LAWRENCEVILLE -- Finances to pay for materials used in Gwinnett County Public Library's summer reading program were approved on Monday at a called board meeting.
The trustrees approved $36,009.35 from the Georgia Public Library Service for materials that need to be ordered and received by June 30. That was the only vote taken by the trustees, but their meeting ran more than three hours long and included an executive session of nearly 90 minutes.
In the public portion of the meeting, the trustees and staff discussed the fiscal year 2014 budget, presented by Jane Walters, the division director for business services, which was projected to have a 3 percent reduction in revenue to $17.57 million.
The "buddy system," which is one option for how many hours the library would be open was also considered along with personnel resources.
Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, the executive director of the GCPL, said library officials are concerned about maintaining a certain level of service to customers, along with security of each building.
"To get these, we had to give up levels of service, but that's happened over time," she said.
Personnel expense was projected to have a 1 percent reduction to $13.91 million, and it's expected to be the sixth straight year staff will not have a pay increase.
The $1 million reduction in county funding has only recently been noticed by customers, Stanbery-Kellam said, as she referred to the materials budget.
Board chair Dick Goodman then asked, "What are people going to have to wait for," he said. "Is it what they need or want?"
Design plans for two capital projects are moving along, each paid for by library SPLOST funds. The $7.6 million relocation of the Lilburn branch, and the $2.77 million upgrade and addition to the Norcross branch were each highlighted.