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Tech-Savvy Teen Volunteers Needed

Teen volunteers (aged 14-18) are needed to assist patrons with computer- and Internet-related questions or problems. Several positions are available, weeknights and weekends.
Applications must be submitted (to any service desk) by 6:00 PM on Sunday, February 8, 2014.

(Draft) Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, S. Foster, D. Turner

Absent: J. Fausone, T. Hartnett

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, D. Skopczynski, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis acknowledged a thank you note received from Secretary/Treasurer M. Farell for flowers sent by the board to her grandmother’s funeral.

Director's Report

2014 invoices are still coming in. The financial reports will officially be adjusted and closed out after the auditors come at the end of February; Davis expects that the library will end the year with around $200,000 to be added to the Fund Balance. She also explained that deferred income listed on the balance sheet summary was actually 2015 tax revenue that had been received in 2014.

Davis will contact Jerry Grady, chair of the Canton Community Foundation board, and arrange for him and the foundation’s interim leader Greg Schupra to meet with the board about transferring the endowment to the Foundation.

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:30 PM

  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Trustee Comments
  • Committee Reports
    • Finance Committee
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • None
  • New Business
    • Nomination and Election of Board Officers
    • Re-schedule July 2015 Board Meeting
    • Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest
    • Statistic of the Month
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, D. Turner

Absent: M. Farell

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, G. Nixon, L. Papa, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis shared a Christmas letter received from former Board Trustees George Snow and Cecil Young.

The Patron Service Improvement Project (PSIP) – Phase II brochure, which will be given out to patrons to explain the scope, cost and timeline of the construction project, was provided to the board.

Among items in the publicity packet was a news story in the Canton Observer about the PSIP (Phase II) and also one about a local teenage runaway who was found by police on library property.

Community Relations department head L. Golden provided the board with proofs of the eight (8) pages of library events which will appear in the next Discover brochure.

Director's Report

The Friends of the Library fundraiser at Tony Sacco’s Pizzeria raised $80; the Friends were pleased and will pursue other, similarly small fundraising efforts as revenue from the Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore continues to drop.

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:30 PM

  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Trustee Comments
  • Committee Reports
    • Finance Committee
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • Approve revised Canton Public Library Board Bylaws
  • New Business
    • Approve 4th Quarter Budget Amendment
    • Approve use of $110,510 from Fund Balance Assigned for Employee Benefits to fund MERS pension obligations under Fringe Benefits (acct 718), reducing Fund Balance Assigned for Employee Benefits to $493,984
    • Approve Vendor Proposal
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Library Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, D. Turner

Absent: None

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, M. Nicholson, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis reminded the trustees to please respond to the emailed invitation to the upcoming Volunteer Holiday Tea.

Director's Report

The Friends of the Library will have a fundraiser on December 9-10 at Tony Sacco’s pizzeria.

The main boiler needs a new part, but is currently working

Trustee D. Turner asked about the posting for a new vendor for the café area. Davis assured him that the Request for Proposal (RFP) addressed his concerns, including a requirement that applicants detail the vendor’s process for machine issues (lost money, etc.) and also requires a non-performance clause.

There will be a Finance Committee meeting on December 9, at which time the committee will review all vendor bids in preparation for board discussion and action at the regular December meeting..

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:30 PM

  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Committee Reports
    • None
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • Approval of Circulation Policy Revision (3rd reading)
    • Approval of Patron Code of Conduct Policy Revision (3rd reading)
    • Canton Public Library Board Bylaws
  • New Business
    • Director's Evaluation
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

(Draft) Library Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Board Trustee Don Turner was administered the oath of office by Canton Township Clerk Terry Bennett before the meeting was called to order.

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, D. Turner

Absent: None

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(C. de Bear, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Approval Of Budget Hearing Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis shared a card received from former Business Services Department Head Sheryl Rzetelny.

A letter from Trustee T. Hartnett regarding verbiage contained in the proposed revision of the Patron Code of Conduct policy was seen by the rest of the board.

Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden had asked that Davis inform the board that a new group photo will be taken at the November meeting.

Director's Report

Davis has not heard back from Canton Township Finance Director Wendy Trumbull regarding the bond pre-payment issue.

The Canton Community Foundation has not yet selected a new executive director.

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, September 22, 2014, 7:30 PM

  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Budget Hearing Minutes
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Committee Reports
    • None
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • Approval of Circulation Policy Revision (2nd reading)
    • Approval of Patron Code of Conduct Policy Revision
    • Approval of 2015 Schedule of Board Meetings & Library Closures
  • New Business
    • Swearing In of New Board Trustee, Don Turner
    • Presentation by Library Design Associates (Chris De Bear)
    • Approval of proposed 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment
    • Nomination & Election of New Officers
    • Director's Evaluation - Timeline
    • Canton Public Library Board Bylaws
    • Statistic of the Month: Volunteer Statistics (presented by K. Gladden)
    • Strategic Plan Update (presented by E. Davis)
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Library Board Meeting Minutes — Monday, September 22, 2014

The Chairperson, Kim Schulz, called the meeting to order at 7:42 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, K. Schulz, T. Hartnett

Absent: None

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(L. Fawcett, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, D. Turner, N. Welz) – None

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of Special Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis had previously forwarded to the Board communication received from a patron via the Contact Us portion of the library website.

