Archbold, OH

Library Board Discusses Levy Concern

The Archbold Community Library operating levy expires at the end of the year, but will continue to pay monies from tax collections through 2009.

During the Monday evening meeting, March 17, library board members discussed contacting library supporters about serving on a levy renewal committee.

Joyce Klingelsmith, library director, told board members the levy provides $28,000 for library expenses, and is important revenue. According to the director, this year the library has received about $30,000 less than last year from state funds.

The director said a planned reduction in the state budget is projected at 4% for next year. It will reduce money libraries receive from the state.

The library continues to receive monies from estate gifts, stock dividends, Certificates of Deposits, the Public Library Fund, and estate and personal property taxes. The Ohio CAT tax (Commercial Activity Tax) also adds to library finances, but it is affected by the state economy.

The library also collects money from book fines and room rentals.

Klingelsmith said she needs a balance of $40,000 at the end of the year to pay January expenses.

Professional Development, Personnel Matters

Six or seven members of the library staff will attend the Ohio Library Conference, Friday, April 18. The board approved an expenditure of $960 for staff members to attend. The library is closed that day and story hour is canceled.

During a half-hour closed session (executive session) for personnel matters, the board reviewed a request from an employee related to retiring and returning to employment.

Returning to its open public meeting, the board voted to consider “retire and rehire” requests on a case by case basis. In the open meeting Klingelsmith did not name the employee.

In her director’s written note to board members, Klingelsmith wrote, “An employee is retiring at the end of May and wishes to be rehired into the same position. We don’t have a policy regarding this issue and to my knowledge, it has not come up before.”

Clerk’s Report

Laura Hutchinson, board clerk, supplied each board member with a detailed report of recent expenditures and revenue. It includes the fact that a member of the Palmer family recently added $1,000 to the Palmer Fund CD. The clerk’s report is available at the library.

Board members Corinna Miller, Diane Tinsman and Jed Grisez were absent. The next regular meeting of the board is Tuesday, May 20 instead of May 19.- Sharon Taylor

—— Experts recommend pruning pine trees in late spring.

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