Minutes of Meeting

Kent Memorial Library Commission

May 14, 2013


Lynne Cigal called the meeting to order at 7:02 P.M.


I. Roll Call

Present: Michael Alexopoulos, Bob Brooks, Mel Chafetz, Lynne Cigal, M.P. (Sam) Coatti, Joan Greenfield, Joe Grimard, Claire Kawalec, Chris Rago, Bruce Rietberg, and Joyce Wilson.

Absent: Bob White

Also Present: Library Director Jim McShane


II. Public Participation

Sam Coatti welcomed new members Bob Brooks and Joan Greenfield to the Commission.


III. Minutes

Sam Coatti made the motion, seconded by Joe Grimard, to approve the April 9, 2013 minutes. The motion passed unanimously.


IV. Communication Received

In response to her query, Lynne Cigal received emails from the First Selectman delineating the timeline for the recent selection of new members of the Commission.


V. Report of the Director


VI. Standing Committee Report


Michael Alexopoulos reported the Library’s funds are being invested by Skye Investment Group.

VII. Unfinished Business

New Entrance

The architectural plans for the Library’s new entrance meet every ADA guideline for accessibility, handicapped bathrooms, and handicapped parking. The entire project is estimated to cost less than $1.1 million. The Library Commission has already spent $82,000 for the architectural study for this project.


We should hear by the end of September about the $700,000 grant the Town applied for to help fund the ADA-approved entrance to the Library. An additional STEAP grant for $500,000 will be submitted during the summer with notification results due in October. Additional requests may be made to HFPG and the Zak Foundation.


Mel Chafetz made the motion, seconded by Chris Rago, to use up to 50% of the Library’s capital fund to finance the addition. Following discussion, this motion was unanimously defeated.


Bob Brooks made a motion, seconded by Joe Grimard, to commit up to $300,000 from the Library’s capital fund to make up the difference between the money raised from grants and contributions and the ultimate cost of the library entrance project. This motion passed unanimously.


VIII New Business

The Commission discussed Suffield on the Green and decided to maintain its location for this event outside the Library.


The next meeting of the KMLC will be June 11, 2013 at 7 P.M.


IX Adjournment


Mel Chafetz made the motion, seconded by Claire Kawalec, to adjourn at 8:26 P.M.




Respectfully submitted,

Joyce M. Wilson

May 23, 2013