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Minutes from Board Meetings


2014

AGENDA


Present: Kathy Dunne, Owen M. Rumelt, Ralph Reissman, Ray Duran, Dorothy Mascia & Regina Mascia.

Absent with prior notice: Lenny Zehnwirth

Guests: Elizabeth Olesh, Noah Tomicich and Shireen Abed

Meeting was called to order at 7:52 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Elizabeth Olesh discussed the next steps to our long range plan.

Noah Tomicich presented to the board his ideas of planting a garden in the front of the building as his Eagle Scout project.

Shireen Abed addressed issues regarding changes in her schedule.

A motion to approve Noah Tomicich's Eagle Scout project of a garden in the front of the building was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

The working budget meeting will be held on February 19th at 7:30pm.

A motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on December 16, 2013 was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.
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A motion to approve the treasurer's report was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve Warrant #652 dated January 27, 2014 in the amount of $318,191.47 was made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Owen M. Rumelt. The motion carried unanimously.

There was no Director's report but the director reported that the installation of the 2nd floor lobby door took place on January 9th. The director will call for estimates for replacing the staff entrance door.

A motion to approve the personnel actions was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

The board declined the proposal of New Media marketing & communications.

Further discussion on the electronic bulletin board was tabled for the February meeting.

Executive session began at 9:32 pm and ended at 10:20 pm.

A motion made to approve the schematic design for the south basement was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

The next board meeting will be February 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm.

Motion made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth to adjourn the meeting at 9:55 pm.

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AGENDA

Present: Kathy Dunne, Owen M. Rumelt, Ralph Reissman, Ray Duran, Lenny Zehnwirth, Dorothy Mascia & Regina Mascia.

Meeting was called to order at 7:58 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

A motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on January 27, 2014, as amended, was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the treasurer's report was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve Warrant #653 dated February 25, 2014 in the amount of $192,366.58 was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth with the exception of check numbers 7926 & 7974. The motion carried unanimously.

There was no Director's report but the director reported that our librarian, Linda Joe was involved in a car accident and may be out for 8 weeks. The director will be meeting with the union delegate and the library's attorney to further discuss the staff computer policy. The director will research companies that digitalize documents for future discussions.

A motion to approve the personnel actions was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

The board received correspondence from Shireen Abed, YA Librarian and Jocklyn Carter, Children's Librarian. The board discussed both letters and asked the director to respond to both inquiries.

A motion to approve the electronic bulletin board contingent upon receipt of an acceptable rendering of the sign and its location was made by Lenny Zehnwirth and seconded by Ray Duran, also authorizing Board President, Kathleen Dunne to review and approve on behalf of the board. The motion carried unanimously.
The director will get dates from Elizabeth Olesh for the planning of the long range plan.

The library board will keep the 2014/15 budget under 1% and will use funds from the capital fund to make this possible.

A motion to approve exceeding the tax cap was made by Lenny Zehnwirth and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the SED resolution was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive session began at 9:17 pm and ended at 9:31 pm.

The next board meeting will be March 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm.

Motion made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth to adjourn the meeting at 9:35 pm.

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AGENDA

Present: Kathy Dunne, Ralph Reissman, Ray Duran, Dorothy Mascia & Regina Mascia.

Absent with prior notice: Lenny Zehnwirth & Owen M. Rumelt

Guests: Julia Mascia & Bill Beehner from Bounce the Box, LLC.

Meeting was called to order at 7:57 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Bill Beehner came to answer any questions or issues the board may have regarding outstanding invoices.

A motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on February 25, 2014, as amended, was made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the treasurer's report was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve Warrant #654 dated March 24, 2014 in the amount of $174,142.06 was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

There was no Director's report but the director reported on her Public Library Association conference to Indianapolis.

A motion to approve the personnel actions was made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

The board reviewed correspondence received from Prime Auditors and asked that it be forwarded to the library's counsel for review.

Elizabeth Olesh was on vacation but the director will contact her for dates for the planning of the long range plan.

A motion to approve the 2014/15 budget was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman, as changed. The motion carried unanimously.

Regina Mascia and Ray Duran volunteered to be on the board for the electronic bulletin board committee.

A motion made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Ray Duran to increase the staff travel & conference policy to $90 per day for meals. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Ray Duran to use Microsoft services for library computers.

