Board of Trustees
Huntley Area Public Library District
Minutes of the Regular Meeting
July 21, 2021
Call to Order: A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Huntley Area Public Library District was held in the Temporary Meeting Room at the Huntley Area Public Library District, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley, IL 60142 on July 21, 2021. President Budzynski called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Trustees Present: Vito Benigno, Chris Budzynski, Sean Cratty, Katie Kunde, Marjorie Smith and Leslie Threadgill-Smith
Trustees Absent: Shannon McKibben
Library Staff Present: Frank Novak, Library Director; Loralei Getty, Business Manager; Pamela Kampwerth, Head of Programming
Visitors Present: None
Public Comments: There were no public comments.
Secretary’s Report: Threadgill-Smith motioned, Kunde seconded that the Board approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on June 16, 2021 as presented. All Ayes. No Nays. Motion carried.
Financial Reports and Checks: Threadgill-Smith motioned, Benigno seconded that the Board approve the checks and financial report for June 2021 as presented. Roll call votes were: Benigno-Aye, Budzynski-Aye; Kunde-Aye, Smith-Aye and Threadgill-Smith-Aye. All Ayes. No Nays. Motion carried.
Cratty entered the meeting at 5:33 p.m.
Monthly Income/Expense Report (Discussion): The Illinois Funds-Building Fund account was closed. These funds were used to partially offset last month’s construction expenses.
Committee Assignments-Board President: Budzynski presented the following committee appointments:
Policy: Smith (Chair), McKibben, Threadgill-Smith, Budzynski (ex officio)
Finance: Benigno (Chair), Cratty, Threadgill-Smith, Budzynski (ex officio)
Facilities: Cratty (Chair), Benigno, Kunde, Budzynski (ex officio)
Library Director’s Report: Presented by Novak. Novak met with the Park District regarding potential future uses of the land to the north of the library. Novak asked to see if the Facilities Committee would be willing to hold a meeting in the near future to discuss this property. To date, the library has received over $14,000 in memorial donations, on behalf of Mr. Ralph Hardy, which will be used for technology in the original building and sponsor the new maker space. The library also received a memorial donation, on behalf of Carol Donahue, in the amount of $10,000. These funds will be used for speaker programs. Congratulations to Loralei Getty who will celebrate 15 years with library in August. The library is required to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) as a part of its e-Rate funding. In lieu of a Policy Committee meeting, Chair Smith directed Novak to update the existing library policies.
Policy: There was no report.
Finance: There was no report.
Facilities: There was no report.
Friends’ Liaison: Presented by Kampwerth. Corner books raised over $2,000 in June and July 2021. The Friends will hold their first in-person general meeting in August at the Huntley Park District. The Friends are preparing for many fundraisers in the fall.
Authorized Signer for New Bank Account: Budzynski motioned, Smith seconded that the Board approve adding Kunde to the library’s bank accounts with the First National Bank of Omaha as an authorized signer. Roll call votes were: Benigno-Aye, Budzynski-Aye, Cratty-Aye; Kunde-Abstain, Smith-Aye and Threadgill-Smith-Aye. Five Ayes. No Nays. One Abstain. Motion carried.
SAFE-T Act Auditing Official Appointment Resolution: The SAFE-T Act is a new law that became effective on July 1st. This law provides protections for whistleblowers who report improper governmental action and it permits the library to appoint an auditing official to carry out the functions of the law and to protect whistleblowers. The board can appoint its own auditing official or, by default, the McHenry County State’s Attorney will serve as the auditing official. The library’s attorney says that the library director is a logical choice and Novak is comfortable in this position. Novak recommended legal counsel or Getty as a substitute. Threadgill-Smith recommends legal counsel but recognizes the potential substantial cost associated with the investigations. Budzynski motioned, Cratty seconded that the Board appoint the library director as the auditing official as presented for the Huntley Area Public Library District. Roll call votes were: Benigno-Aye, Budzynski-Aye, Cratty-Aye; Kunde-Aye, Smith-Aye and Threadgill-Smith-Nay. Five Ayes. One Nays. Motion carried.
Old Business: There was no Old Business.
Upcoming Dates: The next Regular Monthly Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Board Discussion: Novak will schedule Jaime Lopez, Head of IT, to attend the Regular Board Meeting in August to introduce himself. Budzynski appreciates the Monthly Project Report from Gilbane in the board packet. Kunde gave the marketing team kudos on the recent use of social media.
Executive Session: There was no Executive Session.
Items from Executive Session for Action: None
Adjourn: Cratty motioned, Threadgill-Smith seconded to adjourn the meeting at 6:15 p.m. All Ayes. No Nays. Motion carried.
Shannon McKibben, Secretary