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Meeting Minutes — October 18, 2012

The Chairperson, Don Turner, called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM.

Present: J. Fausone, M. Siegrist, G. Snow, D. Turner
Absent: K. Schulz, C. Van Auken
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(M. Farell, D. McHugh, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, N. Szczepanski, A. Young-Snow, C. Young)

C. Young expressed his support for E. Davis and his hope that the board had appropriately rewarded her for her efforts.

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of Budget Hearing Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of Closed Session Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


E. Davis shared a copy of the Friends of the Canton Public Library financial review.

Material from the late Nancy Spencer’s visitation was also shared.

Director's Report

A Harry Potter exhibit (obtained through the National Library of Medicine) is going up next week.

In response to patron requests, a convenience shelf was installed by the outside book return slot.

A pilot program to lend iPads and preloaded eReaders to Canton residents is set to launch in November. Chair Turner asked if other libraries in the area were loaning out eReaders; Davis said that none were in Michigan.

The annual Volunteer Holiday Tea is set for December 12; the trustees are invited.

Trustee Fausone asked about response to the new street sign; Davis said that it had garnered a positive response and that attendance for advertised programs seemed to be up.

Committee Reports


Unfinished Business & General Orders


New Business

Statistic of the Month – Davis discussed feedback obtained from a survey on the 2012 Connect Your Summer program.

Proposed 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment – Davis stated that additional property tax revenue had come in throughout the year which had not previously been allocated, but which was now being assigned to expenditures needing to be covered, such as property tax refunds. S. Rzetelny added that some capital expenditures had been reallocated to reflect projects that were being delayed or which had come in under budget.

In response to a question from Trustee Fausone, Davis reported that State Representatives Kurt Heise and Dian Slavens indicated to her, as did State Representatives Tim Bledsoe and Ellen Cogen Lipton as guest speakers at a recent Detroit Suburban Librarians’ Round Table meeting, that it was likely the pending personal property tax legislation would be voted on by the state house during the post-election lame-duck session.

In response to additional questioning by Fausone re: monies received from the recent liquidation of the Retiree Health Funding Vehicle, D. McHugh explained that only the funds needed to make the current retirees’ payouts had been added as revenue on the budget amendment; that the balance would be shown on next year’s budget; and that this procedure had been decided upon in consultation with the Plante-Moran auditors.

M. Siegrist moved and G. Snow supported a motion to accept the 3rd Quarter Budget amendment as written.

The motion passed unanimously, 12/10-18-1

Board Holiday Party – As the entire board was not present, it was decided to conduct the discussion via email.

Call To Audience

No comments

Board Comments

Chair Turner indicated his appreciation of the great work being done by L. Papa and his IT staff.

Turner also indicated he felt the board should make an effort to recognize and thank the Friends of the Library in a more meaningful way for their tremendous contributions to the library.

Finally, Turner suggested that incoming board members be given quick tutorials on property tax refunds and personal property tax reforms.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:57 PM.