December 8, 2021

Union Free Public Library Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

December 8th, 2021 Via Zoom Video Conference/in-person at the library

Members Present: Ellen Silbermann, Karen Calabrese, Ed Capomacchio, Erin Kate Grabel-Forziati, Cheryl D’Amico and Library Director Cailin Rae

The meeting was called to order at 7:02pm

Secretary’s Report: Minutes were read and reviewed. Karen made a motion to pass minutes and Cheryl second the motion. The motion passed unanimously at 7:04pm.

Old Business:

● Budget 2022-2023: Cailin sent out a budget for review to the board. The allotment of funds to different line items in the expense budget is much the same as last year, with additions being made to the Hoopla (online books), Equipment, and Maintenance line items. Proposed salary will not reflect the usual increase of 3% (aka cost of living). Instead, the salary budget will be very slightly greater than a 3% raise. This increase is purely to reflect and accommodate the two increases to Connecticut minimum wage occurring in the fiscal year 2022-23, which will affect the wages of two staff members. Erin motions to accept the proposed budget and Ed second the motion. The motion unanimously passed at 7:08pm.

Cailin will write an open thank you letter to library donors, to be published in the Selectmen’s Town Newsletter.

Board members who are able to attend the Board of Finance meeting on December 21st, 2021 will go to the meeting to present the budget and answer any questions.

● Alarm Company: Cailin contacted Matt at Industrial Technical services to move ahead with alarm installation. Matt will confirm the availability of the correct alarm panel and will set up installation time.

New Business:

● Winter Programming: Puzzle swap through donation through the community. Senior outreach program, possible probate judge to give a talk.

Town wide tag sale in the spring at the town hall/town green with parking at the church, possible April/May date. Will discuss further at the January meeting.

Treasurer's Report: Cailin sent updated budget expense report.

The next meeting will be held via Zoom conference/in person on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 at 7:00pm.

Ed made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 07:36pm. Erin second the motion and the motion unanimously passed at 7:36pm.

Meeting adjourned at 07:36pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Erin Kate Grabel-Forziat