Members were presented with a budget for the 2012 year and reviewed requests from the county's libraries.
Hardy Librarian Cecilia Mullins presented a proposal to the board to consider hiring a cleaning company for the library's cleaning needs.
Mullins noted the request was made at the previous board meeting that both Hardy and Williford librarians begin this service in 2012.
The board voted to allow Mullins to use MC Janitorial in Hardy at a cost of $45 per week.
Mullins noted that MC Janitorial was the only company to submit a detailed bid, and was less costly than individuals who also submitted bids.
The issue of cleaning the library at Williford was then discussed. Marilyn Bischoff told the board she would like to raise the amount being paid to Tracy Ladd at the Williford Library from $50 to $75 a month, because the library has tile floors which require more upkeep.
The request to increase the fee paid for cleaning was denied by the board because the proposal was not in writing.
The request came along with one from the Evening Shade Library for the same increase. Budgets were discussed and the board felt it best to leave the price at its current rate.
Librarians then requested that internet service be increased to accommodate the users. The board agreed to increase their DSL service to the next faster package.
Bischoff also addressed the board on behalf of Williford Librarian Tracy Ladd, about the possibility of being open more than 18 hours a week, due to increased traffic in the library. Bischoff asked for an additional three hours to accommodate the needs of the public.
The request was denied by the board, which suggested opening earlier and closing earlier to get in an additional day. The suggestion was deemed not viable, as Bischoff explained the library needs to be open later to allow more time for school children who to visit in the afternoons.
The board then heard from Norvin Green, building chair for the new Ash Flat library, which is currently under construction.
Green asked the board what was expected in regard to getting moved into the library. He said the expected completion date for the library would be in March.
Because board meetings are held quarterly, Green suggested beginning the process of hiring a new librarian for the facility, so the person could have time to get familiar with the library prior to its opening.
The board agreed to place advertising and begin the process of hiring a librarian.
The Sharp County Library Board meets quarterly at a pre-determined location that is announced in the local media prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.