MLS/WMRLS Update–September 21, 2015 Executive Board Meetings
A public meeting of the Executive Board of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System (WMRLS) at 1:00-2:00 PM on September 21, 2001 at 4 Sandy Lane in Whately, Massachusetts. The Executive Board adopted resolutions to take action to dissolve the WMRLS Corporation after the sale of the Whately facility and after USDA forgives the debt on the mortgage. This step is necessary in order to meet the expectations of our mortgage holder. There was some brief discussion about this and other topics from the public and there were no objections raised by the public. The sale is moving forward with closing scheduled for October 5th. The town employees will begin moving into the building later in October as the town plans to use the facility as Town Hall and to house a regional EMS service.
MLS is continuing to evaluate relocation options along the I-91 corridor with a goal of moving into new space within 90 days of the closing. In the interim, most staff in Whately will continue to operate in the building under a leaseback provision in the sale. This sale will result in substantial long-term savings.
The Executive Board appointed Laura Luker, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, to fill a vacancy on the Board until the election at the Annual Meeting.
Budget Discussion—As we plan for fy2017, MLS is facing substantial increases in costs for delivery services. These increases reflect increased cost of doing business owing to implementation of increases to minimum wage and the earned sick leave law in Massachusetts and implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the federal level.
It is likely that these increases will limit MLS’s ability to fund other services. The Board discussed how this is likely to have a long-term detrimental effect on MLS’s ability to contribute substantial funds to future agreements for statewide databases after the expiration of the current contracts after fy2017. It was noted that such cutbacks would limit important services in libraries that rely heavily on these databases.
At our next meeting on October 19, 2015, the Board will approve a budget to present to the membership at the Annual Meeting.