Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, November 17, 2016

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:
  • Also Present:
    E. Davis, K. Gladden


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.



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


Unfinished Business & General Orders


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.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM.