Board

  • 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
    • None
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • None
  • New Business
    • Board Education: Library/municipal law overview (A. Seurynck - Foster, Swift)
    • 2017 Committees
      • Retirement Plan Committee
    • Motion to Approve Board Resolution Statement of Assurances - Library of Michigan Grant Program 2017
    • 2017 Preliminary Agenda Planning
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

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

  • Present:
    Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts
  • Absent:
    None
  • Also Present:
    E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

The board members received letters forwarded to them from Westland Mayor William Wild and State Representative Kristy Pagan of Canton.

Director’s Report

E. Davis referenced the financials (which are trending on track), pointing out that funds were transferred into the checking account from the high yield savings account temporarily at the suggestion of Doreen Lattimer (the library’s representative at J.P. Morgan/Chase) to avoid year-end bank fees. The funds will be returned to savings after the township turns over the winter tax revenue.

Davis informed the board that Information Technology department head Leo Papa will only attend two more board meetings, as he is retiring in March 2017.

In response to a query by Secretary-Treasurer D. Turner, Davis responded that she has no concerns over administering an LSTA grant (should the library receive one), as the library already receives and administers several grants. There is a procedure in place which will make dealing with the grant a straightforward matter.

Trustee Comments

Secretary-Treasurer Turner questioned whether discussions were in process or being planned to address the issue of skylights and whether to repair, replace or get rid of them in the future. Davis replied that the leaking skylight in question was one of the original skylights and appeared in the capital replacement schedule. Wolverine Moore, which effected the repair work, would be out in the spring to check on it and will make any additional necessary repairs at that time, at no cost to the library.

Turner also asked for an update on the parcel ID issue. The township’s attorney, Kristin Kolb, notified Scott Hogan, the library’s real estate attorney, that they have a backlog and that their goal is to issue the parcel ID number to the library by February 2017.

Committee Reports

None

Unfinished Business & General Orders

None

New Business

2020 Strategic Plan

Davis spoke about the library’s mission statement (The Canton Public Library Connects Your Community) and core values (Relevance, Access, Integrity, Leadership) and how they fit into this third iteration of the library’s strategic plan. Susan Kennedy of K2 Communications Plus and select members of the library’s Strategic Planning Leadership Team (L. Fawcett, M. Hathaway, N. Welz, M. Nicholson, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, L. Golden) reviewed the new plan for the board members.

Trustee J. Lee asked if there were any specific implementation goals associated with the new strategic plan. Davis explained that aspects of the current plan were contained in previous plans, and that this iteration is more about refinement and adaptation to changing conditions than ticking off boxes.

Secretary-Treasurer Turner asked what had triggered the pivot from previous, metric-based plans to the current one, where impact and outcomes are the most important considerations. According to Davis, consultant Susan Kennedy’s market-based research was most influential in changing the library’s focus to discovering which “products” library patrons themselves wanted and needed, as opposed to those the library believed would be valuable for the community. Data-driven decision-making as well as insights derived from a Research Institute for Public Libraries workshop attended by Davis and Community Relations department head Laurie Golden, and the results of a community survey commissioned jointly by the library and Canton Leisure Services also contributed information for the new strategic plan.

Board members indicated their appreciation for the rich informational presentation, and their enthusiasm for the new strategic plan.

4th Quarter Budget Amendment

M. Farell moved and D. Turner supported a motion to approve the 4th Quarter Budget Amendment as proposed.

The motion passed unanimously 16/12-15-1

Motion to Approve Fund Balance Transfer for Capital Expenditures

M. Farell moved and J. Pandit supported a motion to approve a Fund Balance transfer for capital expenditures not to exceed $269,162.

The motion passed unanimously 16/12-15-2

2017 Preliminary Agenda Planning

The board indicated its general approval of the proposed preliminary agenda plan for 2017.

Call to Audience

None

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 9:21 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
    • None
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • None
  • New Business
    • 2020 Strategic Plan
    • Proposed 4th Quarter Budget Amendment
    • Motion to Approve Fund Balance Transfer for Capital Expenditures
    • 2017 Preliminary Agenda Planning
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

The Honorable Judge Michael Gerou swore in the newly-constituted Canton Public Library Board of Trustees: Nancy Eggenberger; Michelle Farell; Jasmine Lee; Jane Pandit; Don Turner; Amy Watts

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:42 PM.

