Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees
October 17, 2006
Becky Dickerson, Teresa Myott, Leslee Miller, Jon Kehne
Peggy Bryan, and Kristie Kirkpatrick.
Dickerson, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:10.
asked that the Upgraded Horizon online library catalog
demonstration be tabled until the next meeting, as James is
still working with the upgrade.
minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed.
Jon Kehne made a motion to accept the minutes, Teresa
Myott seconded and the motion carried.
presented the Financial Reports; September 30, 2006 Budget
Report and Account Balances Reports. She reviewed September
vouchers #8190-8254 totaling $44,885.10.
Leslee Miller made a motion to authorize payment of the
Myott seconded and the motion carried. Board members signed to authorize payment.
presented the circulation statistics for September.
Circulation of materials remained stable with increases
in Colton, Farmington, Garfield, Rosalia, St. John and Tekoa.
There was an increase in computer use and a decrease in
volunteer hours. There was a discussion about Oakesdale’s low circulation.
joined the meeting at 4:30.
Kristie announced that the dumbwaiter has finally been repaired.
Staff is trying to limit its use to prevent another
Miller has applied for a grant to the Christopher Reeve
Foundation to help fund a people elevator.
Kristie noted other efforts to publicize the problem and
fund the project. Kristie
noted that the Reeve Foundation awards up to $25,000. After a discussion, the board committed as much as $40,000
from our Capital Reserve Account could be allocated to the
elevator project in grant applications.
The amount used on applications will vary depending upon
the amount of money the grantor is able to award. Leslee Miller
made a motion to allocate up to $40,000 should any of the grant
opportunities be successful.
John Aune seconded and the motion carried.
passed out an updated Friends of WCL list.
She noted that there were four new members.
discussed the fall newsletter and thanked Sabrina Jones for her
discussed the Spring Newsletter, noting that it will feature
each branch and have a countywide feel.
A discussion followed.
discussed the board terms according to WCL policy, which is
currently two terms. Currently,
if a board member finishes over half of an expired term, it
counts as one of their two terms.
Washington State Library, however, says that board
members can finish out the majority of a term in addition to two
full terms. Kristie
asked the board if they wished to change our policy to the
will bring a resolution revising this portion of the policy
manual to the next meeting.
Washington State Auditor’s Office completed the accountability
audit. There were
no findings in the audit. There
was a recommendation to update our policy manual on travel and
credit card use. Kristie
thanked Peggy for her efforts in assisting with the audit and
for her work throughout the year.
thanked the board for their kind words in the fall newsletter.
She pointed out, however, that the real thanks
goes to all of the staff, doing the work.
Among recent staff changes, she noted that Don Appel was
hired full time. Kristie also mentioned specific employee
accomplishments and expressed her sincere appreciation to the
will be attending the Early Learning Summit in Seattle on
November 13 & 14th.
Bill Gates will be speaking at the Summit.
announced that the Library Supporter of the month for October is
Gene Ellithorpe. He
is a former employee, volunteer and Friend of WCL.
She expressed her appreciation to Gene for everything he
has done for the library.
announced the board voted to dispose of the magazine drawers on
the main floor of the library.
The drawers will be going to a newspaper museum in
Palouse. The space
will allow books to be shifted and will make room for a
Friends’ of the Library book sale shelf in memory of John
was discussion on the Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. board meeting time.
Everyone agreed that the time worked well.
no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:09 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 21st at
3:30 p.m. at the Colfax Library.
Bryan, Recording Secretary
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