Minutes of September 20, 2017

Cortland Community Library Board

Present: Mary Benson, Rich Bliss, Liz Blondell and Marie Kornischuk.

Also present:  Barb Coward

Absent: Victoria Haier & Judy Olsen


The meeting was called to order at 6:58 pm by Vice President Marie Kornischuk.

The minutes of August 16th were read, discussed and approved in spite of small typing errors.

Rich Bliss moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Mary Benson.  Approval passed by roll call vote.


The August Expenditures and Treasurer’s Reports were read and discussed.  Marie Kornischuk caught a typing error in the description of an expenditure for “library protection materials” which were clear book covers.  Rich Bliss moved to approve these financial reports as corrected and Liz Blondell gave the second.  A roll call vote resulted in all approving these financial reports.


There were no citizens to be heard.


The Friends of the Library report was tabled until next month, when Victoria Haier can attend.


Mrs. Coward reminded the Board that lawyer, Phil Lenzini will present a Trustee Training at Genoa Library on October 21, from 10 am to noon.


The text for publication of the 2018-2019 Building Maintenance Fund ordinance was read and approved.  Mary Benson moved to once again Levy this .02% fund, seconded by Marie Kornischuk.  A roll call vote found all Trustees in favor.  Mrs. Coward will arrange for the mandated legal publication and the public may petition to take this to referendum by petition with 297 signatures to be turned in to the Town Clerk by October 30, 2017.  The amount to be levied this year will be only $5,000.


This led into a discussion of the tentative Levy for 2018-2019, totaling $230,000.  Each separate fund was discussed.  The Building and Maintenance Fund is being increased to pay for several increased necessary costs, including landscaping the Mary Aldis Memorial Garden, partially funded by her memorial donations.


Staff reports were not available at this time.


Mrs. Coward and Mrs. Black plan to attend the Illinois Library Convention on October 11, 2017.  They will tour the exhibits and return to Cortland that evening, at minimal cost to the library. 


Mrs. Coward will pursue needed sewer line repairs in October.  The old sewer has been crushed under library property and needs to be dug up and repaired to prevent backup into the library.


The Cortland Fall Festival and Parade will be held on Sunday, October 8th.  The library will have a decorated float extolling us to “Harvest Good Books” at the library; in line with this year’s “Farming” theme.  Additional riders and walkers are needed to throw candy to the crowd.


Next month the Board will discuss and review two tentative policies.  One shall empower Library administration to sell no longer needed materials and equipment.  A second policy will ensure that staff to call ‘911’ for medical emergencies that call for more medical attention than a Band-Aid or ice pack.  Library staff are not trained medical providers.


Marie Kornischuk moved to adjourn, seconded by Mary Benson.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.


Respectfully submitted,                       Barb Coward