Meeting: Huntingburg Public Library

The Huntingburg Public Library Board met through virtual conference Thursday and:

• Heard a summary of the Library Improvement Committee meeting on March 2. The committee is putting together a plan to remodel and update the library and will begin reaching out to local contractors for quotes. Projects include replacing the lighting throughout the library and remodeling the office and children’s library spaces.

• Retroactively approved the closure of the library for at least 10 days beginning March 17 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure has since been extended to at least April 6 in accordance with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order.

• Agreed that the library will continue to operate according to directives and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana State Department of Health, Holcomb and the Indiana State Library.

• Approved a crisis benefit leave for library employees that will provide an additional two weeks of paid time off due to the COVID-19 crisis that can be taken anytime during 2020. The number of hours of leave will be determined according to the average number of hours an employee worked in a two-week period prior to the pandemic. If an employee does not use the time, it will be paid out at the end of the year.

• Approved renewing a certificate of deposit that matured March 12 at the best rate for a period of two years.

• Approved creating a part-time business and accounting position to help with state reports and budgeting. The position will not replace the contract the library has with Bookkeeping and More.

• Heard that the next meeting will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21, with a location to be determined.

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