Rotary Foundation dinner will be on May 8th, 2014 at The Milleridge Inn.

Executive session began at 8:49 pm and ended at 9:14 pm. A motion made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman to release checks #7926 & #7974 to Bounce the Box, LLC. from the prior month. The motion carried unanimously.

The next board meeting will be April 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm.

Motion made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Ray Duran to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 pm.

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AGENDA

Present: Kathy Dunne, Ray Duran, Lenny Zehnwirth, Owen M. Rumelt, Dorothy Mascia & Regina Mascia.

Absent with prior notice: Ralph Reissman

Meeting was called to order at 7:54 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

No public in attendance.

A motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on March 24, 2014, was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Kathy Dunne. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the treasurer's report was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve Warrant #654A dated March 24, 2014 in the amount of $4,465.00 was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve Warrant #655 dated April 29, 2014 in the amount of $208,119.99 was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

There was no Director's report but the director reported that the weekend custodial staff discovered that the hot water heater is leaking. The director will obtain prices on a hot water on demand unit if the unit has to be replaced.

There were no personnel actions to approve.

The board reviewed correspondence received from Baldessari & Coster regarding their annual audit.

Kathy Dunne is beginning to organize the committee for the library's five year plan.

A motion made by Lenny Zehnwirth and seconded by Owen M. Rumelt to accept the IT contractor contract on a monthly review basis services. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive session began at 8:35 pm and ended at 9:10 pm.

The next board meeting will be May 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

Motion made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 pm.

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AGENDA

Present: Kathy Dunne, Ray Duran, Lenny Zehnwirth, Owen M. Rumelt, Ralph Reissman, Dorothy Mascia & Regina Mascia.

Meeting was called to order at 8:03 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

No public in attendance.

A motion to approve the minutes as amended of the meeting held on April 29, 2014, was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the treasurer's report was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve Warrant #656 dated May 20, 2014 in the amount of $185,304.01 was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

There was no Director's report but the director reported that the library received SED approval and is awaiting the engineering approval for the south basement.

There were no personnel actions to approve.

Kathy Dunne is beginning to organize the committee for the library's five year plan.

A motion to approve Innovative self check was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve Member Library Support of NLS for 2015 in the amount of $16,014 and 2016 in the amount of $16,963 was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

Future board meetings have been tentatively scheduled for July 28, Aug 25 & Sept 22, 2014.

Executive session began at 8:17 pm and ended at 8:37 pm.

The next board meeting will be June 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm.

Motion made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph Reissman to adjourn the meeting at 8:38 pm.

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AGENDA

Present: Kathy Dunne, Ray Duran, Lenny Zehnwirth, Owen M. Rumelt, Ralph Reissman, Dorothy Mascia & Regina Mascia.

Guest: Ben Manu-Osmosis

Meeting was called to order at 7:50 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Ben Manu from Osmosis came to discuss the IT support services his company can provide the library.

A motion to hire Osmosis for IT support was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes as amended of the meeting held on May 20, 2014, was made by Lenny Zehnwirth and seconded by Owen M. Rumelt. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the treasurer's report was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve Warrant #657 dated June 24, 2014 in the amount of $185,932.90 was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

There was no Director's report.

A motion to approve the personnel actions was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

The library board received an informational letter from the Elmont Board of Trustees in regards to their objection in supporting the Nassau Library System.

A motion to approve the 2015 library calendar closing dates was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the 2014/15 board meeting dates was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Ray Duran that the Treasurer and a board member of the library are authorized to pay, in advance of an audit by the Board the following claims.

    a. Utility payment for electric to PSEG
    b. Utility payment for gas to National Grid
    c. Telephone bill
    d. Capital One Bank
    e. American Express
Any such claims must be presented to the next meeting of the board for audit. This motion is being made due to the timing of payment of these bills. The motion carried unanimously.

Ralph J. Reissman reaffirmed his term as trustee until June 2019
The Reorganizational meeting was held.

