Elkhart Public Library
300 S. Second Street
Elkhart, IN 46516
BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
February 20, 2008
The Board of Trustees of the Elkhart Public Library met in an executive session, as provided for by IC 5-
14-1.5-6.1(b), Item 6, to discuss job performance evaluations of individual employees. The executive
session, which took place prior to the scheduled Board of Trustees Meeting on February 20, 2008, was
held in meeting room #406 and called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Stuart B. Basquin, President. Members of
the Board of Trustees present were Stuart B. Basquin, Barbara G. Anderson, Renee’ Cocanower, Mary E.
Davis, Janice E. Dean, and Levar L. Johnson. J. Scott Troeger was unable to attend. The Board discussed
the Director’s evaluation and contract renewal. The Executive Session was adjourned at 7:05 p.m.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
The meeting of the Elkhart Public Library Board of Trustees was held on February 20, 2008, in meeting
room #406 of the Library Annex. Stuart B. Basquin, President, called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.
ROLL & INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS
Members of the Board of Trustees present were Stuart B. Basquin, Barbara G. Anderson, Renee’
Cocanower, Mary E. Davis, Janice E. Dean, and Levar L. Johnson. J. Scott Troeger was unable to attend.
Also present were Connie Jo Ozinga, Director, and Sandra Bevins, Business/HR Manager. Library staff in
attendance: Deborah Stewart, Assistant Director; Marcia Vierck, Associate Director-Pierre Moran Branch
Library. No guests were in attendance.
A. Adoption of Agenda
B. Approval of Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Last Meeting Minutes
b. Approval of Financial Reports
c. Approval of Claims
d. Approval of Investments
e. Approval of Employee Changes
f. Approval of Circulation and Activity Reports
Levar L. Johnson moved
THAT – the Consent Agenda be approved as presented.
Second: Renee’ Cocanower Motion: Carried
Minutes of the Elkhart Public Library Board of Trustees 2/20/2008 Page 2
DIRECTOR’S REPORT The Legislative Services agency estimates a reduction in levy of $260,000.00 as a result of the proposed tax reform bills. UNFINISHED BUSINESS Main Library Project The Director presented a recommendation from Jane Herndon of Ice Miller to submit a reduced bond request to the Tax Commissioner.
Mary E. Davis moved THAT – the Board submit a reduced bond request and commission Ice Miller to draft a letter addressed to the Tax Commissioner. Second: Barbara G. Anderson Motion: Carried NEW BUSINESS Read Away the Fines Proposal The director presented to the Board a proposed program for young library patrons to pay off library overdue debt with supervised reading.
Janice E. Dean moved THAT – the Elkhart Public Library approve the Reading Away the Fines program as presented. Second: Renee’ Cocanower Motion: Carried Question and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests Janice E. Dean asked the Director to discuss the status of the long range planning process. The Director indicated that a report will be available by the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business to transact, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held March 19, 2008, 7:00 p.m., in meeting room #406 in the Elkhart Public Library Annex. __________________________ Renee’ Cocanower, Secretary