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 DECEMBER 5, 2002 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
JOHN F. GERMANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 4-6PM

CALL TO ORDER:

Ms. Swisshelm, Vice Chairman called the meeting to order. A quorum was present. The Library Board instructed Mr. Stines to contact Mr. Hinton regarding his participation on the Board.

Ms. Swisshelm read a thank you note from Nancy Brererton, daughter of Arnold and Louise Kotler.

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

Library Board Members Present:
Margaret Fisher, James Harkins
Helen Swisshelm, Alma Hires
Kay O'Rourke, Laura Vickers
Sandra Cameron, Ted Corwin
Dora Reeder, Mary Silver
Library Board Excused:
William Scheuerle


Library Board Absent:
John Hinton

Library Staff Present:
Joe Stines, Director, Library Services
Linda Gillon, Manager, Staff and Administrative Support
David Wullschleger, Manager, Operations & Technology
Assistant County Attorney, Linda Davidson

Jackie Zebos, Administrative Services
Suzy George, Facilities Officer
Barbara Marquette, Administrative Assistant

 

Special Guests:

None.

Members of the Public:
Bob Argus
Maureen Gauzza
Brett Scharringhausen

APPROVAL OF THE SEPTEMBER 26, 2003 MINUTES
APPROVAL OF THE OCTOBER 24, 2003 MINUTES

Mr. Harkins made the motion to accept the September 26, 2002 amended minutes. Dr. Fisher seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Harkins made the motion that to accept the October 24, 2002 minutes. Mr. Corwin seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

Bob Argus apologized to the Planning Committee for blindsiding the Committee on the Upper Tampa Bay funding issue. He suggested that committee agendas be posted to the Library Board website. He asked why it appeared that a more elaborate building could be built (new YMCA) than the library at a lower cost than was quoted for a library. Mr. Stines responded that all of the library's books and equipment are included in the Capital Projects costs.

Maureen Gauzza thanked the Board for considering the addition of 5,000 sq. ft. for the Upper Tampa Bay Library to the unfunded list. Ms. Swisshelm stated that the Library Board has provisions for comments from the public, but that once the meeting is started there should be no debate or comment from the public.

Brett Sharringhausen, President, Upper Tampa Bay Library Foundation, thanked the Board for their decision. He asked that future facilities be included on the Library's web page equal to those posted for existing facilities. Both Upper Tampa Bay and South Brandon communities have submitted a Community Budget Request. Mr. Stines stated that staff is developing web pages for the planned libraries.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

    NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

    None.

    PLANNING COMMITTEE:

    Co-Chair Kay O'Rourke stated that the Structural Report for Turkey Creek was discussed. Two representatives from the alumni were present.

    The committee discussed Senator Crist and his plans for the University Area. North Tampa needs to be expanded or relocated.

    Construction has begun on the 5,000 sq. ft expansion at the rear of the West Tampa Library. Renovations and restorations are being completed on the existing building. The City of Tampa has donated property behind the post office that will accommodate twenty to thirty parking spaces. There will be parking along Union Street, behind the library, and a shared parking lot with the Sierra Meat Market.

    The Gould Evans Architects brought models and preliminary sketches of the SouthShore Regional Library for the Committee's input. A similar presentation will be done for the SouthShore Roundtable in February.

    The Unfunded Needs List was discussed and two projects were ranked. Ms. Cameron stated that the Board's policy was to have regionals in the quadrants of the County and then community branches that serve a particular community. Ms. Cameron does not feel that there needs to be so many regional libraries and she can not justify South Brandon as such. Mr. Stines responded that based on community population and service area, a 25,000 sq. ft. building can no longer be considered a regional library. The populations of South Brandon and Upper Tampa Bay communities need to be factored into the recommended square footage of those new projects.

    BUDGET COMMITTEE:

    Chairman, Helen Swisshelm stated that the committee reviewed the October FY03 budget report. She stated that this is the second year of a two year cycle work will soon begin on the FY04/05 budget. The committee also reviewed the September 30, 2002 final expenditures. Mr. Stines stated that any remaining funds were rolled over into reserves for FY03. The committee is continuing its review of the exempt managers' salaries. Ms. Silver commended Ms. Gillon's effort in gathering information on salaries from various counties.

    POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

    Chair, Dora Reeder asked Ms. Challener to report. Ms. Challener stated that there were three issues:

    1. Internet Use Subcommittee - the Supreme Court announced in November that it is going to hear the Internet Pornography case. This will decide whether public libraries can be forced to install filtering software that blocks specific websites. Currently no date has been set.
    2. Proposal for revision to the Naming Policy approved 2001. The additional section is being proposed reads. "The Library Board shall solicit input on the request (to name a library facility) from the affected community. A variety of methods may be used to gather community input including public meetings, written surveys, or through electronic media such as e-mail or voice mail." The committee made the motion that the Library Board add the statement above to the Naming Policy for Library Facilities. Laura Vickers seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
    3. The Bylaws require a review in January and the Committee asked for recommendations from the Library Board members prior to the January 23 meeting. It was the consensus of the committee to review the Bylaws to a lesser degree than was done in the past.

    INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

    None.

    SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

    None.

    PUBLIC ART:

    None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

None.

NEW BUSINESS:

None.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

None.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Budget Committee - Thursday, January 16 - 12:00pm at the John F. Germany Public Library

Planning Committee - Wednesday, January 15 - 1:00pm at the John F. Germany Public Library

Policy & Bylaws - Thursday, January 23 - 2:30pm at the John F. Germany Public Library

Library Board -Thursday, January 23 - 4:00pm at the John F. Germany Public Library

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30pm.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: January 23, 2003
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: John F. Germany Public Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise


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