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Minutes of October 27, 2011, Board Meeting Print
Library Board

SUGAR GROVE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

MINUTES OF OCTOBER 27, 2011, REGULAR MEETING

 

President Joan Roth called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the large meeting room at the library.

 

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

 

Public Comments:

Pat Graceffa – Read a statement – see attached. Thanked the trustees that voted for mediation with former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Stated that she understood that the library is not presently in a position to contribute towards the cost of the upcoming community sign to be located at Cross and Route 47, but urged the board to return to that issue in the future. Stated that if it becomes necessary to close the library for a period of time, the best time would be January/February when it is used the least.

Mari Johnson - Thanked the trustees that voted for mediation with former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Encouraged the board to involve the community in the upcoming financial decisions.

Shari Baum – Encouraged all involved to go into the mediation with former director Beverly Holmes Hughes with open minds. Presented a copy of Doug Hartman’s recent letter to the Elburn Herald - see attached.

Ken Wiesner – Encouraged the mediation process and the library’s involvement with the upcoming community sign to be located at Cross and Route 47. Thanked the board for the Overdrive program.

 

Trustee Julie Wilson asked who the library should talk to about the community sign. Marilyn Boria stated that she would follow up on that issue.

 

Greg Koster – Explained his past request for trustee resignations. Expressed his hope that the current difficulties can be resolved and that the mediation between the board and former director Beverly Holmes Hughes will be successful.

 

 

President Joan Roth closed public comment.

 

Minutes of October 6, 2011, Board of Trustees Closed Session:

 

Motion: To approve the minutes of the October 6, 2011, board of trustees closed session. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Anthony Oliver. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Oliver – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes. Motion carried.

 

 

 

Minutes of October 6, 2011, Board of Trustees Regular Meeting:

 

Motion: To approve the minutes of the October 6, 2011, board of trustees regular meeting. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Robert Bergman. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

Correspondence:

None

 

Approve Payment of Certain Expenses:

 

Motion: To approve the payment of certain expenses. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Anthony Oliver. Marilyn Boria reviewed and explained the expenses being approved. There were several questions and comments by some of the trustees. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

Library Report:

Marilyn Boria handed the trustees a paper from the Village of Sugar Grove on the Connect and Communicate meeting and explained the purpose of that meeting which the trustees were encouraged to attend. She reviewed several upcoming library programs. She reported on the status of the repair of the library’s sign.

 

Anthony Oliver then reported on some of his recent activities as the building and grounds representative and presented two papers, one concerning the landscaping company and the other concerning the cleaning company. There was some discussion among the trustees of these two issues. He also briefly reported on his recent attendance at an Illinois Library Association conference.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Audit:

Marilyn Boria gave the trustees a draft of the audit report, along with a paper comparing last year’s expenses with the prior year’s expenses. There was some discussion of these items among several of the trustees and Marilyn Boria.

 

Approval of Mediator:

 

Motion: To not enter into mediation with former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Motion by Art Morrical, 2nd by Joan Roth. Bill Durrenberger stated that the motion was out of order since the agenda stated only that “Approval of Mediator” is under consideration – not whether to mediate. Marilyn Boria stated that per a request to her by Art Morrical, she had discussed that point with the board’s attorney, Roger Ritzman, earlier on this date who had advised her that Art Morrical’s motion would not be out of order since the agenda item could be interpreted broadly enough to cover Art’s motion. There was some discussion among the trustees of this attempt to reverse the board’s previous decision to mediate. Julie Wilson expressed her desire to go into closed session to discuss the issues surrounding former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Art Morrical withdrew his motion and Joan Roth withdrew her second.

 

 

Motion: To go into closed session in accordance with Section 2(c)(1) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the Sugar Grove Public Library District or legal counsel for the Sugar Grove Public Library District, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the Sugar Grove Public Library District or against legal counsel for the Sugar Grove Public Library District to determine its validity. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Julie Wilson. Roll Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Roth – Yes, Wilson – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

 

 [The six trustees and interim director Marilyn Boria then left the large meeting room to go to another room in the library at 8:10 p.m. The board went into closed session.]

 

[Trustee Dan Herkes arrived during the middle of the 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.

