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Massena Public Library director receives 3 percent pay raise

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MASSENA - Following a 10 minute meeting behind closed doors, the Massena Public Library Board of Trustees decided to give Director Elaine Dunne-Thayer a 3 percent pay increase for next year.

The announcement was made by Library Board Chairman Mark Englert at the board’s meeting this week.

“The board, every year we have to vote for a raise for the director if we think it’s appropriate,” Mr. Englert said. “We feel she has excelled and her cost cutting measures have been great, especially given the tight budget.”

Mr. Englert added that with the increase Ms. Dunne-Thayer’s salary should be in the $60,000 range.

Ms. Dunne-Thayer was named the director on July 31, 2012 and was formerly the Youth Services librarian.

At the time of her hire, she was given a salary of $57,500, the same amount other directors have started at according to Mr. Englert.

The chairman also noted that Ms. Dunne-Thayer is the only library employee who contributes to her health care payment. She contributes 5 percent of her health care premiums.

“The other employees have bargaining agents, the Teamsters Union. They called for and negotiated (their) deal which is 1.5 percent,” Mr. Englert said. “The bulk of our employees are part-time. I believe next year is the last year of their Teamsters contract.”

Ms. Thayer filled the post vacated by Lynn M. Fountain in May 2012. Mr. Englert said that Ms. Dunne-Thayer, as well as the entire board, has been instrumental in the library’s success with their handling of the budget.

“What she and the board has done, we have brought about the second or third largest fund balance in library history. Her cost-cutting measures have allowed us to put between $10,000 and $20,000 back into the fund balance for next year,” he said.

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