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Library Board Minutes placed here after approved at the Board Meeting

T. B. Scott Free Library Board of Trustees


July 18th, 2012




1.         Opening

                President Mike Geisler called the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees to order at 4:05 p.m. in the Library Board Room.  Present: Gene Bebel, Katie Breitenmoser, Paul Gilk, Chris Malm (4:20- ), Richard Mamer, Tim Meehean, Jim Wedemeyer, and Vickie Yelle.  Also present: Don Litzer (4:10- ) and Karissa Karau from MP3.

                There was no correspondence.

There was no public comment.

2.         Consent Items

M Mamer/S Yelle/C to approve the minutes of the June meeting as printed.

M Meehean/S Mamer/C to accept the Monthly Revenue and Expense Printouts & Monthly Statistical Report for June as printed.

3.         Reports/Discussion Items/Action Items

                A.  County Representative:  Katie Breitenmoser was introduced to the board.

B.  Appointment of Members to Standing Committees:  Mr. Geisler reviewed standing committee representation; committee assignments will be offered to new board members in the future.

C.  2013 Preliminary Budget:  M Bebel/S Meehean/C to approve the proposed budget reflecting a 0% City Appropriation increase.  Board members directed that a capital budget request for computer replacement be submitted to the city.

                D.  Motion to convene in Closed Session:  Mr. Meehean moved to convene in Closed Session as permitted by Wisconsin Statutes Section 19.85(1)(c)—Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation of any public employee over which the Board has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility—to evaluate the library Director.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Mamer.  The board went into closed session at 4:30.

                E.  Motion to Reconvene in Open Session:   Mr. Mamer moved to reconvene in open

session at 4:39 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Malm and carried 9-0 on a roll call


                F.  Consider Closed Session Recommendation(s):  M Meehean/S Gilk/C to approve a

very favorable evaluation of the library director and that the director develop 3 personal/professional

goals as part of the next evaluation process.

G.  Reports from Friends/WVLS Representative:  The Friends of the Library next meeting will be held this Friday.  The Friends are planning their annual Crazy Daze Booksale on August 2nd.  WVLS Representative Marilyn Sauer was given a library tour and brief orientation this week.    

4.         Forthcoming Events & Library Director Report

Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs are nearing completion for the year.  Sign up will begin soon for fall reading programs.
Backpack giveaway program will again be held in the community room.
Two forthcoming elections will use the Community Room: the August primary and the November general election.
The library has applied to be listed as an official Wisconsin Cooling Center/Shelter with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services-Division of Public Health.  
As part of fulfilling the library’s long-term goal of exploring a broad range of programming, Mr. Litzer will be attending a seminar on Politics and Civility next week. 
Mr. Litzer was prominently mentioned in a statewide library blog posting (Retiring Guy’s Digest, July 18, 2012) discussing the trends and future of non-fiction library collections.
An updated Board of Trustees Roster was distributed.

5.         Adjournment:

            The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on August 15th at 4:00 p.m. in the Library Board Room.


Stacy D. Stevens, Secretary



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