Residents of the Village of Florida will vote on Thurs., Apr. 4 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the Florida Public Library’s (FPL) annual budget and trustee election. All registered voters in the Florida Union Free School District (FUFSD) are eligible to vote. Absentee ballot applications are available online at www.floridapubliclibrary.org and at the Library, located at 4 Cohen Cir. in Florida.
Two propositions will be on the ballot: one for the Library’s operating budget for 2019-2020 and one for the election of three trustees. The proposed tax levy is $472,458, which represents a total increase of $13,318 over the current year. Estimated tax rates are $1.31 for the Town of Goshen, an increase of 6 cents per thousand and $5.80 for the Town of Warwick, an increase of 15 cents per thousand.
“This budget is as lean as it can be” said Library Director Madelyn Folino. “Our board wisely decided to think ahead and tackle the issue of the coming $15 minimum wage through incremental increases now rather than waiting for it to hit all at once in a few years. We continue to be ‘green’ and save dollars through an upgrade to LED lighting last year. We are especially fortunate to have skilled volunteers who donate their services to maintain the building, as well as the Friends of the FPL who support our programs through funds raised at their used book sales and the Annual Spring Tea.”
Three Trustee Seats Up for Election
Three trustee seats are up for election to new terms commencing on Jul. 1. Two seats are for full three-year terms and one for one year, the balance of Bill Kelemen’s term. Three incumbents, President Cecelia Lillard, Vice President Diane Arcieri and Kevin Lundell, appointed to replace Kelemen, are all running. The two highest vote getters will secure the three-year terms.
Diane Arcieri has lived in Florida for over 30 years and is retired from a long career in human resources management and organizational development. She has a B.A. in Spanish from Hunter College and a master’s degree in Human Resources Education from Fordham University. In addition to her service on FPL’s board as a past secretary, vice president and president and as the current vice president, she also led the development of Florida’s long-range plan and is a trustee on the Ramapo Catskill Library System Board of Trustees.
Cecelia Lillard has lived in Florida for 27 years and is the owner of two local businesses: an architectural design and drafting business and one as a licensed massage therapist. She holds an A.S. in Biology, an A.A.S. in Architectural Technologies, a B.A. in Psychology, and a Professional Diploma from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She is a certified Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension and serves on their Advisory Committee. She enjoys presenting programs as well as working in community gardens and teaching people the value of gardening.
For FPL, in addition to serving as vice president and president since December, she has presented many gardening and cooking programs and supervised the Tween Club in building the Little Free Library installed on Roe Brothers’ front porch.
Kevin Lundell was appointed to the Library Board in December. He is a lifelong Orange County resident and a graduate of Goshen High School. He has a background in internet technology and currently works for the Valley Hospital as a System Analyst in their Information System Department.
He lives in Florida with his wife, Nicolle, and has three daughters, two of whom attend Golden Hill Elementary School. He is completing a second year as PTA President and also serves on a NYS PTA Governance Team focusing on male involvement. For the FUFSD, he serves on the District Advisory Team and recently joined the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition to work with youth.
Programs to be Featured
In addition to the vote, the FPL will also feature three programs on Election Day. At 10:30 a.m., the weekly Understanding Technology session will feature “Wi-Fi and Data Networks.” At 2 p.m., Matthew Cantello will present “Sound Explorers,” a program on the scientific principles of sound that is geared for ages two to five, but open to all. Bring a percussion instrument or something out of the home recycling bin to make noise and have fun. The Library will welcome back guitarist Marc Mathelier who will play a variety of songs from classical jazz to New Age from 6 to 8 p.m. Adults are invited to drop into the music café to sit, listen and enjoy the relaxing music with coffee, tea and homemade desserts.
For more information on the election or Library programs, call 651-7659 or visit www.floridapubliclibrary.org.