May 14, 2014
The Arnolds Park Library Board met Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Arnolds Park Library.
Members present were Joyce Burgeson, Barb Woodley, Diana Jensen, new member Mitch Brown and Librarian Sue Sup. Absent was Robb Keizer. Also present were City Administrator Ron Walker, Police Chief Al Krueger, Police Dept. Office Assistant Kara Rice, and public Stacy Lind.
The minutes of April 9, 2014 were read and approved.
Discussion of Library director resignation: Ron Walker passed out a legal opinion from Fitzgibbons Law Firm on posting of public notice for the director position. For the filling of the position, public notice of the application deadline shall be posted at least ten days before the deadline in the same manner as used for public meetings and agendas. It is suggested that an application be filled out for any such position. The library board could appoint Kara Rice as Acting Director in the interim.
A motion was needed to post the job opening for the director position in the lobby of Arnolds Park City Hall for ten days. Burgeson so moved. Jensen seconded the motion. All aye. The library will maintain an application folder for thirty days.
Walker said if Kara Rice is appointed, she would be available to help in the police department Monday and Thursday mornings. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday she would work all day in the library.
Krueger said Rice would work in the police department those set days and if there was nothing to do she can go to the library. He is not asking for her to give any more time to the police department. This is on a trial basis. He said the police department will reimburse the library for Rice's time away from the library.
Burgeson moved to appoint Rice for a 30 day trial period. Jensen seconded. All aye.
Discussion of salary for the new director: Sue Sup said the library is using the City of Arnolds Park step plan. Using Step 1, the library director would start at $18.09 per hour. Burgeson moved to approve $18.09 per hour. Jensen seconded. All aye. The next step would be considered at the beginning of the fiscal year July, 2015.
Discussion of step plan wages for part time and library aides:
The city will make up a spreadsheet and bring to the next library meeting.
Walker explained the city's severance pay agreement. An employee is given 2 week's salary for each 2 years worked. Sup's severance pay will be 10 weeks of salary. Walker has amended the library budget to cover since this was not anticipated in the original 2014 budget.
Rice announced there will be an open house for Sue Sup Wednesday, May 21st from 2 - 4 p.m. Cake and ice cream will be served.
Rice reported this will be the third year for the summer reading club. She enjoys creating children's programming. The theme this will be Summer of Fun, Summer of Safety. The four week's planned programs are:
1) Bicycle safety. They will be giving out bicycle reflectors, reflective stickers for helmets, and do crafts.
2) Fire safety. The fire chief will offer fire truck rides and explain about the fire truck and equipment.
3) Water safety. They hope to have IDNR officer Steve Rieghard give a talk on water safety.
4) Weather safety. Fire chief Youngbluth or maybe Emergency Manager Mike Ehret will talk about being safe in bad weather. They plan a scavenger hunt.
Flyers will be sent home with the children and will place an ad in the Lakes News Shopper.
Jensen asked if Rice had worked with Sup on the budget, if she knows how to weed books and how to work with the library foundation. Rice said yes to all.
Sup presented the May bills in the amount of $392.93. She reviewed them with the board. The library will wait until near the end of June to pay the final bills. Burgeson moved to accept the bills as presented. Jensen seconded. All aye.
Sup presented the budget report from July 1, 2013 to May 19, 2014. There is approximately $2200 left. Amazon will be paid at year end. If there is any money left, the library needs a new computer.
Jensen suggested that secretary Barb Woodley pick out some highlights from the minutes over the years to send to new member Mitch Brown to give him an idea of some of what the library board does.
Rice said she will take two classes through the state for continuing education.
Jensen said the County Library Association will be going to the County Board of Supervisors to ask for more funding.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.