Regular Meeting Minutes – June 16, 2021 

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Board of Trustees 

of the 

Huntley Area Public Library District 

Minutes of the Regular Meeting 

June 16, 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 June 16, 2021.  Secretary McKibben called the meeting to order at 5:30 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; Pamela Kampwerth, Head of Programming; Elizabeth Steffensen, Head of Public Services 

Visitors Present:  None 

Public Comments:  There were no public comments. 

Kunde entered the meeting at 5:32 p.m. 

Installation of New Library Trustees:  Katie Kunde was officially sworn in as a member of the Huntley Area Public Library District Board. 

Presentation of Slate from Nominating Committee:  The committee presented the following slate of officers for 2021: 

President                               Budzynski 

Vice President                      Cratty 

Treasurer                              Benigno 

Secretary                               McKibben 

There were no nominations from the floor. 

Election of Board Officers:  Threadgill-Smith motioned, Kunde seconded that the Board accept the slate of officers as presented by the Nominating Committee.  Roll call votes were:  Benigno-Aye, Cratty-Aye; Kunde-Aye; McKibben-Aye, Smith-Aye and Threadgill-Smith-Aye.  All Ayes.  No Nays.  Motion carried. 

Record of Board Membership (Roll Call of Members Present):  Benigno-Present; Cratty-Present; Kunde-Present; McKibben-Present; Smith-Present; Threadgill-Smith-Present.  Budzynski-Absent 

Vice President Cratty presided over the meeting. 

Secretary’s Report:  McKibben motioned, Benigno seconded that the Board approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on May 19, 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 May 19, 2021 as presented.  All Ayes.  No Nays.  Motion carried. 

Benigno motioned, McKibben seconded that the Board approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held on June 2, 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 June 2, 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 May 2021 as presented.  Roll call votes were:  Benigno-Aye, Cratty-Aye; Kunde-Aye, McKibben-Aye, Smith-Aye and Threadgill-Smith-Aye.  All Ayes.  No Nays.  Motion carried.   

Monthly Income/Expense Report (Discussion):  Construction costs are starting to pick up again.  This month’s total construction expenses amounted to approximately $600,000.  Everything is still going well with the construction project and the library remains under budget. 

Library Director’s Report:  Presented by Novak.  Trustee orders for logo wear are needed.  Novak offered to take the trustees on a tour of the existing building immediately following tonight’s meeting.  Per CDC guidelines, the library is requiring employees who are not fully vaccinated to mask while working at the library.  Novak and Getty are maintaining a checklist of employees who have proven that they are fully vaccinated.  The library is not in any way requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but employees who wish to work without masking must provide proof of being fully vaccinated.  Novak sent an email to all staff stating employees are required to wear a mask if you don’t show proof of being fully vaccinated.  Some staff feel it’s not fair to police if the staff are fully vaccinated and not the public using the library.  Novak and the board feel these are two classes of people:  tax payer and employee.  Kampwerth is a first-time grandmother.  Per the library’s auditor’s recommendation to the board from last year’s audit report, the library used gift funds to partially offset this month’s construction expenses.  All the gift funds were applied to those expenses except for the money for the “Connection to the Park”. 

Committee Reports: 

Policy:  There was no report. 

Finance:  There was no report. 

Facilities:  There was no report. 

Friends’ Liaison:  Presented by Kampwerth.  The June Evening General Meeting will be held on Friday, June 18th at 6:30 p.m.  Corner books raised over $1,000 last month.  The Friends are looking into a Culver’s event and Fall Fest this year.  The Friends accept one bag or box of donations per person per week. 

New Business:  

Budzynski entered the meeting at 6:03 p.m. 

Draft of FY 2021-2022 Working Budget:  McKibben motioned, Smith seconded that the Board approve the FY 2021-2022 Working Budget 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.   

Non-Resident Card Fee Approval:  Threadgill-Smith motioned, Kunde seconded that the Board approve the Non-Resident Card Fee at $252.03 per year for a family living outside of the library district.  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.   

Old Business:  There was no Old Business.

Upcoming Dates:  The next Regular Monthly Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. 

Board Discussion:  There was no Board Discussion. 

Executive Session:  There was no Executive Session. 

Items from Executive Session for Action:  None 

Adjourn:  Benigno motioned, McKibben seconded to adjourn the meeting at 6:13 p.m.  All Ayes.  No Nays.  Motion carried. 

 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Shannon McKibben, Secretary