Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees Minutes

January 10, 2001



Present:                  Bergen, Bergman, Bloedow, de Young, Heuring, Parker, Schuessler

Excused:                Ducklow, Dunlap

Others Present:       Dawson, Lemke, Muench, Wiltzius




President Schuessler called the meeting to order at 12:03 PM.  The minutes of the December 13, 2000 meeting were reviewed. Heuring moved approval, Parker seconded, and the motion passed.  Bloedow moved approval of the December 2000 bill registers, Bergman seconded and the motion passed.


Director's Report

Dawson reported on discussion with the City Finance Director about  the Frank P. Young Scholarship fund.  She is currently reviewing City investments and will have more information at a later date.  Dawson said he will follow up and report to the Board.


Bergen volunteered to be APL's representative on the OWLS Board.


Tim Muench, Business and Maintenance Coordinator, reported on the functions of the maintenance staff in maintaining the building and his responsibilities relating to the business operations of the library.  Maintenance has a staff of three full time and six part time people.  The full time people are responsible for maintaining the entire building, responding to special requests, running cables for the computers, and any special projects.  As Business Coordinator, Muench keeps all financial records for the library, works with vendors for supplies and equipment, maintains the leave records of all employees, and processes all invoices.


Dawson read a letter from Mark Wendt, recipient of the Frank P. Young scholarship, expressing his appreciation for the award.  A donation of $1000 has been received from the son of Ben Ragus with a short note explaining that Mr. Ragus died at the age of 90 and this was a token of his appreciation to the library.  The donation was received too late to be an agenda action item in January but staff will have a recommendation for the money in February.


The coffee shop is open and being well received.


Dawson is working on his goals for 2001 and will present them at the February meeting for discussion and approval.  Bloedow asked if the Board has ever set goals; it was agreed that at a future meeting the Board should discuss developing Board goals distinct from library goals.

Other Business


The meeting adjourned at 12:42 PM.