The Archbold Community Library Board approved spending $4,600 to repair the library building gutters during its Wednesday, May 9 meeting.
Jay Budde, board member and an engineer, said Bo- Dec, Inc., rural Archbold, submitted a bid for $1,500 to repair seams in the rubber lining of the gutters, plus another $3,100 to repair places where the rubber had pulled away from the sides of the gutters.
Budde said the bid was less than he expected, and made a motion to approve the repair.
Joyce Klingelsmith, library director, told board members seven people had signed up for basic computer classes through Every Citizen Online, a state-administered federal program offered through Connect Ohio.
The goal of the program is to train people in basic computer skills. For those taking classes, there is no cost.
Klingelsmith said she spoke with the director of the Every Citizen Online program, who was happy with the number signed up.
She noted the program was not advertised to the public, as it was supposed to be.
In response to a question from Jed Grisez, library board president, Klingelsmith said those who signed up for the computer course were older adults.
Those who complete six hours of classes are eligible to purchase refurbished computers at a lower cost.
Klingelsmith said the summer reading program for adults starts Monday, June 4.
Under the program adults can receive a ticket for each book read, plus an extra ticket if a review of the book they read is posted in the library catalog.
The tickets are entries for a weekly prize drawings. Prizes are provided by local merchants.
Klingelsmith said the goal of the program is to encourage parents to model reading for their youngsters, to encourage children to read.
John Bamonte, board member, said he spoke with Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, about adding additional handicapped spots to the parking lot east of the library.
The lot is owned by the village.
Bamonte said Wyse directed the issue to the Archbold Police Department, which approved adding an additional handicapped space.
When the village restripes the parking lot, the space will be added.
He said that a sign designating a parking space as handicapped must be in place before the handicapped parking restriction can be enforced.
The board met in executive session for about 25 minutes to discuss a personnel matter. No action resulting from the closed-door session was taken.
Board members Helen Row and Sandy Wyse were absent.
The next meeting is Wednesday, July 11, 7 pm, at the library.–David Pugh