Board Meeting Minutes October 26 2023: DRAFT

Sherman Free Library Minutes from Board Meeting held on Thursday, October 26th, 2023


In Attendance: Sue Nephew, Kris Jarrett, Betty LaMoria, Janelle Jurkiewicz, Gail Baker, Christine Wilson, Staley Rich, Tara Orr, and Melissa Collins


Meeting called to order at 4:00pm


The board voted to change the By-laws to allow for a person who resides or works in the geographical area around Moriah, NY to be a member of the Board of Trustees for the Sherman Free Library.


Gail B. made a motion to change the by-laws as proposed. Staley R. seconded the motion. All were in favor. 


Betty L. proposed to accept Melissa’s addition to the board. Christine S. seconded the motion. All were in favor.


Minutes from the August 10th meeting were accepted. Janelle made a motion to approve the minutes and Staley seconded the motion. All were in favor.


Minutes from the September 3rd meeting were briefly discussed.


Gail motioned to accept the minutes and Christine seconded the motion, motion was carried. 


Kris shared the Director’s Report. See Director's Report October 2023


There was discussion about amending the requirements to obtain a library card.

Town of Moriah residents require an ID. 

Campers, visitors, and temporary residents are asked to provide proof (bill or lease).

One card per person

Change to each borrower or household allowed 4 items at a time.


Motion made by Staley to add that a borrower or household member to allow 4 items at a time.

Seconded by Janelle. All were in favor. Motion was carried.

Fall/ Winter Hours- Kris is proposing a change in hours. The change he is suggesting is 12:00- 5:00 on Wednesdays. Currently the hours are 12:00- 4:00. We are adding in 2 hours over the course of a year, 1 hour in the winter and 1 hour in the summer. It was decided that since winter was coming, we would try the hours and see how it goes. 


Gail made a motion to approve the 2023 Proposed Budget. Staley seconded the motion. All in favor. 


New Business:


Vicky Sargent resigned from her position on the board and as treasurer. 


Discussion about the Board of Trustees. There is a 3-year term. In the By-laws it is believed that it states a member can only miss 3 unexcused meetings and remain on the board. The board chair may excuse the members. 

In January, Kris will be contacting board members to double check contact information and when they joined the board. 


Dates were set up for meetings in 2024. They are as follows:


Thursday, February 15th- 4:00pm

Thursday, May 9th- 4:00pm

Thursday, August 8th- 4:00pm

Thursday, October 24th- 4:00pm


Meeting adjourned at 5:22pm. Christine made the motion to adjourn and Betty seconded. All in favor.


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