Director's Report

Davis and Business Services accountant D. McHugh met with Canton Township Finance Director Wendy Trumbull to discuss the possibility of pre-payment of the building bond. Concern primarily centered around the fact that the library’s bond was bundled with that of the township. Based on their discussion, the township would not object should the library choose to do this. Pre-payment of the $2.3 million could be made in April 2016, saving the library $230,000 in interest payments. The library could also pay down some of the debt and refinance at a lower rate, or make additional principal payments. Trumbull will follow up to procure a schedule of options and notify Davis.

Davis and Trustee S. Foster attended the State of the School District meeting. Superintendent Michael Meissen made plain his intent to ramp up participation with the school system’s community partners.

Budget Hearing Minutes — Monday, September 22, 2014

The hearing was called to order by the Chairperson, Kimberly Schulz, at 7:31 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, K. Schulz

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience/Public Comment

Trustee J. Fausone noted that items in the 2015 budget for capital outlay expenditures had been well-planned; had received bids; and were part of a long-range capital replacement schedule. Upon his request, Davis briefly discussed the three-year budget process for capital replacements.

Budget Hearing

The Proposed 2015 Budget Hearing was opened for discussion.

2015 Proposed Budget Approval

S. Foster moved and T. Hartnett supported the approval to adopt the Proposed 2015 Budget amount of $5,798,770. (See Attachment A)

The motion passed unanimously, 14/9-22-1BH

Tax Resolution

S. Foster moved and N. Eggenberger supported the resolution to approve certifying the rate for tax levy of 1.5437 mills for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015. (See Attachment B)

The motion passed unanimously 14/9-22-2BH

Call to Audience

None

Adjourn

The Budget Hearing was adjourned at 7:36 PM.

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:30 PM

  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Special Meeting Minutes
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Committee Reports
    • Finance Committee
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • None
  • New Business
    • Statistic of the Month: Connect Your Summer review (presented by L. Fawcett & N. Welz)
    • Approval of contract over $25,000: Reliable Landscaping (snow removal)
    • Approval of contract over $25,000: Library Automation
    • Approval of contract over $25,000: Library Design Associates (for carpet; bathroom & lobby renovation; furniture)
    • Proposed 2015 Schedule of Board Meetings & Library Closures
    • Proposed Patron Code of Conduct Policy revision (1st reading)
    • Proposed Circulation Policy revision (lst reading)
    • Recognition
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Library Board 2015 Budget Hearing — Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:30 PM

  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to the Audience
  • Approval of 2015 Budget as Presented
  • Approval of Resolution Certifying a Rate of Tax Levy in the Amount of 1.5437 mills for the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2015
  • Adjournment of Budget Hearing

Special Board Meeting Minutes — September 4, 2014

The Chairperson, Kim Schulz, called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, K. Schulz

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

(Andy Rosinski, Isaac Rosinski, Maegan Rosinski) None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

New Business

Selection of Candidate to Fill Vacant Library Board Trustee Position - The board interviewed applicants Valerie Krimmer; Kelli Lauria; Annie Rosinski; Mushir Khwaja and Don Turner. Upon completion of all interviews, members discussed each candidate.

T. Hartnett moved and M. Farell supported a motion to appoint Don Turner to the trustee position being vacated by K. Schulz, effective at the regular October 16, 2014 Library Board meeting.

The motion was approved unanimously, 14/9-4-1

Call to Audience

None

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 9:58 PM.

Library Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Chairperson, Kim Schulz, called the meeting to order at 7:29 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, K. Schulz

Absent: T. Hartnett

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(L. Golden, V. Krimmer, L. Kyko, K. Lauria, D. McHugh, B. Mosher, M. Nicholson S. Rzetelny, P. Schrauben, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

None

Director's Report

E. Davis informed the board that the Administrative Assistant for Human Resources, Marian Nicholson, had accepted the position of Department Head of Business Services, effective September 22, 2014.

Davis also expressed her gratitude to Trustee T. Hartnett for representing the board earlier in the week at the annual staff picnic. At the event, the Friends of the Library announced the recipients of their annual Education Awards: $1,000 each was presented to five staff members and one volunteer.

Trustee Fausone questioned what the Belleville Area District Library millage defeat meant for the Canton Public Library. Davis said that the failed bond had been for construction of the proposed new lakefront library and renovation of another building which was to be used as a satellite branch, plus additional operating revenue. The Belleville area library has an existing operating millage, but she has not heard from director Deb Green as to what their next step will be. Currently, Belleville area residents may check out a maximum of ten (10) items from the Canton Public Library.