The Regular Meeting of the Eisenhower Public Library District Board of Trustees February 16, 2023.
CALL TO ORDER
President Braun called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M.
Present: Braun, Magnuson, Ringelstein, Magnelli, Ross.
Present Electronically: Krebs, Parent.
Also Present: Wittmann, Bacarella, Tomzik, V. Bitters, Stam, Lewis, McPhillips, Sciaccotta.
Also Present Electronically: Clark.
Declaration by the Board President that a fully in-person meeting is not Practical or Prudent because of COVID.
RECOGNITION OF VISITORS
There were no visitors present.
There were no comments from the public.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Trustee Parent moved, seconded by Trustee Magnelli, THAT THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING HELD JANUARY 19, 2023 BE APPROVED. A Roll Call vote on the Motion was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnelli, Magnuson, Ringelstein, Ross, Parent, Krebs, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT None.
Director Wittmann advised that the financials are in good shape. We have received more tax money. The spring tax bills may be pushed back to April.
APPROVAL OF CURRENT BILLS
Trustee Magnuson moved, seconded by Trustee Ross, THAT REGULAR PARKWAY CHECKS 29854 THROUGH 29923 TOTALING $102,432.12 FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY; MANUAL PAYMENTS TOTALING $10,223.69 FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY; MANUAL CHECK 29850 THROUGH 29853 TOTALING $6,165.93 FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY; VOIDED CHECKS 29843 29852; JANUARY NET WAGES TOTALING $114,062.44; JANUARY PAYROLL TAXES IN THE AMOUNT OF $47,439.25; AND JANUARY IMRF GOV ONE DEBIT IN THE AMOUNT OF $18,201.60. A Roll Call Vote on the Motion was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnelli, Magnuson, Ringelstein, Ross, Parent, Krebs, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT None.
Next month’s Island Within A City Committee meeting will start at 7:00 P.M.
Community Kindness Day—
Trustee Ringelstein reported that Harwood Heights with be participating also. It will take place April 29, 2023. They are starting to make the rounds within the community.
2023 Exempt Affidavit—
We still do not have the affidavit yet.
NIMEC Pricing for Natural Gas—
Adam Hoover, our representative with NIMEC, advised that they are seeing a decrease in the cost of natural gas. They recommend us moving from Nicor to Constellation’s three-year offer. Trustee Magnelli moved, seconded by Trustee Krebs, TO ACCEPT THE PRICING FOR NATURAL GAS WITH CONSTELLATION AS PRESENTED BY NIMEC UNTIL 2027. A Roll Call vote on the Motion was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnelli, Magnuson, Ringelstein, Ross, Parent, Krebs, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT None.
Video/Photo/Audio/Document Consent Form Revision—
Trustee Ross moved, seconded by Trustee Magnuson, TO APPROVE THE VIDEO/PHOTO/AUDIO/DOCUMENT CONSENT FORM REVISION. A Roll Call vote on the Motion was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnelli, Magnuson, Ringelstein, Ross, Parent, Krebs, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT None.
Trustee Magnuson moved, seconded by Trustee Ringelstein, THAT NANCY NOWAK’S HOURLY RATE BE INCREASED FROM $13.80 TO $13.92 RETRO FROM JAN 1, 2023. A Roll Call vote on the Motion was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnelli, Magnuson, Ringelstein, Ross, Parent, Krebs, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT None.
Gabriel Garcia was hired as a Circulation Services Clerk; he started on Monday, February 6, 2023. Circulation Services Clerk, Tabitha Broaster has resigned. Her last day will be Thursday, February 16, 2023. Adult Tech Clerk, Brian Valesh has resigned. His last day will be Monday, February 20, 2023.
Any other Business—
Director Wittmann discussed the banned patron and the Board agreed that the suspension was justifiable. ALA will take place here in June. A few Trustees are interested in attending. The Laconi Trustee banquet will take place Friday, May 19. Trustee Parent would like to attend. Tiffany Lewis reported that Cindy Robinson and Joseph Filipek would be discussing issues facing public libraries.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY UPDATES
Julie Stam reported that the Friends the next meeting is in March. Lisa works in the book room most Wednesdays. They want to fill the shelves a little bit so they can have a summer book sale.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Director Wittmann’s Librarian report was discussed as items occurred on the agenda. She discussed the large FOIA request that was received. She reported that the carpet installation would be done in the next few months and that we would be meeting with a moving company about moving furniture for the carpet install. The carpet installation for the remaining areas of second floor will be on the agenda for the Board to approve in March or April. We are aiming to have the offices done the week of May 21 and the staff lounge after that.
FOIA request from an anonymous person requesting records of all book purchase orders made by the library, including vendor information, cost, and purchase dates. Receipts or invoices for all newly added books to the library collection. Records of the selection criteria used for purchasing new books, including author, title, subject, and publisher. List of all new books added to the collection in the last 12 months including title, author, publisher and ISBN. Records of any budget allocated for the purchase of new books, including the allocation for specific genres or subjects. Records of any communication with publishers or vendors regarding book purchases, including any discounts or deals negotiated.
Postcard from Robbins Schwartz announcing new partners in their law firm. LACONI Trustee Banquet to take place Friday, May 19, 2023 at 6 P.M. Cost for tickets is $65.00. Thank you note from the family of Joseph A. Baio.
There were no announcements.
Trustee Ross moved, seconded by Trustee Magnuson, THAT THE MEETING BE ADJOURNED. A roll call vote was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnuson, Magnelli, Ringelstein, Ross, Parent, Krebs, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT None. The motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M.