  • Present:
    Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts
  • Absent:
    None
  • Also Present:
    E. Davis, K. Gladden
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  •  

Call to Audience

(A. Beesley, A. Farell, E. Farell, E. Farell, J. Farell, J. Fausone, S. Foster, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, P. Jenkins, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, A. Pandit, L. Papa, D. Sands, B. Smith, K. Smith, C. Swanberg, N. Szczepanski, D. Yang, S. Yang) – 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

The sidewalk ramps project has begun; there is no timetable for its completion.

E. Davis was selected by the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and WWJ-AM 950 as WWJ’s November Hero of Diversity and Inclusion. She was interviewed by WWJ morning host Tom Jordan; it will air on November 21.

In response to a query by Trustee D. Turner, Davis responded that there is no news yet on the parcel ID number.

Davis touched on items in the financial reports, briefly explaining to the new trustees about the sources and timing of certain revenues and/or expenses detailed in the summary, and why certain funds are either over- or under-spent for this point in the fiscal year.

Trustee Comments

Trustee D. Turner reported on his visit to the last Friends of the Library board meeting, stating that the Friends “always make you feel welcome.” He hoped that the new board members would decide to attend at least one Friends meeting each in the upcoming year.

Trustee J. Pandit expressed her pleasure in meeting the rest of the board members and the library administration.

Committee Reports

None

Unfinished Business & General Orders

None

New Business

Presentation to Outgoing Board Members — Davis presented framed drawings of the library building to outgoing trustees J. Fausone and S. Foster, and thanked them for all their service.

Nomination of Officers for 2016/2017 — Chair Eggenberger suggested that, for the remainder of 2016, she stay on as board Chair; that Secretary/Treasurer M. Farell move into the Vice-Chair slot vacated by former trustee S. Foster; and that Trustee D. Turner become Secretary/Treasurer. She further proposed that, for 2017, M. Farell move up to the position of Board Chair; that D. Turner act as Vice-Chair; and that J. Lee become the new Secretary/Treasurer.

Election of Officers for 2016 — D. Turner moved and M. Farell supported a motion to elect the slate of officers for the remainder of 2016 as proposed.

The motion passed unanimously 16/11-17-1

Election of Officers for 2017 — M. Farell moved and J. Pandit supported a motion to elect the slate of officers for 2017 as proposed.

The motion passed unanimously 16/11-17-2

Presentations by Department Heads — The department heads for Information Services (Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin); Circulation Services (Nancy Szczepanski); Business Services (Marian Nicholson); Community Relations (Laurie Golden); and Information Technology (Leo Papa, assisted by Systems Administrator Carl Swanberg and Digital Resources Developer Alyssa Beesley) spoke briefly about their respective department functions and goals.

Call to Audience

Friends’ Board Chair Patty Jenkins extended an invitation to the board trustees to attend Friends’ board meetings.

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 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 — None
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders — None
  • New Business
    • Swearing-in of newly-elected Library Board members (Judge Gerou)
    • New Library Board photo (L. Golden)
    • Presentation to outgoing board members
    • Nomination of Officers
    • Election of Officers
    • Presentations from department heads (M. Nicholson; N. Szczepanski; L. Golden; R. Havenstein-Coughlin; L. Papa)
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn
  • Library Tour (optional)

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

(H. Ahmad, A. Beesley, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, J. Lee, D. McHugh, J. Pandit, L. Papa, C. Swanberg, N. Szczepanski, A. Watts) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of Budget Hearing Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

Eva Davis shared “thank you” notes from the Fausone family for a funerary flower arrangement, and from the Block Youth and Teen Center for the donation of decommissioned self-check computers and monitors.

Patron Alfred Brock also thanked the library for making the Mango languages online database available (he utilized it to make a contest-winning video.)

The Friends’ year-end financial report was made available for the board’s perusal.

Director’s Report

Davis reminded the board that the Friends of the Library fundraiser at Tony Sacco’s runs through November 15. A percentage of each “Friends with Pizza” or Celebrity Pizza purchase during this period will go to the Friends.

Office 2016 will be rolled out to staff November 1st, and it is anticipated that it will be made available to patrons sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

The administration is kicking around various ideas to submit to the Library of Michigan for one of (up to) three Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants which will be awarded to libraries to provide funding for innovative services and programs. Developing partnerships among libraries and/or between libraries and community agencies will be a priority of the projects chosen.

The library is now 75% through the year and the financials are tracking appropriately; the only fund trending high is Capital Outlay, due to construction projects. (The recently completed dumpster enclosure project came in $58 under budget.)

Trustee Comments

Trustee J. Fausone asked if the recent repair to the ballast roof by Bloom Roofing was holding up, in light of the day’s rainstorm. Davis replied that it was, and that Building Supervisor Jim Laffey will be patrolling the ballast roof regularly from now on. The skylights will all be re-sealed on November 3, which should solve any current leaking problems.

