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The Moniteau County Library board met Wednesday, Sept. 16 to discuss updates within the library.

The board started off the meeting by approving tax levy minutes and minutes from the group's last regular meeting.

They then moved into their financial report, where librarian Connie Walker informed the board they have received rent from both Artistic Image Salon and CPI as well as a room rental, for a total of $475. The library's tax revenue in August was $743.48. From copy, faxing and library services, the library saw a total of $147.56. The library's interest income for this month was $160.95.

After that, the board went through the checks that have been used since the last meeting.

Next, Walker moved into the director's report. Eight florescent-light transformers will be installed, and she is thinking about getting LED bulbs. The storm that blew through town Aug. 31 first knocked out the internet at the library, and there was a power surge and the plug was completed melted, so they had to order new equipment.

Preschool story-time started, along with an adult craft night of 11 people to keep social distancing. On Oct. 1, the library will be doing the drawing for their library card sign-up month.

The group then moved into old business. Paul Bloch let the board know the parking lot is officially done. The board also had to have the library roof checked out, and they were told that the roof is in good shape and doesn't need any repairs right now.

The board closed the meeting with discussion about the future of the library.

Artistic Image Salon plans on moving out of the space the library is renting to the salon at the end of the year. The board plans on starting to let people know the building is available for rent and plans to keep renting it out for the next few years. There are also plans to clean up and paint the outside of the rental.

The group then furthered its discussion by planning to start the process of remodeling and adding an upstairs addition to both buildings to make them one; the first steps on this path are to make a committee to help them planning, to start fundraising to save money, and to bring in an architect to get an idea of what it's going to cost.

The Library Board's next meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m.

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