James Johnson, Jr., Chair
 
900 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602
James Martin, Jr., Vice-Chair
William Scheuerle, Secretary
 
Phone: (813) 273-3660
Fax: (813) 273-3707

Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library Board

MINUTES FROM THE APRIL 26, 2001 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
JOHN F. GERMANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 4-6pm

CALL TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 4:10pm

Sandra Cameron read the resignation letter from Jose Gracia.

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

Library Board Members Present:
Sandra Cameron, Anniece Ross
Bill Scheuerle, Mary Sherman
Cathy Bartolotti, Ian Greig
Kay O'Rourke, Dora Reeder
Helen Swisshelm
Library Board Excused:
Margaret Fisher

Library Board Absent:

Library Staff Present:
Joe Stines, Director of Libraries
Marcee Challener, Manager Public Service
David Wullschleger, Manager Operations & Technology
Linda Gillon, Manager Staff & Administrative Support

Suzanne George, Facilities Coordinator
Jackie Zebos, Administrative Services
Barbara Marquette, Administrative Assistant
Jason Biggers, Automated Services, Principal Librarian
Keith Allen, Material Services, Principal Librarian
Julie Beamguard, Site Coordinator, Port Tampa City Library
 

Special Guests:

Assistant County Attorney, Linda Davidson
Israel Grajales, Director Real Estate
Mike Kelly, Real Estate
Swati Bose, Real Estate
Tony Leto, Real Estate

Members of the Public:

Maureen Gauzza, President, Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Library

APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUAY 15, 2001 & MARCH 22, 2001 MINUTES

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

Maureen Gauzza, President, Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Library, discussed property located on Countryway Blvd.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

PLANNING COMMITTEE:

Chairman Kay O'Rourke stated that the Committee had ranked the proposed South Brandon library locations in the following order: Site 1, 5, and 2. The Committee recommended that Mike Kelly, Director of Real Estate, negotiate with the owners of Sites 1 and 5. Ms. Cameron called for the vote. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Stines stated that Mike Kelly would now begin negotiations on these two sites. The Library Board will have the option to recommend to the BOCC one or both sites. Ms. Cameron stated that the Board and the Planning Committee have considered many things, including visits to the sites. Mr. Stines stated that Library and Real Estate staff feel they can be build a library that will serve the public, on any of the recommended sites. Bill Scheuerle stated that even though Site 2 was listed third that does not mean that this site is out of the running. Negotiations on Site 1 or 5 may fall through. Helen Swisshelm asked that the location of the proposed library sites be identified on a map.

Ms. O'Rourke proposed May 31 for the dedication of the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. Library staff will check the BOCC's availability.

BUDGET COMMITTEE:

Chairman Helen Swisshelm stated that all the members of the committee were present at the Library's Budget Presentation to Dan Kleman, County Administrator. She read a letter to the Board from Mr. Kleman thanking the members for attending and stating his commitment to the Library. Ian Greig stated that the library staff did an outstanding job. After the meeting, Ms. Swisshelm met with Helen Levine to discuss the compensation for the position of Library Director. It is the consensus of the Committee that the position is under-paid and they would like to see it at the midpoint of the pay grade. The committee is drafting a letter, for the Board's approval, to the Human Resources Department requesting a salary review.

Ms. Swisshelm called for a Budget Committee meeting prior to the next Board meeting on May 24th at 3:30 p.m.

POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

Chairman Dora Reeder stated that the Committee recommended for approval the Library Naming Policy and the Alcohol Use Policy. Ms. Cameron called for the vote. The motion passed unanimously.

The Bylaws were presented for approval. Linda Davidson, Assistant County Attorney, pointed out an error in Article 2, Section 5 which reads "there shall be at least two days notice oral or written (not including day of verbal announcement or day of mailing) prior to special meetings of the Board and all committee members." It should read "meetings." The Bylaws were approved with that correction. Corrected copies of the Bylaws will be sent to the Board members.

INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

None.

PUBLIC ART:

None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Ms. Cameron stated that the Hillsborough County Cooperative held a meeting on April 26. All members were present. Current LSTA grants, upgrade of Dynix, and the new web page design were discussed.

NEW BUSINESS:

Keith Allen, Materials Services, gave a brief review of the current process for "Review of Library Materials."

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

Mr. Stines presented a Gold Library Card award and a book of Wyland art to Kay O'Rourke, on behalf of the Friends of the John F. Germany Library.

Mr. Stines distributed a flyer and registration form to the Board, describing the Regional Leadership Institute's workshop for Library Board members and Friends of the Library.

Mr. Stines thanked Anniece Ross for representing the Board at the Florida Library Days and stated that many members of the Friends also attended.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The John F. Germany artwork tour is scheduled for June 28th at 2:30pm

ADJOURNMENT:

Meeting adjourned at 5:45pm

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: May 24, 2001
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: 78th Street Community Library

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