Mount Pleasant Public Library: Board of Trustees Meeting
Minutes of the Meeting of June 21, 2018
Trustees & Liaisons present: Larry Levine, Jorge Marmol, Mary Ann Quinn, Robert Huerster, Paulette Dimovski, David Vinjamuri
Trustees & Liaisons absent: Emil Muccin, James Calabro, Marcie Krauss, Laurie Smalley
Also present: John Fearon, Library Director; Vivian Gufarotti, Assistant Library Director; Evan Kingsley, Consultant with Plan A Advisors; Nicole Asquith, member of the Pre-teen Services Steering Committee; several members of the community
Administrative: Trustee Dimovski called the meeting to order at 7:47 PM
The Board meeting was attended by members of the community invited to participate in a discussion of the final report of the Preteen Services Steering Committee. This Committee was organized by Plan A Advisors, a consulting firm the Library hired to conduct a community based planning process to address the issues that the Library faces during the immediate after-school period. After an introduction by Director Fearon, Evan Kingsley, a consultant with Plan A Advisors, summarized the findings and recommendations of the report. Nicole Asquith, a member of the Committee, spoke as well. An open discussion followed, then Village Liaison David Vinjamuri spoke to the gathering.
Liaison Vinjamuri, who is also a consultant to libraries, delivered a presentation about best practices in Library space planning. At the end of his presentation he offered to perform a space audit of the Library free of charge. The Board accepted his offer, with the understanding that there is no obligation to execute its recommendations. After his presentation Liaison Vinjamuri, Mr. Kingsley, Ms. Asquith, and the members of the public left and the Board meeting continued.
The minutes of the May 17, 2018 meeting were approved. Moved by Trustee Marmol, seconded by Trustee Levine, and passed.
After discussion, it was moved by Trustee Marmol, and seconded by Trustee Krauss, that:
It is hereby resolved that the Town Comptroller be authorized to:
> Pay all vouchers reviewed and approved by the Library Director and the Town Comptroller, for the month of June 2018, for a total of $48,378.43
> Pay Shred It $146.76 for shredding services
> Pay Emily Ellison $350 for a program
> Pay McCarthy Arts $275 for a program
201806-01 The motion passed.
After discussion, it was moved by Trustee Huerster, and seconded by Trustee Marmol, that:
It is hereby resolved that the following personnel items be approved:
> The classification of the appointments of Martha Mesiti, Matthew Stephens and Andrew Redahan be changed from “Probationary Appointments” to “Permanent Appointments” effective Monday, June 25, 2018
201806-02 The motion passed.
Director’s Report and Points of Discussion
> Final report of the Preteen Services Steering Committee
>> Director Fearon, Assistant Director Gufarotti, and trustees Krauss and Levine will meet to talk about next steps toward implementing the Pre-teen Services Steering Committee’s recommendations.
> Strategic Plan
>> The Library’s current strategic plan runs from 2016 through 2018.
>> Trustees Dimovski, Quinn, and Huerster will be on a committee to start working a new strategic planning process.
Trustee Levine moved for adjournment at 9:51 P.M., seconded by Trustee Quinn. The motion passed.
Special meeting: A special Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 P.M. The purpose of this meeting is to select officers for 2018; review by-laws; and discuss Board responsibilities.
Next regular meeting: Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 P.M.
Respectfully submitted, Robert Huerster