2022-2023 Board Members
Rosetta Ballew-Jennings, President July 2022 – June 2023, Board term expires June 30, 2024
Brian Kirk, Vice President, July 2022 – June 2023, Board term expires June 30 2023
David Jordan, Treasurer, July 2022 – June 2023, Board term expires June 30, 2025
Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin, Secretary July 2021 – June 2023, Board term expires June 30, 2023
Joshua Bachman, Board term expires June 30, 2025
Mike Cadden, Board term expires June 30, 2023
Bobbie Cronk, Board term expires June 30, 2025
Kyla Ward, Board term expires June 30, 2024

Meeting Rotation Schedule

The next regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington Park Library.

Minutes from the August 18, 2022 Board meeting:

ST. JOSEPH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Meeting of the Board of Trustees
August 18, 2022, 6:30 p.m., Carnegie Library

M I N U T E S

The Board of Trustees of the St. Joseph Public Library met on August 18, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library. Board members in attendance were Joshua Bachman, Mike Cadden, Bobbie Cronk, David Jordan, Brian Kirk, and Kyla Ward. Rosetta Ballew-Jennings, Doug Hutton, and Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin were absent. Audrey Sheets and Mary Beth Revels were present from the staff. No one was present from the public or media.

Vice President Brian Kirk called the meeting to order and the roll call was taken.

The public hearing for the tax rate was held. Hearing no questions or comments from the public, the public hearing was closed.

Under approval of the minutes, Cadden moved and Ward seconded to approve the minutes of the July 20, 2022 meeting of the Board of Trustees as presented. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Under report of the treasurer, David Jordan reported that he and Mary Beth Revels met with accountant Tim Gawatz the previous week. Ward moved and Bachman seconded to approve checks #33550 through #33604, July electronic withdrawals and direct deposits, and journal entries. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Jordan reported that budgeted revenue is $200,000 less than the approved budget on the accountants’ financial reports because a transfer from the capital reserve account is not considered revenue. The reports show a deficit because of budgeted capital expenses. A way to remedy this is to pull the capital expenses out of the operating budget. Mary Beth Revels will present an amended budget at the next meeting for approval. Ward moved and Cadden seconded to approve the monthly financial reports prepared by library staff and the office of Liechti, Franken, Hilsabeck & Gawatz, LLC. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

There was no other financial business.

There were no reports of Committees.

Under old business Ms. Revels reminded Board members of the long range planning meeting with representatives from the OrangeBoy consulting company on August 24, 2022.

There was no other old business.

Under new business, Ms. Revels presented the information from the State Auditor’s Office related to setting the library’s tax rate. The legal tax rate ceiling for the library is $0.42 per $100 of assessed valuation. The library’s tax money comes from a 27 cent permanent levy and a 15 cent temporary levy that expires in 2040. The maximum amount that can be approved this year is $0.4188. Cadden moved and Bachman seconded to set the annual tax rate at $0.4188. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Under Cargo Van Purchase, Jordan moved and Ward seconded to affirm the email vote to allow the purchase of the 2020 Ford Transit van. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Brian Kirk presented the SJPL Board of Trustees Code of Ethics for approval. The policy is approved every other year in accordance with Missouri Ethics Commission requirements. Ward moved and Bachman seconded to approve the SJPL Board of Trustees Code of Ethics as presented. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Audrey Sheets, Branch Manager of the Carnegie Library, discussed programming plans and showed three of the Penworthy STEM kits the branches purchased with LSTA grant funding from the Missouri State Library.

There was no other new business.

Mary Beth Revels provided the Director’s Report. She discussed a community revitalization grant involving the Carnegie, Downtown, and Washington Park branches. Other topics included staffing, activities since the takeover of the Downtown building, and the Summer Reading Program.

Under Board Discussion ideas to increase public participation in Board meetings were discussed. Brian Kirk asked all in attendance to share a bit of information about themselves.

There was no Public Comment.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at the East Hills Library.

There being no further business, Ward moved and Bachman seconded to adjourn the meeting. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Mary Beth Revels
Secretary Pro Tempore