Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees


February 16, 1998


Present: Bergen, Bloedow, Ducklow, Dunlap, Matz, Parker, Schuessler

Excused: Bergman, Loebach

Others Present: Dawson, DeJardin, Ernst, Kelly, Lemke, T. Muench, Wiltzius


Minutes The meeting was called to order by President Bergen at 4:35 PM. The minutes of January 12, 1998 were presented. Matz moved approval and Dunlap seconded. The motion passed.


Bill Register The bill registers and financial reports for December, 1997 and January 1998 were presented. Parker moved approval of the bills and Ducklow seconded. The motion passed.


Scholarship Parker reported that more applications were received this year than in

Committee the past which made the selection process a very difficult one. The Committee recommended splitting the $1000 between two applicants. Parker made the motion that Mary Bachhuber and Virginia Moran Heimrich each receive a $500 scholarship award each. Schuessler seconded and the motion passed. Wiltzius reported that there is a balance of $10,000 in the Frank P. Young Scholarship Fund.


Director’s Report Dawson noted that the library annually receives $20,000 in payments from the Outagamie Waupaca Library System for rental of office space and gives this money to the City as general revenue. There is precedent for using a portion of this money to finance remodeling cost for OWLS space, rather than expending funds appropriated for the library budget. There is an ongoing problem with the air conditioner in the computer room in OWLS. The problem is worsening and the air conditioner should be replaced. Dawson noted that he had checked with both the Mayor and City Finance Director, neither of whom saw a problem with our using OWLS funds to improve the facility nor felt that the revenue loss would burden the City. Parker moved that up to $8,500 of OWLS rent be used for replacement of the air conditioner. Schuessler seconded the motion. After discussion, the motion passed 6-1 (Matz).

The final bills for the construction project have been received and the project has now been completed.

Dawson informed the Board that he had been asked serve on a committee for the Town of Grand Chute to study the feasibility of opening a library in Grand Chute.


Other Business The meeting was turned over to consultants Ethel Himmel and Bill Wilson, who gave a summary of the presentation that was given to the Library Staff during the day. They reviewed the new Public Library Association planning process and outlined some recommended steps for APL to undertake a primary planning cycle. The library, in preparation for developing a new long range plan, will embark on a survey of community needs to determine appropriate library service responses. Himmel and Wilson have written a book that will serve as a guide for this process. Dawson said that the staff would ask the Appleton Public Library Foundation for funds to finance this process later this year.

The next meeting will be on March 9th at 5:00 PM. The meeting adjourned at 6:50 PM.