Monday, June 20, 2022 Minutes
Welcome/Pledge of Allegiance
The meeting was called to order by President Mitchum at 7:02 pm.
Present: Shane Mitchum, President; Patrick Cartwright, Vice President; Laurie Knaack,
Secretary; Alyssa Mitchum, Treasurer; Colin Strainge, Trustee; Kate Bielawa, Trustee; Melissa Tacke, Library Director
Adoption of Agenda
The adoption of the agenda was motioned by Trustee Cartwright and seconded by Trustee Knaack. Unanimously approved.
Village of Castleton Trustee Lissa D’Aquanni attended in person.
Sustainable Funding: The board discussed the option of pursuing a 259 budget vote and recapped some of the May presentation from Tim Burke of UHLS. Trustee Cartwright put forward a motion to begin investigating the option in earnest and empower the board and director to pursue conversations with representatives of the town, village, school board, and members of the public. Seconded by Trustee Knaack. Unanimously approved.
Mask policy: Director Tacke requested the board consider making masks optional for the foreseeable future, rather than required in the library as they had been at some CDC COVID-19 Community Levels. The Director will continue to monitor the local public health situation. Trustee Cartwright motioned to adopt a policy of optional face masks for staff and patrons. Seconded by Trustee Knaack. Unanimously approved.
COVID-19 leave policy: Trustee Cartwright motioned to extend the Library’s COVID-19 leave for staff through 12/31/2022. Seconded by Trustee Knaack. Unanimously approved.
Director Tacke shared the Summer Reading Club packet, and encouraged board members to share the word about the kickoff on June 25 and the option to sign up at any time thereafter during the summer.
Trustee A. Mitchum motioned to approve the May 2022 meeting minutes. Seconded by Trustee Strainge. Unanimously approved.
Trustee Cartwright motioned to approve the May 2022 Check Detail Reports. Seconded by Trustee Knaack. Unanimously approved.
Director Tacke presented statistics with a comparison against May 2021 and 2020, all months affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Friends of the Library are preparing for bake sales at Schodack Town Park Music in the Park events as well as two Music on the Lawn events with food sales to be held at the Village Hall.
Finance: no report
Administrative: will share at next board meeting the administrative calendar and onboarding checklist developed by the committee; will reconvene committee in the fall to plan for continuing education for trustees
Operations/Capital Projects: no report
Policy: no report; will resume policy review in the next month
Sustainable Funding: continuing to discuss funding options and 259 budget vote as brought to the board’s attention earlier in the meeting
Library Space: no report
Community Outreach & Visibility: met with Director to brainstorm outreach opportunities and identify priorities for community connections to start or resume; will reconvene later in the year
Village of Castleton Trustee Lissa D’Aquanni brought to the Library Board’s attention that the Village Comprehensive Plan committee met recently and that a Community Visioning Workshop will be held Saturday, August 20, 9:30-noon at the Castleton Elementary School gym. All ages are welcome, and village residents as well as anyone who uses the library are encouraged to attend. In addition, regarding improvement of the front lawn space of the Village Hall which had been of interest to the Library Board, the Village is awaiting proposed redesigns from a professional architect for the front yard and walk.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm.