HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
OF MAY 16, 2007
The Hennepin County Library Board met Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at the Ridgedale Library.
CALL TO ORDER
John Gibbs, President called the Hennepin County Library Board Meeting of May 18, 2007 to order at 5:00 p.m. and welcomed all attendees.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
David Pratt moved approval of the agenda, which was seconded by Holly Guncheon. Agenda was approved.
Therese VanBlarcom moved approval of the minutes of the April 25, 2007 Library Board meeting, Ms. Guncheon seconded the motion which was approved.
Diane Sannes resident of Brooklyn Center, requested assistance from the Library Board to begin a collaboration between Hennepin County Library and Medtronic. She described the Time-N-Talent program which supports employees' volunteer involvement by providing financial support to nonprofit organizations. Holly Guncheon recommended the information about the program be shared with the Library Foundation of Hennepin County (because they have 501(c)3 status) for further investigation and response to Ms. Sannes.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Holly Guncheon: has been following updates on the library merger.
Therese VanBlarcom: has also been following merger updates and acknowledged her interest and appreciation for the work being done as the merger progresses. Ms. VanBlarcom also plans to attend the American Library Association conference in June.
David Pratt: was interested in the Plymouth Library project and the impact recent decisions made by the City of Plymouth might have. Amy Ryan will forward information to Library Board members and the Plymouth schematic design will be included in the program report at the June 20, 2007 Library Board meeting at the Edina Library.
Claudia Kelly: attended the library staff Years of Service brunch and expressed her appreciation for long-term, committed employees.
John Gibbs: attended the National Association of Counties Award ceremony in Washington D.C. and has also followed the merger updates closely.
Hennepin County Library Proposed 2008 Operating Budget Request - Amy Ryan, Director
An overview was provided. The mission, vision and core principles are considered along with the Balanced Scorecard that is enforced by Hennepin County. As a department of Hennepin County all departments follow the same instructions. Instructions allow a 2.5% increase over the approved 2007 property tax amount (or $41.8 million in 2008). In addition all departments are required to submit a budget that reflects a 3% reduction. Discussion followed regarding how to balance the budget acknowledging cost increases, possible reductions and the impact ball park revenue may have in the process. The Library Board will review and discuss the proposed 2008 Operating Budget request further at their June 20, 2007 meeting.
BUSINESS PREVIOUSLY ADDRESSED
Therese VanBlarcom provided an update. At the board meeting in April, she asked members for suggestions and comments about the existing Bylaws. Mr. Pratt provided some information and also asked about the County Board appointment process by geographic location. Ms. Van Blarcom will meet with Susan Segal and bring this item back to the Library Board at their June 20, 2007 meeting for conclusion.
ACCEPTANCE OF DONATIONS
Claudia Kelly moved to accept the donations, seconded by Ms. VanBlarcom. Motion was approved.
There being no further business, the Library Board Meeting of May 16, 2007, was declared adjourned at 6:18 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Wed., June 20, 2007, 5 p.m., at the Edina Library at 5820 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436.