Oelwein Public Library Board Minutes February 11, 2010
The Oelwein Public Library Board of Trustees held its regular board meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at the library.
Present: Ridihalgh, Peik, Leo, Macken
Absent: Pixler, Gilson, Ryan
President Ridihalgh called the meeting to order.
Leo moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Peik. Motion carried.
Leo moved to approved the minutes as written. Seconded by Peik. Motion carried.
Correspondences: The part-time librarians sent a “Thank You” and cookie tray to the Board of Trustees.
Trustee Training: video clip on Board Orientation
• Chocolate Festival is February 12. The group has done an outstanding job soliciting chocolate donations from the community and have received support from local businesses for decorations and equipment.
• Friend’s are interested in purchasing some speakers for the projector and baskets for patrons to use while browsing the collection.
• Young’s Plumbing and Heating moved two sensors from the cold air ducts to the mixed air ducts. The fans are running with variable speed.
• Macken applied for the Fayette County Community Foundation Grant. The application is for $4,129 to be used for a pergola, bench, and climbing vines.
• Biddinger will be attending a class on using native plants for landscaping.
• Jerry Macken installed the rock guards onto the flagpole lights. Ridihalgh sent a thank you note.
• Open Access funds have arrived from the state in the amount of $2,957.84.
• The library signed an agreement with Iowa Workforce Development to work collaboratively to assist citizens seeking employment.
• Upper Explorerland received a grant and will be teaching job seeking skills to citizens one evening a week at the library.
The February bills were reviewed. Peik made a motion to approve the bills. Seconded by Leo. Motion carried.
The board reviewed the changes made to the Employee Levels Policy. Peik moved to accept this policy. Seconded by Leo. Motion carried.
Macken received information about the USDA grant. The board would like to pursue this grant to be used to replace library computers.
The policy on Staff Responsibilities and Conduct was reviewed. Leo moved to accept the minor policy changes in wording. Seconded by Peik. Motion carried.
Discussion was held on the budget presentation to the council to occur immediately following the board meeting. The board would like to increase the materials budget line. Oelwein Library’s budget for materials is one of the lowest amongst libraries from like-sized cities.