Library Board Meeting Minutes

Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees

July 13, 1995

present: Baehman, Bubolz, Ducklow, Dunlap, Hodgkiss, Jeanette, Siebers
excused: Bloedow, DeVries
others present: Library Director Pennington, Cece Wiltzius, Tim Muench, Terry Dawson


Siebers introduced new Board member Terry Bergen. Acting chair Dunlap called the meeting to order at 4:35 PM. Siebers moved and Bubolz seconded approval of minutes; motion passed. Siebers moved and Bergen seconded approval of May bills; motion passed. Baehman moved and Jeanette seconded approval of June bills; motion passed.

Personnel Committee

The Committee presented a draft policy and asked Board members to read it prior to the next meeting. Bloedow reviewed changes from the previous draft as discussed by the committee. DeVries noted that the policy would be on next month's agenda.

Director's Report

Pennington reported that a library patron had left the library a bequest of ten thousand dollars. Under current state law, library boards have no ability to invest money. Baehman moved that the Library Board accept the money; Siebers seconded and the motion passed. Jeanette moved that the funds be made available to the Appleton Library Foundation, Inc. with the request that the funds not be put into long term investment, but be held available for a pending request from the Board, possibly related to either the building project or the scholarship program. Bubolz seconded; the motion passed. Bubolz suggested that the Library develop a wish list for contributions to the Building.

Pennington reviewed the process followed by the Library Building Committee in developing a Request for Proposals and selecting the firm of Durrant-Heike, including the public input gleaned through the 1994 Block Grant study. He reviewed a presentation from Durrant-Heike representing the staff's and architect's proposal for the building project.

Siebers moved, Bergen seconded, that the building project proceed according to the design concepts presented and that work continue on schematic drawings. After discussion, the motion was approved. Siebers moved, Jeanette, seconded that we approach the Friends group for providing additional directional assistance to patrons during the construction process.

In DeVries absence, Pennington shared with the Board a letter from DeVries to the Director and Board of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System discussing the impact of the building project on OWLS. Siebers moved, Baehman seconded, approval of DeVries letter. Passed.


The next meeting of the Library Board was set for August 10 at 4:30 PM. Pennington informed the Board that he was submitting budget forms at the Mayor's request. Pennington called the Board's attention to the fact that the Board of Public Works was considering a recommendation to sell the old City Hall. There was discussion.

There was discussion of the role of public libraries under the proposed reorganization of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. There are many uncertainties at present.

Siebers moved and Jeanette seconded adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 PM.

minutes approved by Library Board 9/11/95

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