Board of Directors Meeting Minutes – December 5, 2016

In attendance were John Dubinsky, President, presiding; Alison Ferring, Jacque Land, Keith Savage, Thomas F. Schlafly, David Sweeney, and Vince Volpe.

Also present were Executive Director Waller McGuire and staff members Barry Berry, Tiffany Davis, Diane Freiermuth, Cathy Heimberger, William Jackson, Charles Jefferson, Tonnya Joy, Kathy Leitle, Sarah Parker, Pepi Parshall, Justin Struttmann, and Lisa Wolfe; John Fox Arnold, Lashly & Baer; and Liz Reeves, Library Foundation.

The meeting was called to order at 5:33 p.m. by Mr. Dubinsky.

Mr. Schlafly’s motion to approve the minutes of the November 14, 2016 Board meeting, seconded by Mr. Savage, was approved.

President’s Report:
Mr. Dubinsky extended holiday wishes and thank you to staff for the year.

Executive Director’s Report:
McGuire commented on the successful visit of the “Reading Pays” author Neil Swaab, and about the addition of the database to the website. The Blues “Blood, Sweat, and Cheers” exhibit has opened and will be open through March 4, 2017. McGuire commented that he attended Judge Teitelman’s funeral service, which was heavily attended.
• Berry presented the HR Report.
• Reeves presented the Foundation Report.
• Jackson presented the Finance Report. There was a discussion about bond payments and the closeout of the New Market Tax Credits.
McGuire stated that he will present a financing plan for the Strategic Plan initiatives at the January Board Meeting. McGuire proposed a joint meeting of the Library Board and the Library Foundation Board. Mr. Dubinsky suggested that it take place on January 9, 2017 as an extension of the regular Library Board Meeting. Ms. Reeves stated that she would request this at the Library Foundation Board meeting to be held later in the week.

Committee Reports:
Mr. Volpe presented the Fiscal Affairs Committee Meeting Report.

Unfinished Business:
There was discussion of the Board Meeting calendar for 2017. It was decided that the calendar would stand as proposed, but that individual meetings could be cancelled during the year. Mr. McGuire asked that Board Members send him the dates of any of the scheduled meetings that they cannot attend.

Mr. Arnold gave an update on the court actions concerning the New Life Evangelical Center’s permits.

Ms. Ferring’s motion to go into Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Savage, was approved by a unanimous vote.

The regular Board meeting ended at 6:42 p.m.

At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Pubic Library on December 5, 2016, the following actions were taken:

Mr. Schlafly moved  that the Board approve the minutes of the meeting of November 14, 2016. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Ms. Ferring, Mr. Land, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Volpe.)
that the Board go into Executive Session. MOTION APPROVED
(In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Ms. Ferring, Mr. Land, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Volpe.)