 

Approval of Mediator (continued):

 

Motion: To not enter into mediation with former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Motion by Art Morrical, 2nd by Joan Roth. Trustees Oliver, Durrenberger, and Herkes expressed their disapproval of this change in position of the board. Roll Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Herkes – No, Roth – Yes, Wilson – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – No, Oliver - No. Motion carried, four to three.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Village of Sugar Grove TIF District Proposal:

Marilyn Boria gave the trustees two papers outlining the proposed district boundaries and explained the status of this matter.

 

Approve Truth in Taxation Act Notice for a Public Hearing:

Marilyn Boria gave the trustees a copy of the so-called “black box” notice that will be published in the newspaper for this item and explained the status of this matter.

 

Motion: To approve the Truth in Taxation Act Notice for public hearing. Motion by Dan Herkes, 2nd by Bill Durrenberger. Roll Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Roth – Yes, Wilson – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

 

Motion: To adjourn. Motion by Anthony Oliver.  Voice Vote: All - Yes. Motion carried.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m. These minutes are submitted by Bill Durrenberger, board secretary.

 
Minutes of October 13, 2011, Board Meeting Print
Library Board

SUGAR GROVE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

MINUTES OF OCTOBER 13, 2011, SPECIAL MEETING

 

President Joan Roth called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the large basement room at the Sugar Grove Community House.

 

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

 

Trustee Robert Bergman arrived several minutes thereafter.

 

Public Comments:

Pat Graceffa – Thanked the board for tonight’s meeting and expressed her hope that the board would approach mediation with an open mind.

Doug Hartman – Spoke for Mary Powers who wondered why a prior letter of hers which she had given to the library staff did not get read at the August 23, 2011, board meeting or placed with that board meeting’s minutes. He read a statement from Mary Powers supporting former director Beverly Holmes Hughes and criticizing the board for firing her. He gave the board secretary a copy of Mary Powers’ recent letter to the Aurora Beacon-News – see attached – for inclusion with the minutes for tonight’s board meeting. He then spoke on his own behalf and stated his concern over the financial and other problems of the library, his wish for the board to clearly state its new direction, and his hope that the board will enter into mediation with the former director as a way to resolve all the troubling issues currently surrounding the library.

Mari Johnson – Read a statement - see attached. Stated her concern over the library’s financial difficulties and her encouragement over possible mediation with the former director. Encouraged the board to work through the various issues, including involvement of the public in the process.

Shari Baum – Read a statement – see attached. Praised interim director Marilyn Boria. Criticized those who act anonymously. Expressed her deep concern over the library’s current financial situation and stated some possible changes in operating procedures that might help. Posed some questions about the board’s intentions. Asked for the resignations of trustees Roth, Morrical, and Bergman.

Jenny Shaw Parolek – Expressed concern over the library’s current situation. Praised former director Beverly Holmes Hughes and the library’s current staff. Concerned over the possible closing of the library. Encouraged the board to re-hire Beverly Holmes Hughes and focus its time and money on improving the library.

Meadow Sabelko – Stated that her family uses the library often. Concerned over the possible closing of the library.

Dan Nagel – Stated his belief that the library’s funds from the sale of its former Snow Street building cannot be used for library operations – only for capital improvements, per Illinois Department of Revenue rules.

Erin Erickson – Stated her confusion over why the board does not listen to the public who consistently attend board meetings and why the board continues to spend money as a result of the firing of the former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Expressed her belief that the board can assist in the passage of a referendum, which is the long-term solution to the library’s current financial difficulties, by listening to the public, reversing course, and re-hiring Beverly Holmes Hughes.

Mari Johnson (again) – Stated that from her experience as trustee on the Village of Sugar Grove’s board with regard to the recent TIF issue, it is possible for a board to reverse course, as the Village board did with the TIF matter. The Village listened to the community and responded to the community’s wishes. Stated that the library board should do the same and put the community’s wishes ahead of their own personal opinions.

Ron Leisher – Stated that he was encouraged by the last board meeting’s indication that the board might be willing to mediate with former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Stated that a referendum is the solution to the library’s current difficulties, but pointed out that the money from a referendum will not be received for at least two years. Expressed his opinion that a library is important in the community for the success of the community’s young people as they prepare for adult life.

