OF JULY 12, 2006

The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at Ridgedale Library.

Present: John Gibbs, Holly Guncheon, Patricia Izek, David Pratt, Cynthia Steinke, Therese VanBlarcom
Library Staff Attending: Amy Ryan, Janet Leick, Lois Langer Thompson, Patrick Jones, Judy Hohmann, Sarajo Wentling, Margaret Gillespie, Judith Friedrich, and Bill Berg

John Gibbs, President called the Hennepin County Library Board Meeting of July 12, 2006 to order at 5:20 p.m. with a welcome to all.

Agenda was unanimously approved.

• June 28, 2006
Therese VanBlarcom moved approval of minutes, seconded by Patricia Izek and approved unanimously - 6 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Lunde)   APPROVED

Patricia Izek
• Attended "Picnic in the Wayzata Library Children's Garden, A Summer Celebration for All Ages," which is a wonderful example of HCL Friend's event
Therese VanBlarcom
• Attended "The Big Read Celebration" at the Government Center
John Gibbs
• Reported he passed on to Commissioner Randy Johnson the HCL Capital Projects document, commenting it would be good consciousness to maintain the hours and the staffing for service.

• Plymouth Library Update
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved plans to build a new 30,000-square-foot Plymouth Library. Rapid population growth has increased customer demand and use. Architects Benz/Thompson/Rietow Inc. was awarded the architectural/engineering contract. Anticipating the library will remain open through the summer of 2007 and to reopen the summer of 2009 on the same site.

• Capital Plan Discussion - Amy Ryan and Janet Leick
This document was developed in the context of Framework for the Future, with a multi-year perspective. It is a discussion document and open to ideas and comments. It will be presented to the Commissioners July 20, 2006, Government Center, 24th Floor Board Room, 10:00 a.m. and will be the second item on the agenda. The document will be subject to annual confirmation.

Library staff collaborated with Property Services and the Office of Planning and Development in developing this document. Each Library building was judged according to the Principles from the Framework for the Future, current conditions in terms of facility assessment, and population forecasts and other demographic data.

Criteria was discussed along with MELSA figures, definitions of area, resource and community libraries were clarified per the document Suggestion was made for an alphabetical index to make it easier to use the document.

Phase I was identified as greatest need which includes Southdale Library scheduled for a feasibility study in 2007. The report recommends Excelsior Library as new construction or lease/purchase and remodel accordingly and Minnetonka Library a redesign and remodel plan also in Phase I. Minnetonka Library's small parking lot limits customer use. A discussion involved collaborating with Carver County and/or City of Excelsior in developing a new library. Also discussed was possibly build one large library between Excelsior and Minnetonka, instead of two small libraries. A merged library would enable a larger parking lot, meeting room, and less staffing combined. Constituents do not like closing libraries because you lose the sense of community and both are part of established communities. Minnetonka Library stands on its own because of the close proximity to Ridgedale Area Library and customers can grab a book and go. Excelsior Library works because it is part of a small downtown community, among other reasons

Phase II consists of libraries constructed in the '70's which are dated, difficult to add computers, and need updated electrical systems. Rockford Road Library and Westonka Library are included in this category, and are rated adequate and at risk for slipping into the poor category in the future.

Phase III includes new construction for Corcoran and surrounding communities. Augsburg Park Library and Golden Valley Library plans are to expand and remodel with early literacy features, world language areas and the latest in technology.


There being no further business, the Library Board Meeting for July 12, 2006 was declared adjourned at 6:39 p.m. Next meeting is scheduled Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 5:00 p.m., at Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington.


Holly Guncheon, Secretary