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Oelwein Public Library Board Minutes for October 2009


Oelwein Public Library Board Minutes October 8, 2009


The Oelwein Public Library Board of Trustees held its regular board meeting on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 6:15 p.m. at the library.


Present: Peik, Pixler, Ridihalgh, Gilson, Leo, Kerns, and Macken

Absent: None


President Ridihalgh called the meeting to order.

The agenda was approved.

Gilson made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Seconded by Peik. Motion carried.

No Correspondences

Friend’s Report:

•    New board members are Carolyn Vine, Mary Fick, and Mary Ann Reynolds

•    New officers are President: Julie Johnson, Vice-President: Jake Blitsch, Secretary: Marybeth Jaggard, and Treasurer: Barb Arndt

Director’s Report

•    Dean’s Light Box worked on repairing the lights that had been damaged by water from the ice dams. One set of lights need to be rewired and a ballast is being fixed at their shop.

•    The children’s librarian has started the Lapsit program.

•    Macken and Snitker attended the Town Meeting in Waterloo. They went to sessions on SILO, Programming, and Web Junction.

•    The new Apollo circulation computer software has been installed. The public and staff are pleased with the upgrade.

•    The new library page is Nicole Johnson, a high school student.

•    Macken gave a Power Point presentation to the Masons.

•    The under-the-sink soap dispensers in the patron bathrooms have been breaking. The custodian installed a wall model.

•    Young’s Plumbing and Heating grounded the CSST gas pipe to the fireplace per Alliant Energy’s warning notification.

•    Starting November 1, a second librarian will be assigned to work from 11-3. On average, 135 patrons use the library on Saturdays which places a lot of demand on one librarian. The second librarian will take comparable time off during the week.

September bills were reviewed. Leo made a motion to accept the bills. Seconded by Gilson. Motion carried.


Michaels Engineering answered the questions the board had about the energy report. Johnson Controls will come on Friday to see about the possibility of moving the heat sensors to the mixed air vents and adding on a CO2 sensor to the controller.


The budget carry-over will be postponed until the board receives information from Johnson Controls.


Peik moved to sign the Letter of Agency for the NEILSA E-rate Consortium. Seconded by Pixler. Motion carried.


Discussion was held on which organizations could post messages on the outdoor messaging board. Macken will change the policy to include community celebrations, all city departments, the William’s Center, and OCAD. The events must be sponsored by that organization and open to the public.


Two policies were reviewed. Leo moved to accept the updated Programs policy. Seconded by Peik. Motion carried. Peik made a motion to accept the updated Safe Child policy. Seconded by Leo. Motion carried.


Peik moved to purchase the original pen and ink drawing of the old library by Scott Jans. Seconded by Leo. Motion carried. Jans will watercolor the drawing upon request. Leo will choose the matting and framing.


Gilson moved to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Pixler.  Motion carried.


Meeting adjourned,

Susan Macken


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