Library Board Executive Committee
July 6, 2009
|Library Board Members
Therese VanBlarcom, President
Claudia Kelly, Vice President
John Pacheco, Secretary
Lois Langer Thompson
Attendees: Library Board members President Therese VanBlarcom, Secretary John Pacheco, past President John Gibbs,
Jill Joseph and Roger Hale; staff Director Lois Langer Thompson, Nancy Palmer, Lois Lenroot-Ernt, Judith Friedrich and Char Sohlberg
Welcome and Approvals
President Therese VanBlarcom called the meeting to order at and Claudia Kelly joined the
meeting by speaker phone. Jill Joseph
made a motion to approve the agenda; seconded by John Pacheco. Motion passed. Ms. Joseph made a motion to approve the summary
2010 Operating Budget Request Overview
Library Operations Division Manager Nancy Palmer led the
discussion on the 2010 Operating Budget Request. Ms. Palmer explained the ongoing operating
expenses, Property Tax requirement and the required reduction for 2010 of
4%. Revenues from MELSA and estimated
expenditures related to employer PERA contributions, health insurance and
Property Services were outlined. Other
program and revenue changes in 2010 included the use of ballpark sales tax
revenue for new hours and merger transfer funds. In addition, estimated expenditures in 2010
related to the opening of new libraries in
A strategic plan and subsequent service plan to set a new course for HCL with assistance from an outside consultant or Hennepin County Research Planning and Development Department staff was discussed. The work of the Director currently underway-policy and tactical strategies along with labor partners was acknowledged. Recognizing challenges as opportunities and thinking creatively can result in compelling, strong alternate funding streams within established County accounting standards in areas such as collection, technology, open hours, etc. Discussion followed.
The status of establishing a new mission statement was discussed and staff will complete the work. Library Board Executive Committee will review the staff recommendation and present it to the full Library Board for action.
President VanBlarcom and Lois Langer Thompson will meet with
County Board Chair Mike Opat,
Invitation and Role of Library Board at Events
Not addressed due to time constraints but will be at the next Executive Committee meeting, August 10 from at Central Library, Doty Board Room.
John Pacheco made a motion to adjourn the meeting at ; motion was seconded by Jill Joseph. Motion passed.
Draft meeting summary will be forwarded to members to be approved at their next meeting.
Revenue related to the expansion of the property tax levy as a result of the merger will be further examined by staff.
The 2010 Library Operating Budget request submitted by the July 2 deadline will be revised based on discussion points from this meeting. Staff will update the original submission and notify Allen Rezac, Office of Budget & Finance.
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