Library Board Meeting Minutes

Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees

May 13, 1996

present: Baehman, Bergen, Bloedow, Bubolz, Dunlap, Egelhoff, Jeanette
excused: DeVries, Ducklow
others present: Acting Library Director Dawson, Wiltzius, David Bill, Rick Bayer


Bloedow called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM and welcomed the new Common Council representative to the board, Jo Egelhoff. Bloedow circulated a farewell letter from Alderman Siebers. Minutes of the April 8 and 16 board meetings were presented. Bergen moved and Dunlap seconded approval.The motion passed.

The Bill Register for March was presented. Egelhoff questioned apparent overages in the telephone and parking & automobile accounts. Dawson explained that telephone included some unbudgeted expenses, including new phone lines for the expansion and Internet line charges, while the parking expenses represented a one-time annual payment to the City. Jeanette moved and Egelhoff seconded approval. The motion passed.


Dawson updated the board on the construction project. The new second floor west wing is open. Children's Services will move to the first floor east wing just before Memorial Day. The project is on target for completion on July 15. Wiltzius reviewed the plans for the Grand Re-Opening Activities. The Dedication ceremony will be September 7 at 9:15 am followed by family activities at the library that day. The celebration will culminate a week later on September 13 with a presentation by historian Stephen Ambrose.

Dawson told the Board that the library would display a plaque for the Helen Heil Award being created by the Fair Housing Council and other local agencies. The Library is a beneficiary of a memorial fund in Helen Heil's name and will be one of several possible beneficiaries of a stipend given to recipients of the Helen Heil Award. The first honoree is Betty Breunig, who has also done much for the Library and been active in FOAL.

The earnest money has been paid by the Appleton Library Foundation for the purchase of the old City Hall. Dawson is continuing to work with the Public Works Department to plan use of the space.

Wiltzius explained the application process for the Wisconsin Library Association Library of the Year Award. Bergen moved and Baehman seconded the board's support of the library staff preparing the application. The motion passed.

Baehman announced that $125 has been raised for the Frank P. Young Memorial Fund. An article and form will be published in the June Fine Print to solicit more contributions.

Dawson announced that the City's compensation study done by David M. Griffith and Associates will be presented to staff and the Common Council this week. Once Council acts on the plan this summer, the Board's Personnel Committee will review it prior to adoption by the Board.

Egelhoff moved and Dunlap seconded that the Board move into closed session, pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 19.85(1), to discuss personnel matters concerning the search for a new Library Director. The motion passed and the Board moved into closed session at 7:35 PM.

The Board resumed meeting in open session at 8:06 PM. Jeanette moved and Dunlap seconded that the Board interview their candidate of choice. The Board will meet at 4:30 PM on May 22 to review the process and will interview the candidate at 4:30 PM on May 30.


There was discussion of the role of Library Trustees. The Board agreed to continue reviewing chapters of the Wisconsin Public Library Trustee Manual at future meetings.

The next meeting was set for Thursday, June 6, at 4:30 PM. The meeting adjourned at 8:19 PM.

minutes approved by Library Board 6/6/96.

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