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September 2016 Board Minutes

Geneseo Public Library District
Board of Trustees Meeting
September 12, 2016

The Board of Trustees of the Geneseo Public Library District met in Foundation Room B at the library on Monday, September 12, 2016.  President Bill Menendez called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.  Board members in attendance were Chris Bergren, Mary Farrell, Dave Johnson, Holly McAvoy, Craig Patterson and Ray Rogers. Deb Wyffels, Assistant Director, was also present. 

Citizen’s Input   No citizens were present.

Secretary’s Report   The minutes from last month’s meeting stand approved as printed. Thank you notes from Kari Jost and Bill Wyffels were read.

Financial Report/Bills to Be Paid   The Financial Report was reviewed and will be filed for the auditors. Ray made a motion that the bills be paid; Craig seconded the motion and it passed by roll call vote, all members in attendance voted “yes.”  Craig moved that the Final Budget and Appropriation Budget be accepted, Ray seconded the motion, and it passed by all members present voting “yes” by roll call vote.

Library Director’s Report   Please refer to Claire’s written report.



Bench    Friends of Cathy Stone made a donation in her honor for a bench.  The bench out in front of the library will be dedicated to her. 

Nicor Gas  A policy charge of $10/month from Nicor was discussed and agreed that it was good insurance.

Petitions for Board  Claire reminded members that there will be 1 two-year seat and 2 six-year seats voted on in the general election.  Filing must be done between December 12-19.

Holidays   Our library follows the list of holidays that RAILS maintains and many other libraries do.  The calendar year 2017 holiday list was reviewed and agreed upon.

Blizzard Busters  Dave presented Blizzard Buster’s two-year contract at $55/hour, which will hold the cost of the ice treatment material.  He will find out if they could bid doing the sidewalks at less than what we are paying now.  Dave made a motion that the Library enter into a two-year contract with Blizzard Busters for $55/hour.  Mary seconded the motion, and all members present voted “yes.”



Parking Lot   Justin Brown will be painting the parking lot stripes yellow and fixing the cracks for $1700.

Shelving Units  The Fiction Section and the Large Print Section need expansion. Claire priced out shelves from Paragon and got a bid of $9,503.74.  An additional cost of $675 will be incurred for 4 wood-finished end shelves by Jack Cohen.  Chris moved that the shelves and wood finishing be done.  Mary seconded the motion and it passed by roll call vote with all members voting “yes.”

Final Budget   Please refer to the Financial Report.

Receipts/Disbursements  Due to Library Law, Receipts and Disbursements must be printed in the newspaper once a year.  Jim Luikart will prepare that list.

Insurance  Claire proposed increasing the building insurance from $2.6 million to $3 million, interior materials, books and computers be insured to $1 million with a $1,000 deductible. The cost will be $7,350.  The current policy is up for renewal on October 1.  All members present voted “yes” by roll call vote.

Adjournment – With no further matters before the board, at 6:45 p.m., the meeting adjourned.

Kathi Fluck

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Geneseo, IL 61254
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