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Minutes for January 2011

Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library

Board of Trustees

Minutes of the Regular Meeting

Thursday, January 20, 2011 7:00 pm

President Stroube called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm
ROLL CALL:
Present: Fiorenzo, Holecek-Sherman, Peterson, Stewart, Stroube, Thurmond
Absent: Joyce
Late:
Also Present: Lisa Morrison Korajczyk, Director
PUBLIC COMMENTS:
None
MINUTES:
Trustee Holecek-Sherman made a motion and Trustee Thurmond seconded that minutes from the Levy Hearing on Nov. 18, 2010 be approved. Upon a voice vote the motion passed.
Trustee Thurmond made a motion and Trustee Holecek-Sherman seconded that the minutes from the regular Board meeting on November 18, 2010 be approved. Upon a voice vote the motion passed.
CORRESPONDENCE:
The Board discussed the grant award and its activities, and there was also discussion concerning the on-going changes at MLS. The Board also liked the new newsletter.
FINANCIAL REPORT:
Trustee Holecek-Sherman made a motion and Trustee Peterson seconded that the board approve the December 2010 Claims List for $ 16,217.66. Upon a roll call vote the motion carried
The petty cash amount for the month was $576.64 and IMRF for Nov. 2010 was $2,196.76.
Ayes: Fiorenzo, Holecek-Sherman, Peterson, Stewart, Stroube, Thurmond
Nays: 0
Trustee Holecek-Sherman made a motion and Trustee Thurmond seconded that the board approve the January 2011 Claims List for $ 11,785.02. Upon a roll call vote the motion carried
The petty cash amount for the month was $593.57 and IMRF for Dec. 2010 was $3,256.74.
Ayes: Fiorenzo, Holecek-Sherman, Peterson, Stewart, Stroube, Thurmond
Nays: 0
LIBRARIAN’S REPORT:
Automation:
The sonic wall has been upgraded by Versatile and Comcast has installed their router. We are now only using Comcast for our Internet connection, and we have not noticed any difference in the speed or connectivity. However, we will probably be receiving some charges from AT&T for the next two months since we are contracted through January 11, 2011. The tech consultant was on vacation from 12/16/10 – 1/06/2011. However, he did provide a backup contact in case we had any issues while he was away.
The tech consultant also offered to sell the Library two computers for $350.00, and we are discussing where we could place them, and if they would be an upgrade for any of our present computers. Our next step is to replace the monitor’s in the Children’s Dept. with flat screens instead of the old CRT models. Carlos has already donated an old flat screen that he had at his home for a broken monitor in that department.
Building and Maintenance:
While there was no snow in Nov. there was plenty in Dec. and Max was out here quite often last month. He did keep the sidewalk and the parking lot snow free.  The staff also decorated the library for the holiday, and Sergio Angel came out and hung the wreath outside for us.
Personnel:
Vacation: 5
Sick: 2
Personal: 0
The director attended: SWAN/MLS meeting, 1 Kiwanis meeting, 2 Project Phoenix meeting, and Ms. Elmore attended 1 RASSL meeting.
Programs:
The staff would like to express their thanks to the Board for the Christmas party and all the treats they brought in over the holidays. The staff had a lot of programs this month and most of them were successful. Let’s take a look at the stats.
Other:
There were plenty of other things going on this month. First, the April ballots were set and finalized for both counties. We started to receive money from Cook County and the State Library is unhappy about the outsourcing of ILL delivery. They are threatening the system with holding funds, and have been unclear as to what the problem is with outsourcing. Also, the OMA and FOIA officers have to update their training for the new year.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
None
OLD BUSINESS:
None
NEW BUSINESS:
The Board President and Secretary signed the 2011 MLS Certification Page. The Board also read and discussed Chapter 2 of Serving our Public for the 2011 Per Capita requirements. The Library Director informed last year’s OMA Officer that re-certification was necessary for 2011. The Board approved a meeting with First United’s Loan Officer to investigate a new rate for the mortgage. The setting of committee dates will be postponed. The Board began its Strategic Planning discussion.
TRUSTEE DISCUSSION:
ADJOURNMENT:
Trustee Peterson made a motion and Trustee Thurmond seconded that the January 20, 2011 meeting be adjourned. Upon a voice vote the meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.