Committee Reports

None

Unfinished Business & General Orders

None

New Business

3rd Quarter Budget Amendment — Davis explained the difference in State Aid revenues showing in the 2nd and 3rd Quarter budget amendments. She also explained the mechanism for distribution of penal fines.

 

T. Hartnett moved and M. Farell supported a motion to approve the 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 16/10-20-1

Call to Audience

None

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 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
  • Trustee Comments
  • Committee Reports
    • None
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • None
  • New Business
    • Third Quarter Budget Amendment
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:51 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

(H. Ahmad, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, J. Lee, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, J. Pandit, N. Szczepanski, A. Watts) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

Eva Davis shared a “thank you” letter from the Salvation Army for acting as a collection point for their school supplies drive.

Director’s Report

Davis reported that there has been no progress on the dumpster enclosure this week; we are waiting for materials to arrive.

Moving on to the financial report, Davis reported that the library is 2/3 of the way through the year and while the same categories are trending high (insurance and capital expenditures), they will fall into line as the year progresses, and the financials are on target overall. The 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment will be on the October agenda.

Trustee Comments

Trustee J. Fausone thanked the library and the other board members for the cards and flowers he received upon the death of his mother.

Trustee D. Turner asked for an update on the new Strategic Plan. The committee will be meeting Tuesday, September 20; Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden stated that the Body of Knowledge is on track and that the plan will be brought before the board in either November or December.

Committee Reports

None

Unfinished Business & General Orders

2016 Connect Your Summer Program — Connect Your Summer committee members Alyssa Beesley and Laura Fawcett made a brief presentation of the recently concluded 2016 Connect Your Summer program. Responding to comments received from past year’s participants, this year’s program focused more on reading and in-library activities. The total number of claimed badges showed an increase over the past two summers.

Approve Library Design Associates proposals for 2017 Patron Service Improvement Projects not to exceed $ 892,882 — J. Fausone moved and S. Foster supported a motion to approve the proposals as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 16/9-15-1

New Business

Director’s Evaluation E. Davis requested that the board move into closed session to discuss her evaluation.

T. Hartnett moved and M. Farell supported a motion to move into closed session.

The motion passed unanimously 16/9-15-2 (6-0-0)

ROLL CALL VOTE

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

No: None

Abstain: None

T. Hartnett moved and M. Farell supported a motion to go back into open session.

The motion passed unanimously 16/9-15-3CS.

Call to Audience

None

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 8:59 PM.

The hearing was called to order by the Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, at 7:30 PM.

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

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

(H. Ahmad, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, J. Lee, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, J. Pandit, N. Szczepanski, A. Watts) None

Budget Hearing

The Proposed 2017 Budget Hearing was opened for discussion.

2016 Proposed Budget Approval

E. Davis spoke briefly on the budget summary, and lauded Building Supervisor Jim Laffey for his attention to repair and scheduled maintenance of the physical plant, which has allowed several capital improvement projects to be postponed to out-years.

Trustee J. Fausone encouraged the Administration to continue increasing projected property tax collection rates in future budgets, and to eventually move to a five-year budget projection to be used as a planning tool.

Chair N. Eggenberger expressed her appreciation that the budget summaries now include the fund balance amount at the bottom of the page.

Trustee Fausone asked for a detailed analysis of energy cost-savings that have resulted from various energy-savings initiatives that have been included in past budgets. Davis will contact the Lawrence Technological University professor whose students performed an energy usage audit at the library as a 2010 class project (the results of which have been a roadmap for the subsequent energy upgrades), to see if he could assign his students to do an update.

T. Hartnett moved and M. Farell supported the approval to adopt the Proposed 2017 Budget amount of $ 6,632,575.

The motion passed unanimously 16/9-15-1-BH

Tax Resolution

S. Foster moved and M. Farell supported the resolution to approve certifying the rate for tax levy of 1.53012 mills for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017.

Roll Call:

Yes: T. Hartnett, D. Turner, M. Farell, S. Foster, N. Eggenberger

No: J. Fausone

The motion passed 5-1-0 (16/9-15-2-BH)

Call to Audience

None

Adjourn

The Budget Hearing was adjourned at 7:45 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
    • None
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • 2016 Connect Your Summer program (Alyssa Beesley and Laura Fawcett)
    • Approve Library Design Associates proposals for 2017 Patron Service Improvement Projects not to exceed $ 892,882
  • New Business
    • Director's Evaluation (closed session)
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

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