A motion made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph J. Reissman to nominate the following members for the positions of President, Vice-President and Secretary; President: Kathleen Dunne; Vice-President: Ray Duran; Secretary: Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph J. Reissman for the selection of bank, attorney, labor counsel, auditor, treasurer and newspapers, the following entities and/or individuals were nominated:

    Bank: Capital One Bank
    Attorney: Peter Fishbein; Bee, Ready, Fishbein, Hatter & Donovan, LLP
    Labor Counsel: John Regan
    Auditor: Baldessari & Coster LLP
    Treasurer: Michael Tomicich
    Newspaper: Newsday, Daily News, Herald, Beacon, NY Times, Chief & Wall St. Journal.
    The motion carried unanimously.

Executive session began at 9:34 pm and ended at 9:35 pm.

The next board meeting will be July 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm.

A motion made by Lenny Zehnwirth and seconded by Ray Duran to adjourn the meeting at 9:38 pm.

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AGENDA

Present: Trustees Owen Rumelt, Ray Duran, Lenny Zehnwirth, Kathy Dunne and Ralph Reissman, and Library Director Regina Mascia. Dorothy Mascia was absent with notice.

Guests: Donna Lipper, Noah Tomicich, Michael Tomicich, Bibliotheca representatives

1. Call to Order at 7:47 p.m., Pledge of Allegiance Recited

2. Public Comments: Donna Lipper commented on the library's Web page as not being current and up to date. President Dunne explained that the staff member responsible for updating the Web page had been absent due to injury and, now that she has returned, will be updating the Web page regularly. In addition, one staff person each from the Adult section, the Young Adult section and Reference will be updating their respective sections on the Web page.

A second issue question raised by Donna Lipper was how to respond on the Web page to the Notice for Long Range Planning. The Director will confer with the Web page designer to clarify the public's ability to so respond.

Noah Tomicich reported that the planning for his project for the Boy Scouts, the beautification of the front and side of the library building by planting shrubbery and flowers, has been completed. The next step is to install the shrubbery and flowers, to be performed shortly.

3. Approval of Minutes. A motion to approve the Meeting Minutes of the meeting held on June 24, 2104, as amended to correct the date of tonight's meeting to July 28, 2014 was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

Representatives from the Bibliotheca Company presented a proposal for Radio Frequency Identification ("RFID") to code items in the library's collection, and provide self-checkout machines for patrons.

4. Treasurer's Report. A motion to approve the Treasurer's Report was made by Lenny Zehnwirth and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

5. Approval of Warrant # 658. A motion to approve Warrant No. 658 in the amount of $292,337.80 was made by Owen Rumelt and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

6. Director's Report. The Director reported on the upcoming Community Yard Sale to be held in the Town parking lot adjacent to the library building. The Director also reported that the IT installation, including the installation of new computers, is going well. The HVAC computer will need to be replaced.

7. Schedule of Personnel Actions. Part-time Page Josephine Tuzzolo resigned. Diana Wolfe has been hired at a part-time Clerk to replace the part-time Clerk who moved to Florida. A motion to approve the Personnel Actions was made by Lenny Zehnwirth and seconded by Owen Rumelt. The motion carried unanimously.

8. Correspondence. The Director received a letter from New York State Senator Dean Skelos informing her that he secured a $20,000 in Bullet Aid.

A letter was received from two librarians outlining some logistical concerns regarding new YA lending privileges. Since many of them have been anticipated, Director Mascia will let them know the plan for addressing them.

9. Unfinished Business

a. Five Year Plan. The President and Director will attend a Webinar in mid-August regarding retooling the library's offerings and staff training for STEM Education (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics).

The President and Director are also in the process of forming a committee to formulate the Five-Year Plan, including talking to staff members about which staff members would be interested in joining the committee.

b. Library Logo/Website. The issue of the Library logo/website was tabled for next month's meeting.

c. Library Programming. The Board discussed programming more daytime events.

d. Carbon Monoxide Detectors. The issue of carbon monoxide detectors was tabled for next month's meeting.