David Verdeyen – Criticized the behavior of the public at past meetings but also stated that the public was behaving better at tonight’s meeting. Stated his concern over personal attacks against members of the board at past meetings and his opinion that such personal attacks can lead to violence. Stated that perhaps the board should have someone at its meetings to remove members of the public who misbehave. Encouraged the public to behave better.

Doug Hartman- Stated that he felt that some of David Verdeyen’s comments were directed at him, but disagreed that any of his comments have been inappropriate. Specifically denied any risk of violence from his comments.

 

Trustee Bill Durrenberger stated his opinion that although it may be true that some public comments may have been somewhat inappropriate, if David Verdeyen understood how justifiably upset the community is over the firing of former director Beverly Holmes Hughes, he would not be criticizing folks but praising them for their restraint.

 

David Verdeyen – Stated that he had not said that anybody threatened violence – just that comments can eventually lead to violence.

 

President Joan Roth closed public comment.

 

Approve Payment of Certain Expenses:

 

Motion: To approve the payment of certain expenses. Motion by Dan Herkes, 2nd by Bill Durrenberger. Trustee Bill Durrenberger stated that interim director Marilyn Boria had voluntarily lowered her pay from $72.00 per hour to $50.00 per hour. Trustee Anthony Oliver stated that he was looking into some savings on building and grounds expenses and would report to the board at a future meeting. Role Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Wilson - Yes, Roth – Yes, Morrical – Yes, Durrenberger – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried.

 

 

 

Motion: To go into closed session in accordance with Section 2(c)(1) of the Illinois Open Meetings Act to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Dan Herkes. Roll Call Vote: Bergman – Yes, Herkes – Yes, Roth – Yes, Wilson – Yes, Morrical – No, Durrenberger – Yes, Oliver - Yes. Motion carried, six to one.

 

[The seven trustees and interim director Marilyn Boria then left the large basement room to go to the southeast room on the main floor of the Community House. The board went into closed session.]

 

[The seven trustees and interim director Marilyn Boria then returned to the large basement room.]

 

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.

 

Hiring of New Director/Rehiring of Former Director:

 

Motion: To enter into mediation with former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Motion by Bill Durrenberger, 2nd by Dan Herkes. There was some discussion by several of the trustees. Roll Call Vote: Bergman – No, Herkes – Yes, Roth – No, Wilson – Yes, Morrical – No, Durrenberger – Yes. Oliver – Yes. Motion carried, four to three.

 

 

Motion: To adjourn. Motion by Dan Herkes, 2nd by Robert Bergman.  Voice Vote: All - Yes. Motion carried.

 

Meeting adjourned. These minutes are submitted by Bill Durrenberger, board secretary.

 
Public Hearing: an ordinance levying taxes Print
Library Board

 

AGENDA FOR PUBLIC HEARING

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING TAXES FOR FY 2011-2012

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES OF THE

SUGAR GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

SG PUBLIC LIBRARY

125 MUNICIPAL DRIVE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011

7:00 P.M.

1. Call to Order/Roll Call

2. Public Comments on FY 2011-2012 Levy Ordinance

3. Board Comments

4. Adjourn Public Hearing

 
Board Meeting Nov. 10 Print
Library Board

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Sugar Grove Public Library will hold a meeting at 125 South Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove, Illinois, on Thursday, November 10, 2011, immediately following the Public Hearing. The following is the agenda for this meeting.

Call to order/Roll call and introduction of trustees

Public Comment – copies of written comments may be given to the board’s secretary for inclusion in the library’s public records.

Approval of the minutes of October 27, 2011, regular session

Approval of the minutes of the October 27, 2011 closed session

Approval of the minutes of the October 13, 2011 Special Meeting

Approval of the minutes of the October 13, 2011 closed session

Correspondence

Financial Report - Action

Library Report

Report from Trustee Oliver on the ILA Annual Conference

 

OLD BUSINESS

Audit – Review/Discussion/Acceptance

Approval of a Search Firm to Hire a New Director - Action

Additional Unfinished Business

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of the 2011 Levy Ordinance - Action

Library Participation in Community Sign at Cross St. & Rt. 47 - Action

Closed session, if applicable

Agenda Items for December 8, 2011, Board of Trustees meeting

Adjourn

 

 
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