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 JANUARY 26, 2006 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
BRANDON REGIONAL LIBRARY, 4-6PM

CALL TO ORDER:

Mr. Johnson called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. A quorum was present.

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

Library Board Members Present:
Jim Johnson, Chair
Dora Reeder, James Martin,
Sandra Cameron, Alma Hires,
William Scheuerle, Bob Argus,
Michelle Schofner, Kay O'Rourke,
James Harkins
Library Board Excused:
Laura Vickers, Margaret Fisher

Library Staff Present:
Joe Stines, Director of Library Services;
Linda Gillon, Manager, Programming;
David Wullschleger, Manager, Operations;
Jackie Zebos, Manager, Administrative & Reference Services;


Suzanne George, Chief Librarian;
Aracelis Putnam, Administrative Specialist;
Barbara Marquette, Administrative Specialist;
Assistant County Attorneys Linda Davidson and Alicia Gonzalez.
 

Special Guests:
None.

Members of the Public:
None

APPROVAL OF THE LIBRARY BOARD December 8, 2005 MINUTES

Mr. Argus made the motion that the December 8, 2005 minutes be approved with corrections. Dr. Scheuerle seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Stines reminded the Chair that a tour of Center Place which is co-located with the Brandon Regional Library was on the agenda for 4:30 p.m. Mr. Harkins made the motion to amend the agenda and to recess the meeting for a fifteen minute tour of Center Place. Mr. Martin seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BUDGET COMMITTEE:

Chair, Bill Scheuerle stated that the next Committee meeting is February 21 at 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library. The reappropriation has been approved by the BOCC and also the Cybermobile has been accepted. Two items were discussed during the review of the monthly budget: 6100 Capital Outlay - the parenthesis means that there is money available to spend. 6499 Other Equipment - on December 31 this line item was 202.5% expended. Ms. Gillon assured the Committee that this will be covered by the reappropriation. The rest of the meeting was spent discussing the proposed Ruskin incorporation and what effect that could have on the Library Taxing District. Assistant County Attorney, Linda Davidson stated that the Taxing District included the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City. The bill includes language that states that Ruskin remains within the taxing district.

Mr. Stines stated that the Unmeet Needs List is due January 31. The Planning Committee did meet, but there was not a quorum so the Committee could not bring a motion to the Library Board.

PLANNING COMMITTEE:

Chair James Martin stated that the Committee toured the third and fourth floors of the John F. Germany Public Library West Building (City of Tampa's MIS Department). This clarified their need for the extension of lease agreement. It was the consensus of the Committee to have the Real Estate Department act on the Park/Fire Department property located on FishHawk Blvd next to the high school. Mr. Stines stated that 66 acres and an additional 20 acres have been donated by two developers. With the Library Board's consent Real Estate will pursue this site.

Mr. Martin asked Mr. Stines to discuss the donation of $5 million for the Bloomingdale Library. Mr. Stines stated that he is working with a Brandon citizen and has scheduled a meeting with the County Administrator. Architectural Services has explored all of her suggestions and agrees that they are possible. Discussions are ongoing.

Mr. Stines updated the Library Board on the following projects:

The Real Estate Department will be sending a letter to the City of Tampa addressing the terms of the Interlocal Agreement for the leasing of the third and fourth floors of the John F. Germany Public Library West building as outlined by the Library Board.

The Seffner/Mango Public Siting meeting was well attended, and the citizens were very supportive.

School Board official, Earl Whitlock was open to the suggestion of opening the Sulphur Springs School media center to the public and will coordinate with his staff. Mr. Stines stated that an interlocal agreement will be necessary but that there is a possibility that the library would open during the summer. Discussion continues.

A meeting has been scheduled with School Board officials to discuss the Seminole Heights Library to discuss the possibility of purchasing or using School Board property in the area.

Mr. Johnson called for the recess and cautioned the Library Board members not to discuss Library Board issues during the tour.

Mr. Johnson reconvened the meeting at 4:53 p.m. The Planning Committee continued its report.

Mr. Stines stated that the Library Board needs to prepare a Capital Budget Unfunded Needs List. Mr. Wullschleger stated that the Guiding Principles were to be used to assist in prioritizing the list. He suggested that the Library Board focus on the planning areas with the lowest square feet per capita. The Board members proposed the following:

1. John F. Germany floors 3 & 4 of the West building
2. Jimmie B. Keel expansion
3. Seminole
4.a Upper Tampa Bay expansion
4.b Bloomingdale expansion
5. Riverview
6. FishHawk
7. Wimauma
8. Waters/Anderson site

Ms. Schofner made the motion to approve the Unfunded Needs List. Mr. Harkins seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

Vice-Chair, Alma Hires stated that the Committee has several recommendations for the Library Board. The Committee recommends that the Library Board approve the request to serve alcoholic beverages at the Westgate Regional Library's annual "Art, Wine, and Music". Dr. Scheuerle made the motion to approve the request. Ms. Schofner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The Committee also recommends that the Library Board receive the revised Review of Library Materials Policy and recommend approval at the February Library Board meeting. Dr. Scheuerle suggested that all the "Chairman" references be changed to "Chair". Ms. Davidson stated that the policy should have the same language as the Bylaws.

The Committee recommended the Library Board approve the Time Management Software on Internet Computers Policy. Mrs. Reeder made the motion to approve the Time Management Software Policy. Ms. Schofner seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Hires stated the Ms. Davidson had notified the Committee that she will no longer be representing the Library Board. She has accepted the position of Senior Assistant County Attorney. The Library Boards new Assistant County Attorney, Alicia Gonzalez, was introduced.

Mr. Johnson welcomed Ms. Gonzalez and thanked Ms. Davidson for her assistance.

Mr. Argus asked to be excused at 5:45 p.m.

INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

None.

SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

None.

PUBLIC ART:

None.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

None

NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. Johnson distributed copies of the Library Board's attendance at Committee and Library Board meetings for 2005. He asked that the members review their attendance. He stated that attendance at the scheduled meetings is critical to the Committees.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

Mr. Stines distributed the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative's Annual Report stating that he was very pleased. Staff is to be commended for their excellent work.

The Hillsborough County Citizen's Advisory Council has asked Mr. Stines to speak to them about the Library and its services. His presentation is scheduled for February 24th.

The BOCC has been asked to approve the purchase of Tutor.com. This is a program which provides tutoring via live chat on the computer. This product is not marketed to schools and we hope to build our partnership with the school system with this product.

Mr. Stines has consulted with Assistant County Administrator Manus O'Donnell regarding his decision to not renew the Library's membership with the Florida Library Association (FLA) or to sponsor staff membership or attendance at FLA sponsored training. The FLA has voted not to meet or hold any meetings in Hillsborough County because of the BOCC's policy regarding Gay Pride. Mr. Stines feels that it is inappropriate to spend County tax dollars with an organization that will not bring their services to this county.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Budget - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Planning - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 1:30 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Policy & Bylaws - Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 2:30 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Library Board - Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 4:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 6:04 p.m.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: February 23, 2006
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: John F. Germany Public Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise.


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