Board of Trustees Minutes for Regular Meeting – January 19, 2022

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Board of Trustees

of the

Huntley Area Public Library District

Minutes of the Regular Meeting

January 19, 2022

 

Call to Order: A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Huntley Area Public Library District was held in the Local History area at the Huntley Area Public Library District, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley, IL 60142 on January 19, 2022. President Budzynski called the meeting to order at 6 p.m.

Attendance:

Trustees Present: Vito Benigno, Chris Budzynski, Sean Cratty, Katie Kunde, Shannon McKibben, Marjorie Smith and Leslie Threadgill-Smith

Trustees Absent: None

Library Staff Present: Frank Novak, Library Director; Loralei Getty, Business Manager; Douglas Cataldo, Head of Marketing & Public Relations; Pamela Kampwerth, Head of Programming & Outreach Services; Sergio Ramos, Head of Maintenance; Elizabeth Steffensen, Head of Public Services

Visitors Present: Alison Andrews, Wold Architects and Engineers; Walter Hadeler, Gilbane Building Company; Jonathan Kuzynowski, Wold Architects and Engineers; Matthew Paolucci, Gilbane Building Company

Public Comments: Virginia Maravilla passed away. A request was made for the board to discuss the library’s enforcement policy for face masks.

Building Program Update: Representatives from Gilbane Building Company and Wold Architects and Engineers updated the board on an unforeseen roof issue, supply chain issues and a drive-thru window issue. Following a discussion, Alison Andrews recommended that the library remain closed to the public for an additional two weeks for work to be completed. The board agreed to a two-week extension on the current closure. The library will now fully re-open to the public on Monday, February 7th.

Andrews, Hadeler, Kuzynowski and Paolucci left the meeting at 6:46 p.m.

Secretary’s Report: Cratty motioned, Kunde seconded that the Board approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on December 15, 2021 as presented. All Ayes. No Nays. Motion carried.

Threadgill-Smith motioned, Benigno seconded that the Board approve the minutes of the Executive Session held on December 15, 2021 as presented. All Ayes. No Nays. Motion carried.

Financial Reports and Checks: McKibben motioned, Threadgill-Smith seconded that the Board approve the checks and financial report for December 2021 as presented. Roll call votes were: Benigno-Aye; Budzynski-Aye; Cratty-Aye; Kunde-Aye; McKibben-Aye; Smith-Aye and Threadgill-Smith-Aye. All Ayes. No Nays. Motion carried.

Monthly Income/Expense Report (Discussion): Trustees reviewed the Income/Expense Report-December 2021 and there were no questions.

Library Director’s Report: Presented by Novak. Prior library director and board member, Virginia Maravilla, passed away yesterday. The Friends gave the library a check for $34,000. The library is very thankful for all that the Friends do for our library.

Committee Reports:

Policy: There was no report.

Finance: There was no report.

Facilities: There was no report.

Friends’ Liaison: Presented by Kampwerth. The Friends gave a donation for $34,000 to the library. Corner Books raised $1,100 in December. There will be a book sale and first in person meeting in February.

New Business: There was no New Business.

Old Business: There was no Old Business.

Upcoming Dates: The next Regular Monthly Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Board Discussion: Following a discussion about patrons who refuse to wear masks in the library, the library will continue to follow the CDC guidelines and continue to follow the recommendation of the State of Illinois regarding public health restrictions related to COVID-19. The board’s position is that library staff could remind library patrons to wear a mask while in the library but the library staff would not be required to engage in enforcement activities to get the public to comply with the masking mandate. The board doesn’t have expectations for the staff to serve a patron who refuses to wear a mask.

Executive Session: There was no Executive Session.

Items from Executive Session for Action: None

Adjourn: Cratty motioned, Benigno seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:27 p.m. All Ayes. No Nays. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Shannon McKibben, Secretary