Library Board Meeting Minutes

Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees

July 8, 1996

present: Bergen, Bloedow, DeVries, Ducklow, Egelhoff, Jeanette
excused: Baehman, Dunlap, Schuessler
others present: Library Director Dawson, DeJardin, Wiltzius


Bloedow called the meeting to order at 4:33 PM. Minutes of the June 6 meeting were presented. DeVries moved and Ducklow seconded approval. The motion passed.

Bill Register

The Bill Register for June was presented. Egelhoff expressed trouble following the report. She questioned apparent overages in the parking and telephone 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. DeVries moved and Jeanette seconded approval. The motion passed.


DeVries provided an update on the purchase and demolition of the City Hall building. DeVries and Dawson are meeting with City staff to clarify Oscar Boldt's and the Foundation's roles in the demolition. The goal for demolition is September 7. The Foundation has received firm commitments from corporate donors for $240,000. Approximately $150,000 more is needed to complete the project. Of the cost of the project, $8,000 is accruable to the library building project. Involving citizens and school children with the landscaping portion of the project was discussed.

Jeanette gave a Personnel Committee report. Dawson provided a summary of the recommendations of Griffith Associates for a new pay scale and merit pay system that was adopted by the Common Council. The pay plan benefits library employees with the possible exception of the maintenance clerks. Egelhoff questioned the fiscal impact of the plan. Bergen moved adoption and DeVries seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Dawson recommended the addition of the City's Violence in the Workplace policy to the library's personnel policy. A motion for approval of the addition passed. Jeanette moved and Bergen seconded that the Library's Personnel Policy be modified to add a new section IV.K, reading as follows:

The use of violence, or the threat of violence, by any employee is strictly prohibited. The possession or use of a weapon in the Library, except by authorized law enforcement personnel, is strictly prohibited. Any employee who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal, Any person who violates this policy can be barred from the Library and may be subject to criminal prosecution.

The motion passed.

Egelhoff moved and DeVries seconded that the Board meet in closed session pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 (1) to discuss personnel matters. The motion passed unanimously. The Board moved into closed session at 5:35 PM and resumed meeting in open session at 5:55 PM.

Dawson provided a building construction update. Completion is expected for July 15. J. C. Basten will have to return to install wiring for the new theft detection system and a book drop near the entryway. The Board agreed that Dawson should proceed with installing handicapped access push button doors in the front entryway.

At Dawson's request, Children's Services Supervisor DeJardin reported on the successful Summer Library Program. Children are participating in record-breaking numbers.

Dawson discussed a staff response to the "It's Your Call" complaints about the remodeled library.

Dawson has received 1997 budget guidelines from the Mayor. He is working with section heads and will consult with the Board Finance Committee.

While Dawson is on vacation July 21-August 2, Margaret Ernst and Barbara Kelly will act on his behalf.

The library did not win the WLA Library of the Year award for 1996. The award went to the Loyal Public Library.


Because Jeanette is moving out of Outagamie County, the Board will need to select another representative to the Outagamie Waupaca Library System Board.

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

minutes approved by Library Board 8/8/96.

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