Meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. EST by President Schottenfeld
Janet Hiser, Olivia Karis-Nix, Don McKnight, Stacey Rattner, Faith Schottenfeld
Marge Kehrer, Doreen Truesdell
Adoption of Agenda
There were a couple of additions to the agenda: Add “Reviewing the Social Media
Policy” under Old Business and “Nominating Committee” under New Business.
President Schottenfeld proposed to adopt the agenda. Treasurer Hiser seconds.
Beginning tonight, Director Peker and President Schottenfeld have instituted a “pre”
meeting prior to every board meeting.
The collaboration meeting of Nassau/East Greenbush/Castleton libraries met on
September 23. Since both the Nassau Library and Castleton Public Library are both at
the beginning stages of their strategic planning, the group decided they would meet
again after the libraries developed their strategic plans and established priorities of each
Regarding the budget, there has been positive feedback from Supervisor Denis Dowds
on our budget and our collaboration between the three libraries. We are still waiting to
hear how the budget will proceed with the Town Board. The president of the East
Greenbush Library recommended that as we work on our strategic plan, we also include
discussions of having a 414 and becoming a special district library in the future.
President Schottenfeld moved to accept the September 2013 minutes with the change
from Treasurer Heiser and President Schottenfeld; Vice President McKnight seconded.
See attached. Additional highlights include:
★Story Hour numbers have gone down. Director Peker is looking for ways to market
story hour in the community.
★Director Peker is waiting for Civil Service to approve hiring Natalie Schipano as
Librarian Trainee and then as the Librarian I once she receives her degree.
Barb Kelp reported.
★She thanked the Board for the support for the Village Wide garage sale book sale and
the Schodack Island Festival.
★The Barnes and Noble event is Saturday, November 23. Volunteers are needed from
9:00 am - 10:00 pm. Any donations for the raffles and baskets are appreciated. Gift
wrapping volunteers are also needed for December 20, 21, 22 and 23.
Administrative Committee- Social Media policy will be discussed under Old Business.
Finance Committee/Treasurer’s Report--Treasurer Hiser reviewed the treasurer’s report.
Because staff expenses were lower than anticipated it is projected that there will
probably be a surplus at the year’s end. This money will be moved into the Money
Market fund. Treasurer Hiser and Director Peker anticipate that they will be able to
present a preliminary budget at the November meeting. They are having a consultation
with UHLS to discuss financial policies and procedures and from that meeting they will
assess if and how they will need to reallocate financial responsibilities.
Operations/Capital Projects--Trustee Karis-Nix shared that the Committee met following
the Board meeting last month and are putting everything on hold until after the building
inspection. Director Peker shared that an inspector has been contacted. She will reach
out to the Village to clarify the process and how the cost of the inspection will be
Strategic Planning--Vice President McKnight shared that the survey is set to go using
Survey Monkey. It will go out in an email to patrons. The other ways to reach out to the
community is in print advertising such as the Castletonian and the Advertiser. The
Board agreed to volunteer or pay staff for additional hours to enter data, if needed.
Treasurer Hiser suggested that the survey monkey link be on the print survey. Other
suggestions included reaching out to the school district and Castleton Kids by asking
the survey link be included on their FaceBook page and/or website. The end date for
the survey will be three weeks from the start date. The drawing date will be one week
after the end date.
Social Media Policy--Treasurer Hiser moves to accept the Social Media Policy. Trustee
Karis-Nix seconds. Approved 5-0.
Castleton-in-Bloom fundraising raffle--Andrea who is a staff person who also happens to
be the chairperson of Castleton-in-Bloom. She asked if they could raffle off a basket to
raise funds for a scholarship. A discussion ensued that fundraising would only be
limited to the Friends of the Library and we would not allow fundraising opportunities
from other organizations in the library.
Nominating Committee--Vice President McKnight reminded the Board that it is now time
to discuss the slate of officers for the next year. President Schottenfeld will send an
email to Mayor Keegan about the possibility of recruiting new Board members in the
Castletonian. Director Peker reminded the Board we had discussed inviting community
members join committees without the commitment of becoming a Board member.
President Schottenfeld will email the Personnel committee regarding this issue.
The process of the AUD was discussed. The AUD will be on the agenda as Old
Business in future meetings.
Vice President McKnight would prefer not to be the vice president next year. Trustee
Karis-Nix expressed an interest in taking over that position.
Barb Kelp shared that the East Greenbush Fire Department will be donating portions of
their Saturday pizza night to Peter’s Dairy. You can also go to the Schodack Central
School District website to donate online. Nonperishable items are also being accepted
at the Castleton Ambulance.
President Schottenfeld made a motion to go into Executive Session to continue the
conversation from last month regarding personnel. Trustee Karis-Nix seconded.
Approved 5-0. President Schottenfeld made a motion to conclude Executive Session.
Treasurer Hiser seconded. Approved 5-0.
President Schottenfeld motioned to appropriate $500 from our checking account as a
gesture of our support for the director’s service, payable within the next 30 days. Vice
President McKnight seconded. Approved 5-0.
Meeting adjourned at 9:34 p.m.
The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 18 at 7:00