KENDALLVILLE — The Kendallville Public Library has a new business manager. Melissa Erving, on the job for only the second week, attended her first library board meeting on Tuesday evening.
Executive Director Mindy Patterson said Erving is settling into her position and the last pay period has gone well. Erving will manage library finances, required reporting and human resources, and serve the board as recording secretary.
In an ongoing issue with the Kendallville building’s roof, Patterson said she finally had an appointment with a representative from the manufacturer to assess the stains developing on the roof.
The manufacturer agreed months ago that the stains were a manufacturing defect and that the roof replacement would be under warranty, but the company was slow to arrange the site visit which clears the way for the roof replacement.
At the Limberlost branch, a pole in the parking lot needs reflective paint so library traffic doesn’t keep hitting it. Library administrators agreed to paint the pole with yellow stripes.
A neighboring business owner had parked on Limberlost land and blocked the entrance of staff, which generated complaints. Paterson said the business owner was told to stop parking there, but continues to do so. Library board member Debbie Blaine said she would contact the owner of the business.
The library board has also agreed to mark the south parking lot of the Kendallville Library as a staff parking lot. with signage painted on the asphalt. This lot is near the staff entrance, but the spaces are often occupied by Lake Bixler park users. Patrons often park in this parking lot at all hours to use the library’s WiFi connection.
Staff who work evenings have expressed concerns about the safety of those who may be in the area when they leave / Patterson said the library also had an incident where a man was sleeping in the parking lot. The council suggested that staff members use a buddy system so that no staff member leaves the building alone.
Indiana’s carrying firearms without a license law went into effect July 1. Both library branches will close Aug. 10 until 2 p.m. for ongoing staff training with Kendallville Police Chief Lance Waters on public space requirements and enforcement. .
Most of the hour and a half meeting was devoted to a discussion of library bank accounts. Trustees consider interest rates, the quality of customer service and the assistance provided in transitioning such a large account, should they need to make a change.
The library accounts have been at Campbell & Fetter Bank for 40 years, administrators said. Community State Bank recently sent the board a packet of information about its services.
Patterson is also researching health insurance plans.