Board of Directors Meeting: May 2, 2022

In attendance were Nina North-Murphy, President, presiding; Alison Ferring, Janet Rainford, Keith Savage, Tom Schlafly, and David Sweeney, and Vince Volpe, Vice President. 

Also present were Chief Executive Officer Waller McGuire and staff members Maryann Brickey; Tiffany Davis, Jon Drakesmith, Cathy Heimberger, Mary Meyer, Daisy Porter-Reynolds, Anna Strackeljahn, Joe Monahan; Justin Struttmann, Jen Wiese, Liz Reeves, and Lisa Stump, Lashly & Baer. 

The meeting was called to order at 5:34 p.m. by President North-Murphy. 

Mr. Savage’s motion, seconded by Mr. Schlafly, to approve the minutes of the March 7, 2022 meeting was approved. 

Public Comment:
There was no public comment received for the May Board meeting. 

Chief Executive Officer's Report: 
The Library administration is working with search firm EMD to consider a variety of candidates for the CFO position. Staff will ask the Fiscal Affairs committee to participate in interviews and all Board members will be invited. The timetable is flexible, but the process is being moved forward as quickly as is reasonable. William Jackson is continuing his duties, taking time off when possible, and will help orient the candidate chosen. The budget is tracking as expected, with revenue slightly ahead of last year. There were no questions concerning the Human Resources report. The Federal government authorized a second year of the Emergency Connectivity Fund, although it is much smaller than the first year: $1 billion instead of $7 billion. Administration discussed it extensively: the funding is very narrow, including only approved equipment, no staffing, no auxiliary equipment. The window opened in late April and the Library put in three applications: one to renew the existing 4000 hotspots for another year; one for an additional 8000 hotspots for another year; and one for 1500 Chromebooks. This is what we feel we can manage with current staffing. The Library has a good track record with this program and we hope for a good result. The application totals $$3,684,480. Mr. Struttmann reported on construction underway at Julia Davis, Barr, Buder, and Central Libraries. 

There were no questions concerning the Foundation Report. The upcoming Gala is fully sponsored and participation is going well. 

At 6:20 p.m. Ms. Rainford's motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Schlafly, was approved. 

At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library on May 2, 2022, the following actions were taken: 

Mr. Savage moved:  that the Board approve the minutes of the March 7, 2022 meeting. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Ms. North-Murphy, Ms. Ferring, Ms. Rainford, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Volpe.) 
Ms. Rainford moved:  that be meeting be adjourned. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Ms. North-Murphy, Ms. Ferring, Ms. Rainford, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Volpe.)
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