of the Lebanon Public Library
of Trustees Meeting, August 25, 1999
meeting was called to order at 4:05 p.m. by President Tom Whitsitt.
Present were members Ruth Lucas, Marsha Truitt, Mike Burns, Sharon Wood
and Jane Myers. Ron Morelock arrived at 4:12 p.m. The meeting was coordinated by Director Larry Hathaway.
Whitsitt’s statement that the Executive Session of August 18th had included
only discussions as advertised per Indiana Code was approved after a motion by
Mrs. Lucas was seconded by Mr. Burns. The
Secretary’s report was approved with a motion by Mrs. Myers and seconded by
Mrs. Lucas. The Treasurer’s
report was approved after a motion from Mr. Burns was seconded by Mrs. Truitt,
and the board was advised that a special meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m.
September 8th to approve the budget.
Department Head reports were discussed and special mention was given to the
increase in circulation, as well as the enthusiastic efforts put forth in the
Director’s report prompted several motions, all of which were unanimously
approved. Mrs. Lucas
made a motion, seconded by Mr. Burns, to close the library on Christmas
Eve as well as Christmas Day and New Years Eve as well as New Years Day.
Mrs. Truitt made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Myers, to continue our
current level of involvement in Indiana Visual and Audio Network; and Mrs. Myers
made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Lucas, to authorize $6,683.00 for the GTE
telephone system installation (with Mr. Morelock suggesting that GTE be
approached about the possibility of slightly lowering their bid.)
was reported that as of August 23rd, Project Literacy had received $1,264.50
from patrons of the library through our special two month amnesty period, and a
Thank you note was read from the Lebanon Boys and Girls Club expressing
appreciation to the library for the $637.20 donation our June amnesty month
provided them. The 2000 budget
summary was presented and discussed in detail.
new business, Mr. Hathaway’s resignation as our Director to accept a like
position in another library was unanimously approved after a motion from Mrs.
Truitt was seconded by Mrs. Lucas. Mr.
Burns’ motion to reinstate Jim McKee as Adult Services Librarian, without any
lapse in salary and with no vacation time being charged against him during his
absence, was seconded by Mrs. Myers and approved unanimously.
Whitsitt, who has chosen as President not to be a voting member of the board
except to break a tie vote, made a statement that he disagreed with this board
action and personally considered it bad procedure for the library.
He also disagreed with the fact that our amnesty periods include
forgiveness of lost items, but the board conversation that ensued produced no
supporting consensus of opinion.
were approved after a motion from Mrs. Myers was seconded by Mrs. Wood, and the
board then recessed to Executive Session.
board reconvened its regular session at 5:45 p.m., at which time Mr. Burns made
a multi-faceted motion which was seconded by Mrs. Lucas and unanimously
was decided that Mr. Hathaway will continue as the active Director only through
August 31st, though he will by paid in full through September 18th, the original
effective date of his resignation. All
his remaining vacation days will be charged against this final pay period.
McKee will be asked to resume full time duties as Adult Services Librarian
effective September 1, 1999.
offer will be made to Children’s Librarian Kay Martin to become Interim
Director of the Library effective September 1st, with her duties including the
full responsibilities and authority of the Director. The offer is to be based on a salary of $32,000.00 per year
during the interim period and her tenure in this position will be subject to
review until a more definite decision is made in this regard, which will
probably be after the first of the new year.
meeting adjourned at 5:51 p.m., with the next regular meeting being scheduled
for September 22nd.
Mike Burns, Secretary Tom Whitsitt, President