Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees


April 13, 1998

Present: Bergen, Bergman, Loebach, Parker, Schuessler

Excused: Bloedow, Ducklow, Dunlap, Matz

Others Present: Dawson, Kelly, Lemke


Minutes The meeting was called to order by President Bergen at 5:40 PM. The minutes of March 9, 1998 were presented. Parker moved approval and Bergman seconded. The motion passed.


Bill Register The bill register and financial reports for March, 1998 were presented. Schuessler moved approval of the bills and Bergman seconded. The motion passed.

Bergman questioned the amount expended to date for the telephone and also what charges are included in the labor pool account. Dawson explained that there has been a problem with getting up-to-date bills from Ameritech but that the City was working to resolve the problem. The labor pool account includes charges from the Park & Recreation Department for snow removal and maintenance of Library grounds. Parker made the motion that Dawson meet with the City Attorney to seek a "hold harmless" clause in our contracts with the City. Bergman seconded, an the motion passed.


Director’s Report Dawson distributed the Library Statistics for March 1998 and the 1997 Annual Report that is submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Parker made the motion to approve a 3% annual salary adjustment for Library staff, identical to that given by the City to other non-represented staff, contingent upon City Council approval. Loebach seconded and the motion passed.

The APL Foundation has awarded the Library $19,400.00 in grants, including: $8,000 to create a digital index of the Post Crescent, $9,000 to purchase the Grove Encyclopedia of Art, $1,000 to increase the Young Adult audiocassette collection, and $1,400 for Children's programming. Loebach made the motion to accept the grants as presented. Schuessler seconded. The motion passed.

Dawson discussed the 1999 budget process and the Mayor’s timetable. Staff will present the draft 1999 budget to the Library Board's Finance Committee by the end of July and to the full Board at the August 3, 1998 Board Meeting. Board members agreed to change the meeting date to the 1st Monday of August to accommodate the Mayor’s schedule

Other Business The meeting adjourned at 6:00 PM.