10. New Business

a. Lending Audio-Visual materials to Young Adults. The library will create a Young Adult library card category by affixing a colored sticker to the library card, upon presentation of the patron's school identification card, and the Young Adult status will be noted in the circulation computers. The Director will meet with Department heads to implement this new policy.

b. Library Cards for Private School Students. For students attending St. Thomas and Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, the library will issue library cards providing borrowing privileges from September 1st through August 31st of each year. Student must show proof of current enrollment.

c. Transfer Juvenile Book Funds to Juvenile Audio Funds. Upon motion of Lenny Zehnwirth, and seconded by Owen Rumelt, the Board unanimously approved the transfer of $5,000.00 from the Juvenile book funds to Juvenile audio funds in response to growing use of Juvenile audio materials.

d. Library Digitization Project. Jean King presented to the Director a report on making digitized copies of pictures provided by the West Hempstead Historical Society.

e. Resolution for expenditure for renovation. At a meeting held July 28, 2014, upon motion of Owen Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran, the West Hempstead Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to authorize the expenditure of $596,497.00 to renovate part of the library's basement for use as a multi- purpose room.

11. Executive Session. The Board did not hold an Executive Session.

12. The next Board meeting will be held on August 25 at 7:45 p.m.

13. A motion to adjourn the Board meeting was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Owen Rumelt. The motion carried unanimously, and the meeting was adjourned at 9:41 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Ralph J. Reissman, Secretary


AGENDA

Present: Owen Rumelt, Ray Duran, Kathy Dunne, Ralph Reissman, Dorothy Mascia, Regina Mascia. Lenny Zehnwirth was absent.

1. Call to Order at 7:53 p.m., Pledge of Allegiance Recited

2. Public Comments: No public in attendance.

3. Approval of Minutes. A motion to approve the Meeting Minutes of the meeting held on July 28, 2014, was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

4. Treasurer's Report. A motion to approve the Treasurer's Report was made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

5. Approval of Warrant #659. A motion to approve Warrant #659 in the amount of $197,712.75 was made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

6. Director's Report. Construction grant. The Director will speak to Jackie Thresher at NLS in regards to guidance on how and when to proceed and also, if breaking down the project is a better option.

7. Schedule of Personnel Actions. A motion to approve the Personnel Actions was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

8. Correspondence. Inquires addressed to the Board via email will be addressed at the next board meeting as correspondence.

9. Unfinished Business

a. Five Year Plan. The Director will make some inquires on who will be able to assist us.

b. Library Logo/Website. The Director suggested sending an employee to college to take a course to learn the program.

c. Library Programming. The issue of the library programming was tabled for next month's meeting.

d. Carbon Monoxide Detectors. The Board is waiting for additional information to be provided.

10. New Business

a. Transfer funds from Adult CD account to adult audiobook account. A motion to approve transferring $2,000 from adult CD account to adult audiobook account was made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Owen M. Rumelt. The motion carried unanimously.

b. Usage of lower level restrooms during non-program times. Due to safety and security concerns, the Board request the lower level restrooms be kept locked during non-program times.

c. Attendance of Library Director to NYLA conference. Upon a motion made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman, the Board unanimously approved the Director's attendance to the NYLA conference 11/5-11/8/14.

11. Executive Session. Executive session began at 8:48 pm and ended at 9:05. A motion to hire a part time page was made by Owen M. Rumelt and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

12. The next Board meeting will be held on September 22 at 7:45 p.m.

13. A motion to adjourn the Board meeting was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Owen Rumelt. The motion carried unanimously, and the meeting was adjourned at 9:07 p.m.



AGENDA

Present: Ray Duran, Kathy Dunne, Ralph Reissman, Lenny Zehnwirth, Dorothy Mascia, Regina Mascia. Owen M. Rumelt was absent with notice.

1. Call to Order at 7:53 p.m., Pledge of Allegiance Recited.

2. Guest- Roseanne Dorfman spoke about the variety of adult programs that the library offers.

3. Approval of Minutes. A motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on August 25, 2014, was made by Lenny Zehnwirth and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

4. Treasurer's Report. A motion to approve the Treasurer's Report was made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

5. Approval of Warrant #660. A motion to approve Warrant #660 in the amount of $201,578.29 was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

6. Director's Report. The Director spoke with Jackie Thresher at NLS, who in a few months will be able to assist us on how and when proceed on applying for a construction grant and also, if breaking down the project is a better option. The director shared the results of the survey from the street fair.

7. Schedule of Personnel Actions. A motion to approve the Personnel Actions was made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

8. Correspondence. Received reports from Children's, YA and Adult summer reading programs on the success each had this summer.

