Public Library to be part of Evergreen system
Osgood Public Library will soon become a part of the Evergreen
system after a unanimous approval from the board of managers at
the regular meeting on Tuesday, February 22 at the Milan branch.
According to OPL Director Vicki Butz, joining with the Evergreen
system will allow library patrons access to other libraries within
the system across the state. Currently, the libraries in Versailles
and Batesville are part of the system along with those in Madison,
North Vernon and Greensburg.
Butz noted that although there is no start up costs to join, there
will be a need to upgrade several computers in order to support
Policies are being updated with the volunteer policy addressed
at the meeting. There are two volunteers at the Milan branch,
according to Butz. She presented a copy of the volunteer guidelines
and an application for board consideration. It will be discussed
at a later meeting.
Also being updated, the policy allowing eligible new hires to
participate in deferred compensation, an employer matched retirement
fund. Employees are allowed to contribute up to 5% of their salary
with the library matching the same.
The question was raised as to when an employee can begin to participate.
The motion to allow all eligible new hires to participate in the
deferred compensation plan after 30 days was unanimously approved.
The board discussed whether to close libraries due to bad weather.
Gene Pitts suggested that discretion be given to the director
whether to close or to open later. The board unanimously approved
the motion to allow the director to use discretion when to open
during bad weather.
In other business:
The board unanimously approved to waive overdue fines one
time for children only in order for them to continue to participate
in the summer reading program. The waiver will not apply for items
lost or damaged.
The board approved a week vacation without pay for the
director. Current policy allows for the accrual of vacation days
but the employee must wait six months before requesting use of
The director was advised to hire a contractor to address
a leak in a roof and the sealing of the bricks on the Carnegie
side of the Osgood branch.
Vandalism at the Milan branch was addressed. According
to Butz a flowering tree was destroyed and needs to be replaced
at a cost of $400. The director was advised to wait to replace
All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be
on Tuesday, March 29 starting at 6 p.m. at the Osgood site.