Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees


August 3, 1998


Present: Bergen, Bergman, Gosse, Loebach, Parker

Excused: Bloedow, Ducklow, Dunlap, Schuessler

Others Present: Dawson, Kelly, Lemke, Muench, Thompson, Wiltzius


The meeting was called to order by President Bergen at 5:05 PM.


Public Participation

Bergen introduced Alderman Richard Thompson of the City of Appleton City Council. Thompson was in attendance to speak to his Council resolution that would prohibit the City of Appleton from building a branch of the Appleton Public Library outside the City limits. Thompson discussed his concerns leading to the resolution.

Dawson stated that he was in the process of drafting a response to Grand Chute's request for a Branch Library and feels that it could be done at no out-of-pocket cost to the Appleton taxpayers. At this time, he recommends that we do not commit to anything but to continue discussions with them.

Thompson's resolution had been forwarded to the Library Board for consideration. After discussion, the Board agreed to take no action on Thompson's proposal at the current time and Thompson agreed that he would await Board action. There was consensus was that the Planning Committee should conclude the report of their planning process -- expected in the spring of 1999 -- as a precursor to resolving the Grand Chute branch issue.


Director's Report

In the absence of Finance Chair Bloedow, Dawson distributed to the Board copies of the proposed 1999 Budget as approved by the Finance Committee. He reviewed the proposed budget with the Board. Gosse moved approval of the budget proposal. Loebach seconded and the motion passed.

Dawson had been named Wisconsin Cybrarian of the Year by MCI. This award includes a $1000.00 donation from MCI to go toward library educational materials and a one-year Internet connection. The one-year Internet connection will be given to the newly formed Boys and Girls Club in Appleton because the Library presently has its own connection.

Other business

Wiltzius discussed this year's Fall Film Festival The Progressive Legacy. The films will explore Wisconsin's political history with discussion following. Films will run Tuesdays in September at 7:00 PM.

Loebach volunteered to represent the Library Board on the Foundation's Grant Committee.

The meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM. The next meeting will be at 5:00 PM, September 14th.