NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
May 19, 2012
NWLS Headquarters, Ashland
1. Call to Order/Roll Call
Tuula Harris called the meeting to order at 10:06 am.
Present: Jim Basset (Sawyer County), Bill Bruen (Bayfield County), Jessie Burhans (Douglas County), Jeff Burke (Vilas County), Buzz Byrne (Burnett County), Dan Gretz (Sawyer County), Tuula Harris (Douglas County), Jamie Klema (Ashland County), Vivian Markley (Superior Public Library), Mary Platner (Vilas County), Laura Rachford (Burnett County), Jim Trojanowski (Director), Linda Stobbe (Office Manager).
Excused: Joel Certa-Werner (Douglas County), Dee Kittleson (Bayfield County), Al Lundquist (Ashland County), Deb Nordgren (Douglas County), Jim Pearson (Washburn County), Tom Thompson (Iron County).
2. Guest Comments
3. Approval of the March 17, 2012, NWLS Board Meeting Minutes
Motion by Buzz Byrne, second by Mary Platner to approve the March 17, 2012 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes. Motion carried unanimously.
4. Approval of March and April, 2012, NWLS Expenditures
Motion by Jeff Burke, second by Mary Platner to approve the March and April, 2012 NWLS Expenditures. Motion carried unanimously.
5. Approval of April 30, 2012, Financial Statement and Budget Report
Bill Bruen moved to accept the April 30, 2012 Financial Statement and Budget Report. Vivian Markley seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
6. Approval of Member County Appropriation Requests
In recognition of the continued budget constraints faced by counties, Jim Trojanowski recommended no change in the request in 2013. Tuula Harris noted this would be the sixth consecutive year without a request for a funding increase. Motion by Jessie Burhans, second by Vivian Markley to approve the requests as recommended. Motion carried unanimously.
7. Approval of Delivery/MAB Assistant position description and salary
Linda Bailen is retiring in July. To cope with anticipated budget cuts, Jim Trojanowski asked the board to approve a new part-time position and eliminate the current position. The new position would consolidate a number of lower level tasks being performed by higher paid employees and reassign higher level tasks in the current position to current employees while making relatively few changes in service levels. The changes are estimated to save about $37,000 in salary and benefits. Motion by Jeff Burke, second by Mary Platner to approve the new position at the recommended salary of $14 per hour. Motion carried unanimously.
8. Strategic Planning Discussion
Jim Trojanowski shared input received from member library directors and NWLS staff and led a discussion by the board.
9. Director’s Report
Tuula Harris declared the meeting adjourned at 12:32 pm.