Geneseo Public Library District
Board of Trustees Meeting
April 8, 2013
The Board of Trustees of the Geneseo Public Library met in regular session in Foundation Room B at the library on Monday, April 8, 2013. President Gary ZumMallen called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. Board members in attendance were Jan Dyke, Barbara Erdman, Darline Holland, Dave Johnson, Holly McAvoy and Gary ZumMallen. Mary Farrell attended via Skype.
Sheilah Wigant-McGee presented drawings and information regarding two sculptures that had been on the Library’s “wish list.” An area elementary school would also like to have something like these created, so we could share the cost. Examples of her work were shown.
Darline Holland, whose last board meeting is tonight, spoke briefly about her reasons for being on the board for the last 14 years. Barb Erdman, who has been on the board since 1990, is also going off the board. She gave a brief talk. Claire thanked them both for their service to the library.
The Board reviewed the minutes from the March 11, 2013 meeting. Darline moved that the minutes be accepted; Barb seconded the motion and it passed by voice vote.
Darline made a motion to pay the bills and accept the financial report; Barb seconded the motion and it passed by roll call vote.
Library Director’s Report
Please refer to the written report. Alan Armbrust, of STR Partners, said that the cost of the addition to the parking lot will vary depending upon the soil samples that were taken initially; firmer soil may have to be brought in. He also recommended that the sidewalk be put on the south side of the proposed lot. Approximately 42-44 additional parking spaces would be realized and this would not impact any possible expansion of the library in the future. Alan suggested drainage be put under the lot. Claire will ask McClure Engineering for a copy of the soil sample report. She will contact Italo Milani, Shive-Hattery and Alan Armbrust for further information regarding a new parking lot.
Each year Claire takes the staff to breakfast at the Victorian Manor on April 15 for Library Week. She asked if she could do so this year, using monies from the Friends of the Library to pay for it. She was told to do so.
Some flowering shrubs and plants need trimming. Claire is to talk to Mr. Betcher about it.
Claire will write a grant for the Gift Foundation to help cover the cost for digitizing. The oldest microfilms are the first to be digitized.
Brant reminded Claire that some of the public computers are between three and six years old and will need replacing. Holly pointed out that there is a Technology Plan in place.
We are covered for any outside natural gas leaks but not inside the library. NiCor offers protection for $9.95 per month. Darline made a motion that the Library sign up for the interior gas protection. Barb seconded the motion and it passed by roll call vote.
Claire spoke about WQPT children’s summer program last month. The Kiwanis have agreed to pay for it.
The bike parking area is confusing to patrons; some are parking their cars there. Alan said he would make this right when the additional parking is added.
Claire mentioned the prairie grass in her report. Gary noted that everything got replanted and that the bottom and half way up the sides of the detention pond should not be mowed the first year. He added that by the third or fourth year, it will need to be burned. Claire will pass this information on to Mr. Betcher for when he mows.
Our policy is that one person can only check out 50 books at a time; however, there are people that put 100 books on hold. The problem this is causing was discussed. Darline made a motion to limit the amount of books one patron can put on hold to 50. Barb seconded the motion and it passed.
The sculptures by Ms. Wigant-McGee were discussed and the Board felt they should be placed in gardens, not in front of the building. It was decided that the issue will be tabled for now. Claire will research ways to fund it, see if the sculptures could be larger and see if they could be permanently attached using steel.
Barb mentioned that often people pull up to the front entrance and leave their cars running while they go into the building. This creates a safety hazard; she would like the Board to think about putting a “No Parking” sign by the planters.
With no further business before the board, Barb moved to adjourn. Darline seconded the motion and in voice vote, all approved. The meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.