library
December 7, 2011

Members present: Mary Benson, Carol Scidmore, Harlan Hawkins, and Chris Ferguson. Absent: Maxine Divine, John Francisco, and Martha Carter. Also present: Barb Coward.

Meeting called to order by Harlan Hawkins at 7:05 p.m.

November 16, 2011 minutes read. Mary Benson made a motion to approve November 16, 2011 minutes. Chris Ferguson seconded the motion. Voice vote and all in favor. Minutes stand as approved.

November 2011 treasurer’s report reviewed. Harlan Hawkins made a motion to approve the expenditures of $20,637.97 for November. Carol Scidmore seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Mary Benson-aye, Chris Ferguson-aye, Carol Scidmore-aye, and Harlan Hawkins-aye. Motion carried.

The librarian’s report for November was presented.  Short discussion was held.

Mary Benson made a motion to hire Phil Lenzini to do the levy for the Town beginning next year. Harlan Hawkins seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Mary Benson-aye, Chris Ferguson-aye, Carol Scidmore-aye, and Harlan Hawkins-aye. Motion carried.



SWOT analysis for Board budget ideas.  A short discussion was held.

Hearing of Citizens – None.

Friends of Cortland Library – Have not met. 

Book Club – Heather Black has not decided on a book choice. The group went to see 'The Help'.

DATA grant (fiber optic) – The library should have fiber optic by summer 2012. Barb Coward attended a meeting.

Sign – Sign is still interfering with police radio. Chief will turn off the sign when necessary if it is interfering with the police radio.

Budget & updates - Began cutting hours of the staff to save money. It could be a savings of $5,000/year.

Website/ Fan Page - Laura Mesjek adds information to the fan page.

RAILS updates - No money.

PrairieCat status & costs - Getting rid of 'unionless' libraries.  There will be a December 15 meeting to discuss the issue.  Cost for PrairieCat will be $8,000/year.

LACONI workshops - Last Friday, Barb Coward attended a workshop about 'Planning for Reading Forward'.

TIF District - It is coming closer to fruition.



Tentative 2012-2013 budget - Tabled.

OMA certification for Board members - Due by the end of January.


Chris Ferguson moved to adjourn the meeting. Mary seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 7:58 p.m.           

Submitted by Carol Scidmore