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Meeting Minutes — January 18, 2012

The Chairperson, Michael Siegrist, called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM
: J. Fausone, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, K Schulz
Absent: G. Snow, C. Van Auken
Also Present: E. Davis, M. Nicholson

Call To Audience

E. Davis requested change to agenda: move T. Gist MERS presentation to the beginning and add approval of the proposal for Internet Lab carpet replacement at the end. (T. Gist, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, N. Szczepanski)

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

MERS Health Care Savings Program Presentation by Tara Gist

The board agreed that the program seems an economical and sustainable plan for the future, and has directed E. Davis to proceed with further research and financial projections for their future consideration.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


L. Golden presented postcard that was mass mailed to Canton residents regarding CPL Connections switching to an email format. This notice was also posted on the CPL website.

Director’s Report

Destination Imagination has collected approximately $2,300 for the Canton Public Library. They will be invited to the February board meeting to present their project evaluation to the board, and then they'll head to Utica in March for the Destination Imagination regional competition.

The board directed Eva to prepare a formal Thank You, including a plaque, certificate or gift for presentation at the February board meeting.

Board Comments

J. Fausone noted 1% refund amount on Property Tax Collection Analysis report. He cautioned that a close eye should be kept on the changing percentages of tax collection. Volunteer statistics were discussed along with brief comment on the Donation Report for the Operating Fund Campaign. D. Turner suggested that at each future meeting there should be a round table discussion/examination of individual board packet statistics. No specific statistics were selected for examination at the next meeting.

Election Of 2012 Officers

The following officers were elected: Don Turner, Chair; Kim Schulz, Vice-Chair; Colleen Van Auken, Secretary/Treasurer. D. Turner J. Fausone moved and K. Schulz supported motion.

Motion passed unanimously 12/01-18-1

Unfinished Business

The Director’s Evaluation was postponed until next meeting of the Board on February 16, 2012

New Business

The current Jungle Java lease expires in May. K. Schulz motioned and D. Turner supported a motion to continue with Café service at CPL. E. Davis will work with Eric and Laurel Hess over the next several months on terms for lease renewal.

New committee assignments: Chair D. Turner reappointed the existing trustees to the Finance and Fundraising committees.

L. Papa recommended approval of 3-year e-rate telecommunications contracts through TLN, Merit, and AT&T. A motion to commit to contract renewals was put forward by J. Fausone and supported by M. Siegrist.

Motion passed unanimously 12/01-18-2

Carpet installation budget amendment – carpet for the Internet Lab was budgeted for $5,000 and came in at $6,157. A motion to approve the increased expense was put forward by K. Schultz and supported by D. Turner.

Motion passed unanimously 12/01-18-3

Call To Audience

S. Rzetelny noted that the CPL Accountant, Gail Bell, will be working her last day on Friday, January 20, 2012. Interviews for the position are scheduled.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM