Library Board Meeting Minutes

Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees

August 8, 1996

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


The meeting was called to order by President Bloedow at 4:55 p.m. Minutes of the July 8 meeting were presented. DeVries moved and Ducklow seconded approval. The motion passed.

Bill register

The Bill Register for July was presented. DeVries moved approval, Ducklow seconded. The motion passed


There was discussion of the lump sum merit increases. Ducklow moved and DeVries seconded that Board go into closed session. The motion passed unanimously. When the meeting resumed, a motion was made by Ducklow and seconded by Schuessler that the lump sum merit recommendations of the Board Personnel Committee be approved. The motion passed.

Finance Committee Chair Ducklow discussed the staff's proposed 1997 budget request. The request is for an overall budget increase of 1.5% plus supplemental requests to increase in the materials budget to $340,000 and add three half time positions. Dawson stated that the personnel request were based on library use and quality service and were unrelated to the building expansion. He noted that in light of the construction project and the 1996 increase of one position that approval for a staff increase was unlikely, yet it was important to state the need. The positions would be added in Circulation, Children's, and Reference at a total cost of $26,000. After discussion, Ducklow moved and Schuessler seconded that the proposed budget including the supplemental increases be submitted to the Mayor for consideration. The motion passed.

Dawson stated that a few areas in the library are in need of minor work to complete the expansion project. We are still waiting on delivery of some furniture and equipment and there are still some potential change orders outstanding. Dawson asked for a sense of the Board on proceeding with the request for a change order to install power assisted doors. After discussion, there was general consensus that this should be pursued.

Because the change order for painting was denied, the library is looking for volunteer labor to have a "painting party" on Friday, August 23 from 6 - 9 p.m. and August 24 from 9 am - 5 pm. Members of the City Council, Library Board, and staff will be asked to volunteer. OWLS has offered to furnish refreshments.


Bloedow asked for a Board Member to volunteer to be the APL representative on the OWLS Board. Ducklow volunteered.

Bloedow mentioned that there are three options available for anyone wishing to make a donation to a Harriet Tippet memorial: the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a tree to be planted in the newly developed green space, or a donation made to the library to purchase material in her memory.

At Dawson's request, Wiltzius gave a report on plans for the Grand Re-opening celebration and the presentation by author Stephen Ambrose.

The next meeting will be Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 pm. Meeting adjourned at 5:53 pm.

minutes approved by Library Board 9/5/96.

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