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June 2012 Board Minutes

Geneseo Public Library District
Board of Trustees Meeting
June 11, 2012

The Board of Trustees of the Geneseo Public Library met in regular session in the Foundation Room at the library on Monday, June 11, 2012.  President Gary ZumMallen called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  Board members in attendance were Jan Dyke, Barbara Erdman, Mary Farrell, Darline Holland, Dave Johnson, Holly McAvoy and Gary ZumMallen.   


Citizens’ Input

Library employee Deb Wyffels was there on behalf of the staff.  They would like permission to do the following at no cost to the library:  on the property outside the South back door, kill the grass/weeds, add mulch, plant flowers and add some lawn furniture for an employee patio area.  Once the work is done, the employees would maintain the area themselves.  This request will be addressed under tonight’s “new business.”


Secretary’s Report

The Board reviewed the minutes from May 14, 2012 and there were no changes or corrections.  Barb moved that the minutes be accepted; Darline seconded the motion and it passed by voice vote. Correspondence:  Kathi Fluck read a letter from Ramon Wirth regarding the landscaping.  This will be addressed under “unfinished business.”


Financial Report

Darline made a motion to pay the bills and accept the financial report; Dave seconded the motion and it passed by roll call vote. 


The Proposed Budget for the new fiscal year was reviewed and discussed.  A line item for “Programming--Teens” will be added and funds from “Programming – Adult” will be reduced $1,000 to allow for $1,000 for the Teens.


There was discussion about the funds allocated for downloadable books. It is hoped that the new budget (with a higher allocation for this) will help meet the needs of the public.  Claire is to monitor the traffic for this and report back to the Board in 90 days.


Mary made a motion that the proposed budget be accepted with the minor amendment, Jan seconded it and it passed by roll call vote.


Library Director’s Report

Please refer to the written report submitted by Claire.  The head of the American Legion gave Claire several photos of Charles Davis, along with a copy of his will.  She will look into having them framed and will contact Angie Snook to see if she would like copies. Claire and Brant watered the two trees on the East side of the property. She asked if a sprinkler system was planned, and the Board responded that it was not prudent at this time.  Claire announced that the Rivershare Group has applied to be included with our RAILS system.  There will be no holds allowed from June 29 through July 6 due to the library system’s software updating.  She displayed an example of the book ends that Tim Misfeldt made using the old library shelf ends.  It was decided that before the Board make them available for sale, black screws need to be used. 


Unfinished Business

Gary reported that Landscape Solutions, the company that did the landscaping, has gone out of business.  Three issues need to be addressed:  1) moving the two trees on the East side of the property, 2) pavers need to be installed to prevent further run off and 3) the dead sod needs to be replaced.  Gary will talk to Alan to see what options are available; he may also need to consult our attorney.  Claire will respond to Mr. Wirth’s letter, informing him of our situation.


New Business

The Prevailing Wage Act of Henry County for 2012-2013 was discussed. Jan moved that this library observe this act; Mary seconded the motion and it passed by voice vote.


A statement about the proposed budget needs to be published in the paper, per Phil Linzini.  The statement was signed by Gary and Darline.


Mary made a motion to grant permission to the library employees to prepare a patio area at the South exit of the building.  Jan seconded the motion and will offer some of his patio furniture to the employees, should they need it.  The motion passed by voice vote.


Mary brought a copy of “Book Page,” a free publication for patrons with suggestions about books. Because it is a free publication, we will get it on a two-month trial basis and see what the response is.


Dave reported that he and a representative from Prairie Grass Seedings walked the library grounds.  There is no sign of any prairie grass seedings as was to have been done by Landscape Solutions.   



With no further business before the board, Dave moved to adjourn.  Holly seconded the motion and in voice vote, all approved.  The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.


The next regular meeting will be on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Fluck


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