Library Board of Trustees, May 20, 2019

June 4th, 2019  |  Published in Observer Reports

Present: Board members Gleisser, Meinhard, Rashid, Katz, Cicarella, Garrett (6:45) and Library Director Amy Switzer.

The meeting began 6:35 p.m. The Board approved minutes of the previous meeting and changes to the indemnification clause in the bylaws. It also approved a motion to commend retiring teen librarian Audrey Jacobs.
The fiscal officer presented financial information noting expenditures and income are on track and that there has been some unusual tax income flow due to changes in the tax laws this year. The budget for the state of Ohio is not yet finalized, so there are no firm numbers for future support from that source. The Board approved the financial statement and also created a special fund to handle grant money. Shifting of funds between categories was approved, as was the 2020 alternative tax budget request (part of the usual authorization process required by law). There has been a presentation to Moody’s to establish a credit rating for the Library (for the renovation project), and that is anticipated soon. There was a discussion of the offering process and the investment climate.

The Board approved negotiation of the architect’s contract, with some relatively minor changes requested. The Bialosky architecture firm will receive fees of approximately $800,000 for phase 1 (the Main branch) of the renovation project. Information should be available at the Library website.
Director Switzer reported on professional day activities, the student art show, plans for the Memorial Day parade, summer reading program (kickoff June 6), and upcoming Friends of the Library book sale Also noted were usage reports (circulation up 15% over last year, in part due to automatic renewal of unreturned materials), and the popularity of the new seed library program. The Library was well represented at a conference on community engagement.

Gifts were accepted and appropriated and personnel action reported. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Kathleen Hickman

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