February 10, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

St. Elmo Library District 

311 W Cumberland Road

St. Elmo, IL 62458

The St. Elmo District Library Board meeting was held Thursday, February 10, 2022 at the St. Elmo Public Library.

Board members present were President T. Koberlein, Hord, Crawford, Hough, Kamnick, Arnold, B. Koberlein and Director Karnes.

Guest present was Shelle Sloan.

The meeting was called to order by President Koberlein at 6:02 p.m.

While going over the treasurer’s report, discussions were held about the way Amazon is now splitting up the orders.  President Koberlein suggested getting a credit card to make bookkeeping a little easier. Further review of getting a credit card just to be used for Amazon purchases will be reviewed.  Minutes of the 2/10/2022 meeting approved.  A motion was made by Crawford and seconded by Hord to accept the treasurer’s report and pay the bills. 

Director Kim Karnes mentioned the Brownstown’s circulation had really gone up last month. St. Elmo employees had been good about collecting fines for overdue books. Director Karnes said that ProWire got the cameras installed at the Brownstown Branch Library. A flat screen TV is now needed to complete the installation. Beecher City Branch Library will be needing one for their security system also.

Guest Shelle Sloan introduced herself as a nurse practitioner working in Shelbyville in family practice. She is hoping to build a medical facility. She is hoping to build an assisted living facility. She is now looking at a piece of ground that is currently leased by the Library District. President Koberlein mentioned if the ground is sold for this purpose, it would have to be published in the paper for others to bid on the ground and the ground would have to be appraised. Discussion was made about the possibility of a 99 year lease. 

As far as old business.  Derrick hopes to get started on the St. Elmo Library reading garden as soon as there is a break in the weather.

The St. Elmo kitchen is still coming along.  The backsplash still needs to be done.  All the lights in the museum have been changed.  All the carpet is down as well as the tile in the kitchen.  Beecher City Library lights have all been switch over to LED lights and it’s making a huge difference. Some of Brownstown Library lights are flickering and that needs to be addressed. A new EXIT light was installed above the double doors in the back room and each door in the museum has a new EXIT sign. After the backsplash is installed the wiring will be finished up. The plumber has been busy with other jobs and there has been a delay with getting things finished up.  Kim was going to contact him to see what his time frame might be.

As far as new business, discussion was made about going with a new design for the memorial for JoAn at the Beecher City library.  Suggestions was made to place a large rock with an inscription.

The Per Capita Grant has been sent in and received. The new lease is ready to be signed. 

For miscellaneous business, the museum back door needs to be replaced. The double door at the back of the library was discussed. Discussion was made about upgrading the bathroom stools.

The board went into closed session at 7:14 p.m.

Closed session ended at 7:22 p.m. Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Hough and seconded by B. Koberlein at 7:27 p.m.