9. Unfinished Business

a. Five Year Plan. The Director will make some inquires on who will be able to assist us.

b. Library Logo/Website. The heading on the website was updated.

c. Carbon Monoxide Detectors. The issue of carbon monoxide detectors was revisited and we are awaiting on John Petersen as to the county's requirements.

10. New Business

a. RFID/Security System. The board requested that they be presented with a hardcore proposal as well as a digital copy and a timeline for implementation.

b. Fountain. The director will get obtain quotes on repairing the stucco on the exterior of the fountain.

c. July 3, 2015 closing. A motion to close the library on July 3, 2015 was made by Ralph Reissman and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

d. Children's Room Computer Policy. A motion to approve the new Children's Room Computer Policy was made by Lenny Zehnwirth and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

11. Executive Session. Executive session began at 9:26 pm and ended at 9:31. A motion to promote Librarian Trainee, Gina Locurcio to a full time status was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously.

12. The next Board meeting will be held on October 27 at 7:45 p.m.

13. A motion to adjourn the Board meeting was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Lenny Zehnwirth. The motion carried unanimously, and the meeting was adjourned at 9:32 p.m.


AGENDA

Present: Trustees Owen Rumelt, Ray Duran, Kathy Dunne and Ralph Reissman, and Library Director Regina Mascia. Dorothy Mascia and Lenny Zehnwirth were absent with notice.

Guests: Albert Zuyus, Albert Coster (auditor)

1. Call to Order at 7:55 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

2. Public Comments. Albert Zuyus stated that, as a frequent patron of the Library, he has frequently noticed the same man and woman, who come to the Library with a pushcart, sleeping on the chairs and couches in the reading section on the first floor. He was advised that the Director and Board are aware of the situation, and will consult with counsel as to how to interact with the couple.

Mr. Zuyus also commented on the proliferation of baby carriages and nannies in the entrance area, which makes entry difficult, and also that the nannies park their carriages and carry on lengthy social conversations. The Director will look into potential solutions to this issue.

3. 2013/2014 Audit. Albert Coster of Baldessari & Coster LLP presented the 2013/2014 Audit Report. Mr. Coster explained that the Audit Report reveals that the Library continues to operate with sound financial management and controls.

4. Approval of Minutes. A motion to approve the Meeting Minutes of the meeting held on September 22, 2014, as amended, was made by Owen Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

5. Treasurer's Report. A motion to approve the Treasurer's Report was made by Ray Duran and seconded by Ralph Reissman. The motion carried unanimously.

6. Approval of Warrant # 661. A motion to approve Warrant No. 661 in the amount of $227,812.94 was made by Owen Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously.

7. Director's Report. The Director reported that the patron who had been stealing books over a period of time was apprehended. The patron is now permanently banned from the Library and, in addition, her card is canceled so that the patron cannot take books out of other libraries which would be charged back to the West Hempstead Public Library if the patron failed to return the books.

In addition, the Director was informed of the theft of a series of video games which were sold at a Game Stop store. The store clerk called the Library after he recognized that the games belonged to the Library. The Director went to the store to identify the items as stolen from West Hempstead, and a police report was filed.

The lighting in the Reference Area has been upgraded.

8. Schedule of Personnel Actions. There were no personnel actions.

9. Correspondence. No correspondence was received.

10. Unfinished Business


a. Five Year Plan. The new Assistant Director at NLS, Ms. Caroline Ashby, will meet with the Director and the Board at the November Board meeting to discuss the Library's Five-Year Plan.

b. Carbon Monoxide Detectors. The Director has contacted Corkrey Electrical to install the carbon monoxide detectors.

c. RFID/Security System. This item was tabled for discussion at the November Board meeting.

d. Fountain. Due to the cost of maintaining the condition of the fountain, with pumps frequently requiring repair, and masonry deteriorating, the Director will send a letter to the Haas family to discuss funding for the repairs, or potentially closing the water function of the fountain.


11. New Business. There was no new business to discuss.

12. Executive Session. The Board went into Executive Session at 9:30 p.m. The Board came out of Executive Session at 9:34 p.m.

13. The next Board meeting will be held on November 17, 2014 at 7:45 p.m.

13. A motion to adjourn the Board meeting was made by Owen Rumelt and seconded by Ray Duran. The motion carried unanimously, and the meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,
Ralph J. Reissman, Secretary

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