MPL board meets to discuss ongoing suit, personnel requests

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees first began its regular meeting in closed session on Thursday, Jan. 12.

The board moved to go into closed session to hear from Attorney Josh Taylor about the ongoing suit between Marshall Public Library and Saline County Historical Society.

According to meeting minutes, Taylor noted the change of venue to Lafayette County, and discussed types of action that may be sought, like declarative judgement, replevin and injunctive relief, during the suit. A hearing on a motion to dismiss the case was set for Jan. 23.

According to online court documents, a conference call was scheduled for March 23 at 10 a.m., with the plaintiff to amend Count II of the case by Feb. 13. The defendant, Taylor, will then be given until Feb. 23 to file a response.

Regular session followed, where December meeting minutes were approved.

According to meeting minutes, MPL Director Wicky Sleight gave the treasurer's report in absence of Allison Lucas. Sleight noted that only 8.6 percent of real estate tax had been collected because taxes were not due until the end of December. She also mentioned that the Machine and Equipment expense line item, currently at $5,260 in the negative, would be covered by a grant to be received in the spring.

During the librarian's report, Sleight said the library received $910 in memory of Brenda Miller, who participated in Lit Wits at the library. She noted that there were only four libraries out of 21 member libraries who borrowed more material than MPL, which saved approximately $3,225 through borrowing rather than purchasing. Lastly, she said the library has hired Arianna Hunter to provide homework help, and gave an additional six hours per week for cleaning to Cindy Harper, already on staff, after Cindy Romey resigned from the position.

The board once again moved into closed session after regular session to discuss a request made to the Personnel Committee by Sleight.

According to minutes, Sleight had requested her vacation hours to be changed to five weeks per year, and she would earn eight hours per pay period. She noted that the library does not observe four of the 11 holidays the city of Marshall observes.

A second issue by Sleight involved travel mileage, in which the board approved the use of the Internal Revenue Service's policy for reimbursement.

A third and final concern made by Sleight was that her Interim Director contract states she is to be covered by the Local Area Government Retirement System, but that period of time was not covered by the city.

The board decided to visit with the city administrator and review a recent change in the days the library is closed.

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