HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
OF JUNE 18, 2003
The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the Wayzata Community Library.
Present: Gerda Haas, Patricia Izek, Peter Miller, and David Pratt.
Library Staff Attending: C.Brown, D.Cramer, K.Kimerer, J.Leick, J.Morgan, N.Perron, S.Charles, M. Gillespie, T.Hanus, B.Waagenar, S.Louis, L.Schubert, C.Ahrens, & B.Berg.
Guests: Alanna Tyler (Co.Admin.), Dawn Currier (OBF).
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME/PUBLIC COMMENT
The meeting was called to order by President David Pratt with a welcome to all. There was no public comment.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion was made to approve the minutes of the May 28, 2003 meeting by G.Haas, seconded by P.Izek and P.Miller; motion passed.
Foundation Update - Karla Kimerer: Handouts were distributed. K.Kimerer reported on the recent Foundation Board retreat, income (at 60% of goal currently), Pen Pals, working on updating the Foundation website , values/mission/vision statements, and the HCL Funding Plan draft.
Resource Library Overview - Janet Leick: Background material had been mailed to Library Board; J.Leick reviewed the role of resource libraries in the HCL system.
Conceal & Carry Law & County Buildings: Julia Morgan updated the Library Board on county action; County Board has passed a resolution prohibiting guns in county buildings. Property Services will design signage and library will use that prototype for library buildings.
2004 Budget Information: Charles Brown reviewed plans for 2004 -- $1.3 million in reductions to library (reduced) 2003 budget, including a plan to curtail hours at medium-size libraries to not exceed 40 hours/week (one work shift).
Library Building/Expansion Discussion: C.Brown reported on a recent meeting--Commissioner Steele remains committed to a new Maple Grove Library to open in 2006; no specifics on operating budget support at this time. This discussion was deemed complete,
In addition to Charles Brown's written report of activities, construction updates were reviewed. Eden Prairie project will not be completed before end of 2003; all other projects are moving along: Oxboro renovation is planned to begin in late fall; work is being done at Southdale but now may require closing the building for a few weeks for completion. D.Pratt asked Charles to expand on the Ridgedale art project: due to cost of final art piece ($135,000), County Board approval was required; some Board members did not feel that this was appropriate due to the current budget situation, so the request is delayed. The artist will be available through next year, but can't guarantee the price due to cost of materials.
D.Pratt: Karla covered all the Foundation items; passed out a news article of interest; and Trudy reported on the reception for the Moldovan librarians that David attended..
Gerda Haas: Reported on the Moldovan librarian reception at Wayzata that she attended.
Motion to accept the following gifts was made by P. Izek, seconded by G. Haas and passed.
Meeting was adjourned.
Dawn Harris, Secretary