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SUGAR GROVE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 10, 2011, REGULAR MEETING

 

President Joan Roth called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. in one of the large meeting rooms at the library.

 

Introduction of Trustees and Others Present: Trustees: Art Morrical, Vice President; Joan Roth, President; Dan Herkes, Treasurer; Julie Wilson; Bill Durrenberger, Secretary; Robert Bergman; and Anthony Oliver. Interim Library Director: Marilyn Boria.

 

Public Comments:

Pat Graceffa – Read a statement – see attached. Reviewed the recent history of the library and its troubles and criticized the four trustees who voted to terminate former director Beverly Holmes Hughes, blaming them for what she views as past errors and the library’s current difficulties. Cautioned the three newest trustees on their dealings with those other four trustees.

Ron Leisher – Criticized the four trustees who voted to terminate former director Beverly Holmes Hughes, particularly for their failure to change their ways. Urged the public to speak up.

Doug Hartman – Presented copies of a recent Elburn Herald editorial, and a letter to the editor of the Aurora Beacon News. See attached. Criticized the four trustees who voted to terminate former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Read the Elburn Herald editorial.

Jerry Murphy – Read a statement directed to the four trustees who voted to terminate former director Beverly Holmes Hughes – see attached. Stated that the recent difficulties of the library are an embarrassment to the Sugar Grove community and that this will be the legacy of the four trustees who voted to terminate former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Criticized those four trustees.

 

President Joan Roth closed public comment.

 

Minutes of October 27, 2011, Board of Trustees Regular Meeting:

 

Motion: To approve the minutes of the October 27, 2011, board of trustees regular meeting. Motion by Dan Herkes, 2nd by Robert Bergman. Anthony Oliver stated his opinion that the minutes should include more detail. Bill Durrenberger, board secretary and the person preparing the minutes for board meetings, disagreed. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

Minutes of October 27, 2011, Board of Trustees Closed Session:

 

Motion: To approve the minutes of the October 27, 2011, board of trustees closed session. Motion by Dan Herkes, 2nd by Anthony Oliver. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Oliver – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes. Motion carried.

 

Minutes of October 13, 2011, Board of Trustees Special Meeting:

 

Motion: To approve the minutes of the October 13, 2011, board of trustees special meeting. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Dan Herkes. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Herkes – Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

Minutes of October 13, 2011, Board of Trustees Closed Session:

 

Motion: To approve the minutes of the October 13, 2011, board of trustees closed session. Motion by Dan Herkes, 2nd by Bill Durrenberger. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Oliver – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes. Motion carried.

 

Correspondence:

None

 

Financial Report:

The board was presented with a printout of current checks to be approved. Joan Roth questioned an AT&T expense for one of the library’s phone lines. Marilyn Boria explained that the line for the alarm and the separate line for the fax had been combined into a single shared line and that this will save the cost of one now-unnecessary line, in the amount of $116.00 per month.

 

Motion: To approve the payment of these expenses. Motion by Dan Herkes, 2nd by Robert Bergman. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

Dan Herkes reviewed a three-page printout overviewing revenues and expenses, by category, for the past fiscal year and comparing those to the estimated figures for the current fiscal year.

 

Library Report:

Marilyn Boria presented a three-page “Director’s Report” and reviewed that report with the trustees.

 

Report from Trustee Anthony Oliver on the ILA Annual Conference:

Anthony Oliver presented a three-page report on his recent attendance at this conference and encouraged the trustees to attend this conference in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Audit:

Dan Herkes presented his five-page “Treasurer’s Report” and reviewed that report in detail with the trustees. There was discussion among the trustees and Marilyn Boria of several issues covered by that report and also the draft audit report, particularly the expected budget shortfall for the current fiscal year and ways to reduce that shortfall.

 

Motion: To accept the current draft audit report. Motion by Robert Bergman, 2nd by Anthony Oliver. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

 

Approval of a Search Firm to Hire a New Director:

Marilyn Boria explained that she sent requests for proposals to at least six firms but only received two responses. She presented the documents received from these two firms and recommended that the board hire Alice Calabrese-Berry.

 

Motion: To retain the services of a search firm to assist in the hiring of a new director. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Dan Herkes. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Oliver - No. Motion carried, six to one.

 

Motion: To retain the services of Alice Calabrese-Berry to assist in the hiring of a new director. Motion by Julie Wilson, 2nd by Art Morrical. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Oliver - No. Motion carried, six to one.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Approval of the 2011-2012 Levy Ordinance:

 

Motion: To accept the 2011-2012 levy ordinance. Motion by Dan Herkes, 2nd by Anthony Oliver. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

 

Library Participation in Community Sign at Cross Street & Route 47:

Marilyn Boria presented a one-page overview of the sign and explained the situation. Several trustees expressed approval of the community sign but stated that given the library’s current dire financial situation, the library could unfortunately not afford to participate in this desirable sign.

 

Motion: To refrain from participation in this community sign. Motion by Anthony Oliver, 2nd by Dan Herkes. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

 

Buildings and Grounds Report:

Anthony Oliver presented a two-page report and also two emails and reviewed the matters covered by those documents. There was some discussion among the trustees and Marilyn Boria of the issues raised by these papers. Marilyn Boria and Anthony Oliver are working with the appropriate parties concerning the leaking roof and the AV wiring issues.

 

 

Motion: To go into closed session in accordance with Section 2(c)(11) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss probable or imminent litigation. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Anthony Oliver. Roll Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Roth – Yes, Wilson – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

 

 [The seven trustees and interim director Marilyn Boria then left the large meeting room to go to another room in the library at 8:35 p.m. The board went into closed session.]

 

[The seven trustees and interim director Marilyn Boria then returned to the large meeting room at 9:10 p.m.]

 

Motion: To go back into open session. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Dan Herkes. Roll Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Roth – Yes, Wilson – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

Agenda Items for December 8, 2011, Board of Trustees Meeting:

Marilyn Boria invited the trustees to contact her with any items they wanted on this agenda and suggested that all future agendas include “Report from board committees” as a standard item.

 

Marilyn Boria stated her intention to close the library the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving because these are very slow days at the library and money is an issue. No trustee had any objection.

 

Julie Wilson asked if any military veterans were present and thanked all veterans for their service to the country.

 

Motion: To adjourn. Motion by Art Morrical.  Voice Vote: All - Yes. Motion carried.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m. These minutes are submitted by Bill Durrenberger, board secretary.

 


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