Library Talks Finances

ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Community Public Library Board of Trustees reviewed the library’s 2012 permanent appropriations at the regular meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Among the adjustments made from the temporary appropriations, $3,000 was moved to the facilities maintenance and repair fund and the children and young adult line items were combined into one fund.

“We used to have children and YA as separate line items,” St. Marys Community Public Library Treasurer Bob Maurer said. “It didn’t increase the total amount, it just moved things around.”

The memorial fund was also increased.

“We decided to increase the permanent appropriations to $9,000 on the memorial to just be spending a little more than what we had in the fund and then $1,000 for some supplies and for the signs,” Maurer said.

Board members approved the 2012 permanent appropriations.

A group of board members recently toured the vacant building next to the library, with hopes that the owner may donate the property to the library.

“We looked over the bank building,” Board Member Ruth Ramsey said. “We walked around and took some pictures. We looked at the footprint of the building and we talked to John at the bank and found that the utilities were within reason.”

Board member Linda Schloemer said the property provides the library an opportunity to expand in the future.

“Our library is bordered by a road, a road and a parking lot,” she said. “If we ever want to expand, that’s the only way out ... It seems like a winning situation to me.”

St. Marys Community Public Library Director Sue Pittman prepared a letter to inform the owner of the property that the library was interested in the property, and board members authorized her to send the letter.

“We’re just inquiring, we’re not committing ourselves to anything,” Pittman said. “I don’t think there’s too much else we can do until we have an answer to that question (if the bank would like to donate the building and land to the library).”

Pittman noted several upcoming programming events slated for March, including the Tuesday Evening Book Club, which will met at 7 p.m. March 13, and an after school movie on March 14, among others, in addition to the continuation of the library outreach programs.

In other business, board members:

• Approved the February meeting minutes.

• Approved the financial report.

• Approved a motion to to close the library on Monday, April 16 for a staff in-service day.

The next regular meeting of the St. Marys Community Public Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. April 11.