April 16 Budget Work Group Minutes

Estacada Public Library Board of Trustees

Budget Work Group Minutes

April 16, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Flora Community Room

Meeting Called to Order

Chair Hardman called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Present:  Dir. Janet Bowen, Dir. Suzanne Sager, Dir. Kraig Bartel, Chair Karen Hardman, LD Anna Stavinoha, CR Denise Carey.

Absent:  Dir. Earlean Marsh.

Public Input – None.

Budget Discussion

LD Stavinoha explained the major points of the budget including the reduction of funding from the county library district, the addition of library hours and the increased beginning fund balance.

CR Carey explained how the beginning fund balance is determined.

Dir. Bartel feels that personnel services needs to be addressed because the proposed budget includes using approximately $60,000 of the beginning fund balance.  Other than collection development, there is no place else in the budget to cut that amount of funds. Dir. Bartel would like to look at not having two librarians with MLS degrees.   He feels that a library of our size does not need or have the money to require this.  Dir. Sager would like to see what other libraries in the district have.  OLA standards require only one for a library of our size.

CR Carey explained some of the details of the budget including contractual services, facility maintenance, legal expense and the history of staffing at the library.

Dir. Bartel would like to see a small amount saved each year for maintenance issues that will come up in the future, such as a new roof, replacement furniture, etc.  He would also like the signage issue to be addressed that has been left hanging and would like to see computer classes offered.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.