September 2017




September 19, 2017

OPENING – 4:00 p.m.

  • Chair Nikki called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m.

Trustees present: Warren Neyenhuis, Nikki McConnell, Bob Ratcheson, and Brittany McKenzie.

Staff present: Mark Wetherington, Library Director.

  • Adoption of the agenda. The agenda was adopted as presented
  • Public Comment: No members of the public were present to comment. Jennifer De Groot was in attendance as an applicant for the vacant library trustee position.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting. (ACTION) Brittany made a motion to accept the previous minutes, Warren seconded, approved unanimously.
  • Claims for approval. (ACTION) Warren moved to approve the September claims as presented, Bob seconded the motion, approved unanimously.



  • Financial

The cash balance, expenditures and revenue for the fiscal year through the end of August were reviewed.


  • Director

The director presented basic statistics (circulation, programming, etc.) related to the library’s operations in August. The director provided a staffing update and there was discussion of the retirement of the youth services librarian and recruitment for her position, the strategic planning process, closing of the Bitterroot Job Service and changes to adult literacy service were noted, and changes in which companies are participating in the Small Business Health Options Program as insurance providers.


  • Trustees

A motion was made by Brittany McKenzie to approve Jennifer De Groot as a library trustee to fill the unexpired term created by the resignation of Carole Olson. Bob Ratcheson seconded the motion.



Winter holiday hours approval

A motion to close the library at 5 p.m. on the day before Thanksgiving and 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve was made by Bob, seconded by Brittany, approved unanimously.


FY18 Budget Revision

The budget for Fiscal Year 2018 was revised to include an increase in the county contribution from $10,663 to $14,000. Brittany made the motion to approve, Bob seconded, approved unanimously.



Next Meeting Date

The meeting was adjourned by Nikki. The next meeting of the library board is scheduled for Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 9 a.m. in the meeting room of the library.


Hours and Phone Number

Monday: 10 am to 6 pm

Tuesday: 10 am to 8 pm

Wednesday: 10 am to 8 pm

Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm

Friday: 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday: Closed

Phone: (406)-363-1670 Fax: (406)-363-1678

306 State Street; Hamilton, MT 59840


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