Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. Those members present were Carrie Cline, Alice Snodgrass, Sheila Owens, Rachel Abercrombie, Erlene Gideon, and Ann Crowder-Sanders. Megan Hill attended as a guest.
Reading of Minutes - After reading and discussing the June minutes, Ann requested that two clarifications be made in the Director’s Report. Sheila made a motion to accept the minutes with the two corrections, Erlene seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
- Carrie presented the June statistics.
- The Summer Reading Program has been enormously popular and even though it was a little rainy, over 60 people came to the river last Thursday for the event.
- Carrie applied for and received a Targeted Collections grant for $10,000 that can be used to purchase books, audio books, and DVDs for all three libraries.
- Carrie reported that State Aid to libraries was only cut 10% so far, which is good news with all of the other cuts that were made. This involves over $11,000 the library receives each year, plus Equalization funds.
- MOREnet has increased the connectivity rates for 2011 again, as our library has slipped into a higher funding tier for one year, due to the large tax amount collected from Wal-Mart three years ago. Once the Southwest City library is included and the next bill arrives, we should be back to our original tier that will cost less per site. However, MOREnet was cut significantly this year, and may very well be cut further next year, so the library needs to be prepared to lose a lot, if not all, of our Internet service. It was recommended that flyers be produced to hand out to our patrons, making them aware of the situation, so they can contact their local legislators.
Public comments on agenda items - none
A. Southwest City Library Update – Megan passed around the original floor plan and noted that the floor plan has been flipped. After the core sample, the soil was found to be unstable, and the building had to be moved slightly to the north. Megan has written a USDA grant for funding for the interior of the library, but either way, the building is set to be finished in December or January. Carrie remarked that the library staff will need a few weeks to get everything purchased, moved in, and set up before the grand opening. As soon as money arrives from the Foundation, the library will begin ordering material and processing it, so it will be ready in the winter. Megan will be meeting with the Interior Building Committee soon, to finalize carpeting, furniture, and shelving.
New Business - none
General public comments - none
Adjourn - Sheila made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Erlene seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 11:25 a.m. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, August 14th.