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 MARCH 27, 2003 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
JOHN F. GERMANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 4-6PM

CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Scheuerle called the meeting to order. A quorum was present.

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

Library Board Members Present:
William Scheuerle, Helen Swisshelm
Alma Hires, James Harkins
Sandra Cameron, Mary Silver
Ted Corwin, Laura Vickers

Library Board Excused:
Dora Reeder, Kay O'Rourke


Library Board Absent:
Margaret Fisher


Library Staff Present:
Joe Stines, Director, Library Services
David Wullschleger, Manager, Operations & Technology


Linda Davidson, Assistant County Attorney
Barbara Marquette, Administrative Assistant

 

Special Guests:

None

Members of the Public:

None

APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUARY 27, 2003 MINUTES

Ms. Cameron moved that the minutes be accepted with corrections. Mr. Harkins seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:

None

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

    NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

    None.

    PLANNING COMMITTEE:

    Mr. Stines updated the Board on the following projects:

    Mr. Stines asked the Library Board to provide any changes or corrections they may have for the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative Plan. The Cooperative's next meeting is in April and they would like to have this document ready for completion.

    Staff received a cost estimate of $3.2 million for the renovation of the Turkey Creek "Strawberry" School. The breakdown is $15,000 project development, $150,000 design, $1.8 million for construction/rehabilitation, $750,000 for books, $450,000 for computers, furniture, and equipment. Staff will provide a recommendation after Wilson Miller completes the Master Plan.

    A summary report for the West Gate Regional was received from Architectural Services. The letter states that the building is in fair to poor condition. The architect recommends that the County consider demolition of the existing building as part of the re-development. Mr. Stines explained that there is currently $3.2 million funded and an additional $3.2 million (total $6.4 million) would be needed for replacement rather than expansion. Dr. Scheuerle asked that the West Gate Friends of the Library be asked for input on expansion versus replacement.

    Real Estate is working with Library staff and the strip center's management staff to locate additional storefront space for the Seffner Mango Library.

    The Real Estate Department is working with Bank America to have necessary repairs made to the leased building next to the Jan Platt Library. Plans are to move acquisitions staff from the main library into this building.

    Fred Hearns met with Mr. Stines and Ms. Harris to discuss his ideas for an Afro-American History museum and a 350 seat auditorium to be located at the Ybor Library. Mr. Hearns is investigating funding sources and other possible locations.

    Mr. Stines stated that Wilson Miller will be presenting Phase II of the master plan to the Planning Committee on April 17 and encouraged Board members to attend.

    BUDGET COMMITTEE:

    Budget Committee: Chairman, Helen Swisshelm stated that the committee reviewed the February 2003 budget report. Library staff will meet with County Administrator, Daniel Kleman on April 11, to review the Library's budget submission. Members of the Library Board are invited to attend. On March 31, Library staff will meet with members of the Management and Budget Department for a preliminary review.

    The Library Board sent Kathy Harris a letter on March 10 requesting an increase for three Library Services manager positions. Ms. Harris will forward the request to the Human Resources Department for review.

    POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

    Acting Chair, Alma Hires reported that the Committee had sent out letters to eleven members of the New Tampa community for input on the renaming of the New Tampa Library meeting room.

    Review of the Meeting Room policy and the Code of Conduct is ongoing.

    INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

    None.

    SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

    None.

    PUBLIC ART:

    None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Ms. Cameron asked whether the bookmobile schedules could be posted at various locations so that the public would be made aware of their stops. Mr. Stines stated that he would look into that possibility.

Staff was directed to contact the BOCC Secretary, Charlotte Emrick to determine the status of the District 4 vacancy.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. Stines submitted a request to change the Library Board meeting date in June since he and several staff members will be out of town. Ms. Swisshelm made the motion to change the June 26 Library Board meeting to June 19. Dr. Hires seconded. The motion was unanimously approved.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

Mr. Stines stated that the Friends of the Library Annual Membership meeting will be held at the John F. Germany Library on April 9th at 6:30 p.m. Local author and University of Tampa professor, Bob Kerstein will be the guest speaker.

Mr. Stines announced that he has been nominated for an EDDIE award (Excellence, Dedication, Devotion In Education) there will be a reception on April 9th at the Hillsborough County School Board auditorium to announce the finalist.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Budget Committee - Thursday, April 17 1:30 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library

Planning Committee - Thursday, April 17 2:30 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library

Policy & Bylaws - Thursday, April 24 - 2:30 p.m. at the Science Library at MOSI 4th floor conference room

Library Board - Thursday, April 24 - 4:00 p.m. at the Science Library at MOSI 4th floor conference room

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00pm.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: April 24, 2003
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: Science Library at MOSI

                 - Unless notified otherwise


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