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Geneva library to increase hours, merit-only pay for employees

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 7:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 7:38 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva library patrons likely will have more time to check out books and movies, as officials are poised to extend the time the library stays open on Fridays and Sundays by one hour on each day.

The board is expected to vote on the issue at a special meeting 6 p.m. today at the library, 127 James St. 

Library board President Esther Steel said the proposal is for the library to close at 6 p.m. Fridays and 5 p.m. Sundays. Currently, the library is open until 5 p.m. Fridays and 4 p.m. Sundays.

“I’m excited about that change,” Steel said. “Our patrons come home from work on Friday night, and they want to go to the library. And for Sunday, it’s the same thing. We have a very busy Sunday with a lot of people coming in and out of the library.”

Another agenda item for the special meeting is action on “employee compensation or performance” following a closed session on personnel and property acquisition.

Steel said she could not comment on the employee issue because it involves personnel. Steel said she also could not comment on whether the property acquisition had to do with a new appraisal of the Sixth Street School property – a possible site for a new library. 

Board members also are expected to vote on a proposed policy for merit pay increases for employees. Steel said the library was looking to have pay raises be tied to merit instead of cost of living.

“All employees will be evaluated, and all their raises will be based on their performance,” Steel said. She said she did not know what employees thought about that proposal.

The board is also expected to act on a salary schedule for employees, approve a revised family leave policy, general personnel changes and a revised policy on background checks.

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