Library receives donation to make E-books available
MORGAN CITY, La. — The City Council authorized a five-year library software agreement with Auto-Graphics Inc. to upgrade its circulation software to be able to offer E-books to library visitors.
H&B Young Foundation has provided $10,000 in funding to be used for the software upgrade.
“It’ll pay for the new software and the maintenance for the first year loading the records, and it’ll pay for the maintenance for the next three additional years. So, we’ll just have to find the money at year five,” said city library and archives director Lisa Mayon.
Auto-Graphics Inc. submitted a bid that the council accepted of $6,200 for the first year and $1,500 for each year after that.
“What this will help us do is, a few months ago we talked about having E-books available to people. We were going to try to use our old software … until this donation came from the Young Fund,” Mayon said. “This will allow the authentication of users much more easily on the overdrive E-book system,” she said.
The council also authorized an intergovernmental agreement to donate the fire truck that went out of service several months ago to the Berwick Fire Department. The Berwick Fire Department plans to repair the truck and use it as a backup pumping truck, said Morgan City Fire Chief Morris Price.
“It wasn’t beneficial for us to repair it for $12,000 plus with the amount of mileage and wear and tear on it,” Price said. “Berwick plans to repair it and use it strictly as a backup pumper. Their pumper that they’re replacing was 30-plus years old and had an estimate of $30,000 worth of repair work to be done.”
The truck will still be available for the Morgan City Fire Department to borrow if it is needed for an emergency situation, Price said.
The council also:
—Approved the following City Council committee appointments: archives, James Fontenot; board of adjustments, Ron Bias and Louis Tamporello; cemetery, Barry Dufrene and Tim Hymel; convention, culture and tourism, Ron Bias and James Fontenot; finance, Louis Tamporello and Barry Dufrene; health insurance, Louis Tamporello and James Fontenot; historic district, Ron Bias; image, Tim Hymel and Barry Dufrene; library, Louis Tamporello; planning and zoning, Ron Bias and Louis Tamporello; plumbing, Tim Hymel, Barry Dufrene and Louis Tamporello; recreation and parks, Ron Bias and Tim Hymel; wharf, James Fontenot; and Main Street, Barry Dufrene.
—Authorized the city to publish a “Notice of Intention” in the newspaper to select a fiscal agent, which the city must do every four years.
—Authorized Grizzaffi to be able to sign for the lake houses that are already built or ones that are going to be built.