Library board adopts 2016 budget, sets meetings

Tribune staff reports

The Jackson County Public Library Board of Trustees adopted the 2016 budget during its regular meeting Monday at the Seymour Library.

The approved operating fund budget is $2,198,467, with a preliminary tax rate of 11.42 cents.

The board approved 2016 board meeting dates and 2016 closing dates as well as a change to the property and building use policy allowing after-hours use of Wi-Fi.

The board also approved a personnel change and health, life, vision and dental insurance changes effective Dec. 1, surplus furniture and equipment, a resolution to remain in the Indiana State Library Consortium for Public Library Internet Access 2016-17 and after-hours technology programs at the Medora Library with the use of a mobile lab purchased with Library Services and Technology Act grant funds.

Board President Susan Haskett appointed Josh Bartley (chairman), Dan Thomas and Cindy Rider to the nominating committee. The committee will submit a slate of officers at the November meeting for a December election.

The board also discussed a recent appraisal of library artwork and progress on the 2014-16 strategic plan.

The board’s next meeting is at 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Medora Library.

Photography forum meeting scheduled at arts center

Autumn scenes and fall festivals will be the subjects when the photography forum at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts meets at 7 p.m. today.

All interested photography enthusiasts are invited to bring their best five or six images on a flash drive or other device that can be plugged into a laptop for viewing on the wide screen at the arts center, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour.

“The photo share is not a contest or competition,” said Eric DiBlasi Jr., one of the forum’s organizers. “It’s strictly for fun, but don’t be surprised if you pick up a tip or two for future reference.”

This is a free activity open to all ages and skill levels.

Information: 812-522-2278

Schedule for closures to pave at rail crossings updated

The city of Seymour recently announced a revised schedule of tentative dates for road closures for paving at two rail crossings.

The newest schedule has South O’Brien Street at the CSX Transportation crossing closed from Friday through Monday, and the Sixth Street crossing of the Louisville & Indiana Railroad closed from Monday through Oct. 29.

Information: 812-522-4020

Holiday decor available at Joyful Tidings open house

Joyful Tidings open house will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Trinity Resale Store (The Cougars Den), 601 W. Second St., Seymour.

Proceeds from the store benefit Trinity Lutheran High School.

Thanksgiving and Christmas decor will be featured along with gift items, household, jewelry, apparel and more.