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 SEPTEMBER 26, 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 not present.

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

Library Board Members Present:
Helen Swisshelm, Laura Vickers
Mary Silver, Dora Reeder
James Harkins
Edward Corwin

Library Board Excused:
William Scheuerle, Kay O'Rourke
Margaret Fisher, Sandra Cameron

Library Board Absent:
Alma Hires, John Hinton

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

Assistant County Attorney, Linda Davidson
Suzy George, Facilities Officer
Barbara Marquette, Administrative Assistant

 

Special Guests:

None

Members of the Public:

Bob Argus
Brett Scharringhausen

APPROVAL OF THE AUGUST 22, 2002 MINUTES

Since a quorum was not present corrections were made to the August 22 minutes but they were not approved. Mr. Stines amended the July 25 minutes page 3 last paragraph (under the heading Brandon) to read "The proposed Brandon Main Street plan includes a new larger Brandon Library. Once the plan is adopted Mr. Stines will ask Planning and Growth Management to speak to the Planning Committee about the plan. The Interlocal agreement with Center Place states that if the Library moves, the building would belong to Center Place. Mr. Stines indicated that eventually it may be proposed that the County sell the building to the medical community and that the proceeds could go to build a new library and/or Center Place at Main Street." These minutes will be submitted for approval at the October 24th meeting.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

Bob Argus asked the following questions: When would past library board minutes be posted to the HCPLC website? Mr. Stines responded that the minutes are posted to the website following Library Board approval. The July minutes have been amended and these amendments need to be approved by the Board.

Who should the Upper Tampa Bay Friends contact regarding a link on the HCPLC web page? Jason Biggers will contact Ms. Gauzza to arrange this.

Mr. Argus stated that he had heard a rumor about the possibility of delaying the Upper Tampa Bay Library opening and/or changing the location of the library? Mr. Stines stated that Architectural Services had moved the completion date of the Upper Tampa Bay and South Brandon Libraries to April 2005. Both dates have been moved back to December 2004. There has been no discussion of changing the location.

Brett Scharringhausen, President, Upper Tampa Bay Library Foundation, stated that the Foundation is holding its first fund raising event titled "The Great West Chase" on October 26. The foundation's purpose is three-fold: to purchase an additional 1.3 acres in front of the library site, to expand the library from the proposed 10,000-sq. ft. to 25,000-sq. ft., and to incorporate a 750-person auditorium that could be used for community activities.

Ms. Swisshelm asked whether the Foundation had taken into consideration the operating budget for a 25,000-sq. ft library. Mr. Scharringhausen stated that the Foundation would have to work through that process but that the Foundation expected to continue its financial support of the facility.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

    NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

    None.

    PLANNING COMMITTEE:

    None.

    BUDGET COMMITTEE:

    The committee will recommend that the Library Board direct the chairman to send a letter to Governor Bush supporting the proposed State Aid and full funding for all construction projects and a letter to the House of Representatives supporting H. B. 3784, the reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act (LSTA). Mr. Stines encouraged each board member, as individual citizens, to write letters of support. Staff will provide draft letters to the board members at the October meeting.

    POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

    None.

    INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

    The Internet Ad Hoc Subcommittee met with Jean Peters, Al Carlson, and Assistant County Attorney, Linda Davidson. Ms. Peters and Mr. Carlson answered questions and explained issues that may affect the future. Several software approaches were discussed. No meeting was scheduled.

    Ms. Silver will be representing the Library Board at a Stetson Law Library Seminar about the Patriot Act.

    SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

    None.

    PUBLIC ART:

    None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Ms. Swisshelm requested that Mr. Stines ask Assistant County Administrator, Kathy Harris to attend the January Budget Committee meeting and also a future library board meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. Corwin stated that he felt it would be beneficial for the Library Board to have a standing Public Art Liaison who could represent the Library Board at Public Art Committee meetings. Mr. Corwin has served on the Public Art Committee for the past eight years and has reached his term limit. His proposal will be placed on the October 24th agenda.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

Mr. Stines stated that the College Hill Library was reopened on September 27th. The meeting room carpet was replaced and the walls repainted. There have been reports of mildew at the Egypt Lake Partnership Library. We are working with the school to rectify the problem.

David Wullschleger, Israel Grajales, and members of the SouthShore Roundtable will be touring the SouthShore area looking at architectural styles for the regional library.

The West Tampa ground breaking was very successful. Commissioners Frank, Platt and Hart, Chamber of Commerce representatives, and approximately 200 citizens were present.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Budget Committee - Thursday, October 24 at 2:30 p.m. at the Port Tampa City Library

Library Board - Thursday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the Port Tampa City Library

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30pm.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: October 24, 2002
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: Port Tampa City Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise


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