PALOS HEIGHTS PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MINUTES OF MEETING
December 9, 2004
Call To Order:
Vice President Beth Barista called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. in the Library, 12501 S. 71st Avenue, Palos Heights. Present were Trustees Beth Barista, John Eckman, Pat Eden, Beverly Meyer, Pat Muller, Bill Poore, Diana Roscich and Colleen Devine. Trustee Birgit LaMantia was absent. Also present was Administrative Librarian Elaine Savage.
Welcome of Guests:
The Board welcomed Mary Lou Lowery of the Metropolitan Library System. New employees Jim Schroeder, Page, and John Prium, Custodian, were introduced and left the meeting. Administrative Librarian Savage noted that custodian Prium can only work 600 hours per year due to his IMRF pension but that she has found someone to job share.
Trustee Meyer moved and Trustee Muller seconded to approve the minutes of November 11, 2004. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Trustee Eden moved and Trustee Poore seconded a motion to approve December bills in the amount of $45,986.18. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously. Trustee Eden moved and Trustee Poore seconded a motion to not reconsider a contested electrical bill. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Administrative Librarian Savage discussed her written Librarian’s Report. The Donation Sub-committee will determine the locations for room plaques. The people counter was put out of order by an electrical surge in November, is out for repair and will require a surge protector.
Budget and Finance:
Trustee Eden introduced the 2005 budget. Trustee Eden moved and Trustee Muller seconded a motion to accept the 2005 budget of $1,318, 200 ($979,447 without consideration of bonds). On a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Building and Grounds:
Parking Lot & Building Expansion:
Trustee Eden advised that the quilt holder is in place and that the Plexiglas “fingerprint protector" will be in place shortly. She also noted that manufacture of the major donor plaque was proceeding.
Friends of the Library Liaison:
Trustee Poore passed out coupons for the Country House fundraiser that will take place from January 1 through February 28, 2005.
City Council Liaison:
Trustee Eden and Trustee Poore advised that the two annexations with impact monies passed, that the Lake Katherine TIF amendment passed and that the new opening date for the Metra station is December 20.
Trustee Barista advised that the room plaques were available and that the committee was working on the nameplates for the major donor plaque. She noted that the committee needed to meet soon. Trustee Meyer advised that the cement pad had been poured for the Woman’s Club statue, that the statue had been received and that the bench for the statue would arrive in the first quarter.
Auditor - Administrative Librarian Savage advised that she was working to obtain both an auditor and a secretary.
Budget - Previously discussed.
Holiday Party - It was agreed that the holiday party was wonderful and that we would continue to have our annual party at the library.
Approval of October 14 Executive Committee Minutes - Trustee Meyer moved and Trustee Eckman seconded a motion to amend the proposed minutes of the October 14 Executive Session noting that Administrative Librarian Savage had no knowledge of the Executive Session minutes of September 9. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously. Trustee Eckman moved and Trustee Muller seconded a motion to approve the amended Executive Session minutes of October 14. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Trustee Muller moved and Trustee Meyer seconded to adjourn the meeting. On a voice vote the motion passed unanimously and Vice President Beth Barista adjourned the meeting at 8:19 p.m.