Board passes new budget, gives employees contracts, lends money to Feeding program at regular monthly meeting
By Susan Salyer
LOUISA, Ky. — On Monday June 13, 2022 the Lawrence County Public Library Board Members met for a regular scheduled meeting at 5 PM. Those in attendance were President of the Board John Osborne, Vice-President Susie Chambers, Secretary Scott Osborn, Member Marc Lester and Librarian Carlie Pelfrey. Absent was Treasurer Kimberly Burchett.
1. May 2022 Minutes – Motion by Scott Osborn 2nd Marc Lester. None opposed. No discussion.
2. April 2022 Financials – Motion by Marc Lester 2nd by Susie Chambers. None opposed. No discussion
3. 2021-2022 Budget Amendment – Motion by John Osborne 2nd by Marc Lester. None opposed. (April report adjusted to June 30, 2022 Budget Lines.)
4. 2022-2023 Final Budget – Motion by Susie Chambers 2nd by Marc Lester. None opposed. (Pelfrey said “I made changes to line 611, added income for Summer Feeding since library is reimbursed and I wanted to keep it separate.”
She said she deleted budget lines 769.1 and 769.2 because no longer is Bond Principal Payment taken from the General Fund. She said she deleted budget line 781 for Hardware public use, example (projector and laptops) She deleted programming line 750.1 and 750.5 for Operational Reserve, escrow for bond paid off was $1,243,692. balance less expenses equals estimated 2022-2023 budget.
Lunches from Dee’s Dairy Bar, given to anyone 18 and under, like this are served at the Public Library each day this summer!
5. Staff Discussion on Library Employees’ Contracts – Motion by Marc Lester 2nd by Susie Chambers. None opposed. Pelfrey said, “I sent a copy of the employee contracts to everyone earlier (that day) and it’s the same for employees except variations in pay, sick days, vacation or service yrs it would also identify job and description.”
Last month Ms. Pelfrey gave herself and all other employees at the Public Library an 8% raise which is reflected on the budget.
6. Board Update – Pelfrey said in discussion, “There were 86 programs at the library and 2,259 people were in attendance,” Pelfrey told the board.
- The feeding program had 1,024 people. This included all breakfast and lunch and Outreach Coordinator Tammy Lemaster (who delivered 55 meals in Webbville, Kentucky.) which left 996 fed in the library
- Pelfrey then said, “Bond Escrow Account is finished for 2024-2025. “I received a call from Citizens Bank, the one that used to be People’s Bank, about the library’s CD (Certificate of Deposit) it was maturing and needed to be renewed.”
- Pelfrey told the board that Dan Miller (Miller Consulting Group) will not be with the board because he was out of town in Washington, D.C. so Pelfrey went over the proposed goals and said Miller would expand at next month’s meeting. “Strengths” at the library are meeting rooms, outreach vehicles, more staff.
- Cons would be the LMS (Learning management system) Pelfrey said the library has an antiquated system and needs to be updated badly.
- Another Con would be book orders take a very long time to receive once ordered.
- Pelfrey wants to advertise to hire two new positions, Clerk and Program Assistant. She wasn’t satisfied with the previous applicants, she said, she wants someone qualified for part-time staff. Pelfrey said Hours of operation hinge on staff, there are staffing issues, Outreach Programs would aid remote print options.
- The library offers FED EX and UPS, New Passport facility, the library no longer have AARP Representatives preparing tax refunds.
- A Threat to the library is SB 167, no discussion.
- supply chain for books and supplies being received,
- Covid, no discussion
- the population, no discussion
- and false and negative publicity (she did not say what was false and where it came from). Motion by Scott Osborn 2nd by John Osborne all in favor.
7. Public Comments-(Nothing said)
8. Adjourned Meeting-Motion by Marc Lester 2nd Susie Chambers
The meeting lasted for 29 minutes and the electricity went off just before it started.
Editors Note — Mrs Carly Pelfrey acted, as usual, in an unprofessional manner at the meeting and refused to even give our reporter a copy of the agenda. She sent an email a couple of weeks ago about what bank the library does (the public’s) business with, which indicates the library does business with all four banks in town. Still nothing on who held the $6.5 million before it was spent this year and where the more than $1.5 million they still have left is kept.