Elkhart Public Library
BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
6:00 p.m. Executive Session
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting
Library Annex Meeting Room #406
The Board of Trustees of the Elkhart Public Library met in an executive session, as provided for by IC 5-
14-1.5-6.1(b), Item 6, to discuss job performance evaluations of individual employees. The executive
session, which took place prior to the scheduled Board of Trustees Meeting on February 24, 2010, was held
in meeting room #406 and called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Janice E. Dean, President. Members of the Board
of Trustees present were Janice E. Dean, Barbara G. Anderson, Krystal Anderson, Brian Byrn, Renee’
Cocanower, Mary E. Davis, and J. Scott Troeger. The Board discussed the job performance evaluations of
individual employees. The Executive Session was adjourned at 6:50 p.m.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
The meeting of the Board of Trustees of Elkhart Public Library was held on February 24, 2010, in meeting
room #406 of the Library Annex. Janice E. Dean, President, called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
ROLL & INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS
Members of the Board of Trustees present were Janice E. Dean, Barbara G. Anderson, Krystal Anderson,
Brian Byrn, Renee’ Cocanower, Mary E. Davis, and J. Scott Troeger. Also present were Connie Jo Ozinga,
Director; Deborah Stewart, Assistant Director; and Sandra Bevins, Business/HR Manager. Library staff in
attendance: Jim Reynolds, Custodial Department; Deb Ehret, Outreach Services; Charles Pieri, Osolo
Branch Library. Guests in attendance: Eric Leedy, Leedy/Cripe Architects.
Approval of Consent Agenda
J. Scott Troeger moved
THAT – the Consent Agenda be approved as presented.
Second: Mary E. Davis Motion: Carried
The Library has accepted an invitation to participate with St. Joseph County Public Library in the One Book
One Michiana project. The 2009 annual report has been submitted to the Indiana State Library. New state
standards will require updates to the Library by-laws. The March Board Meeting has been rescheduled for
March 24, 2010. A request from a patron to give Beth Pomeroy a lifetime library card as a retirement gift
was denied by the Board. The director presented a proposed letter inviting community leaders to a
brainstorming session intended to generate ideas for serving the unemployed in Elkhart. The Board
requested revisions and a copy of the letter as mailed.
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HVAC Project Update
The HVAC system project has been completed.
Facilities Priority List
Duct cleaning for the Main Library will be scheduled for completion in 2010. The handicapped lift in the Periodicals Department is awaiting replacement parts.
Leedy/Cripe Project Recommendation
Eric Leedy, Leedy/Cripe Architects, presented a proposal to study and make recommendations as to the best use of the Main Library building. This study will incorporate the results of the Main Idea committees and the 2004 Renovation Feasibility Study.
Barbara G. Anderson moved
THAT – the Board accept the proposal from Leedy/Cripe Architects to study the best use of space in the Main Building and present a recommendation for current use, along with a 10 year plan and 20 year plan. These services will be provided on a time incurred basis with a maximum not-to-exceed amount of $11,700.00.
Second: J. Scott Troeger Motion: Carried
Library Capital Projects Fund 2011
The Director informed the Board that the property tax reform legislation gives the Library the option of folding the Library Capital Projects Fund (LCPF) into the Operating Fund. This action will eliminate the need to submit a LCPF plan to the County Council. This item was tabled until the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting.
Board Bylaws Proposed Revision
The Board requested a complete copy of the new approved state standards rules. This item was tabled until the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting.
Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests
Brian Byrn informed the Board that the donated pieces of furniture are on display at the Midwest Museum of American Art.
There being no further business to transact, the meeting was adjourned at 8:12 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held March 24, 2010, 7:00 p.m., in meeting room #406 in the Elkhart Public Library Annex. This meeting will be preceded by a 6:00 p.m. Executive Session.
Renee’ Cocanower, Secretary