Library board discusses money

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The Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees will look into a policy amendment to its cash handling policy to be certain that money is dealt with properly.

The board discussed the policy Monday evening at its meeting.

"We want an official cash policy to follow as a board," board member David Longwell said.

That policy will address cash handling for the Dinosaur and Maybell branches.

Deposits are processed through the Craig branch cash register. The Maybell and Dinosaur branches run about a week behind because of the distance between branches.

County guidelines require following a strict policy with cash to prevent mishandling of funds. The board is concerned that the director is not able to follow the guidelines.

The board will study a policy amendment to allow for special circumstances for deposits made from the Maybell and Dinosaur branches of the Moffat County Libraries.

Also discussed at Monday's meeting was the director's salary and ways that the board can set compensation for future hires to that position. The Moffat County commissioners establish the budget for the library, and because the library director's salary is set by the board, there are sometimes issues between the two.

Director Donna Watkins recommended that a contract position be established between the next director and the library board. The board will study other counties' salaries to re-evaluate Moffat County's director compensation.

Craig branch reports: The book sale is finished at Centennial Mall. National Geographic magazines and encyclopedias were forwarded to the Dinosaur branch. The Craig branch is searching for a location for its fall book sale.

Dinosaur branch reports: There are furnace problems -- the pilot flames are being blown out on windy days. The phone system crash is being investigated with money approved by the board for repairs. The parking lot paving will be in July or August.

Maybell branch reports: The purchasing of large-print books continues. The branch had 286 visitors in April, which is down from 354 in March and 359 in February.

The next meeting of the Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees is June 19.

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