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
Tona Williams, Board term expires June 30, 2024

Meeting Rotation Schedule

The next regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library. The Personnel Committee is meeting Tuesday, January 24 at 4 pm at the East Hills Library.

Minutes from the December 15, 2022 Board meeting:

ST. JOSEPH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Meeting of the Board of Trustees
December 15, 2022, 5:30 p.m., Carnegie Library

M I N U T E S

The Board of Trustees of the St. Joseph Public Library met on December 15, 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, Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin, Kyla Ward, and Tona Williams. Rosetta Ballew-Jennings was absent. Jenny Ellis, Jessica Poet, 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. All welcomed new Board member Tona Williams.

Under approval of the minutes, Cadden moved and Ward seconded to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2022 meeting of the Board of Trustees as presented. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

David Jordan asked for questions regarding the financial reports submitted for approval. Ward moved and Cadden seconded to approve checks #33811 through #33866, November electronic withdrawals and direct deposits, and journal entries. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Jordan reported that he and Mary Beth Revels met with accountant Tim Gawatz the previous week. The accountant pointed out a rise in maintenance costs this year; Revels explained much of it was due to the acquisition of the Downtown building. Cash flow is in a good position and the library has received the December tax money. No concerns were raised. Ward moved and Kirk 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.

Under reports of committees, Brian Kirk reported that the Personnel Committee is going to keep the Board portion of the director evaluation the same as last year but plans to return to a more open format for library staff.  The goal is to increase staff participation in the director’s evaluation.

Mary Beth Revels reported for the nominating committee that Tona Williams’ appointment to the board was approved by the city council on Monday, December 12, 2022.

There were no other committee reports.

Under old business Mary Beth Revels reported that four staff committees are busy working with OrangeBoy to identify short and long-term goals and objectives related to the long-range plan focus areas.

Holiday cards are still being sold by the SJPL Foundation as a fundraiser and are available for purchase at any library branch.

There was no other old business.

Under new business, the wording change to the Board of Trustees Bylaws was presented. Following discussion, Latosi-Sawin moved and Jordan seconded to approve the wording with the changes as suggested. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Mary Beth Revels reported to the board that the current FFCRA & EFMLA policy was set to expire at the end of the month. There was discussion regarding the necessity of the policy and expanding the policy. Ward moved and Latosi-Sawin seconded to extend the FFCRA & EFMLA policy as presented, through December 31, 2023. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Mary Beth Revels presented the options for reflooring the new book sale space at the Downtown Library. Robbie Johnson has removed all of the carpeting in preparation for the new floor. Following discussion of the different options presented, Cadden moved and Ward seconded to award the job to Tom Anderson of Amazing Garage Floors. All Board members in attendance voted “yes.” Motion carried.

Jenny Ellis, librarian at the Carnegie Library, talked about the neighborhood programming the Carnegie Library offers monthly. The most recent activity was a Hot Chocolate Bar Crafternoon, where 17 families had their holiday photos taken for free, and 62 people participated in the event. Upcoming programs at Carnegie are Hot Tea & Crafts, a Yeti day, and a St. Patrick’s themed afternoon.

Mary Beth Revels presented the Director’s Report. All four branches recently offered free holiday photos to patrons. Jennifer Sanders-Tutt applied for and was awarded an LSTA grant to purchase an overhead book scanner for the library. This will be helpful in digitizing items, particularly ones that cannot lie flat. Revels also reported on maintenance going on at the Downtown library: in addition to the work taking place in the book sale space, there are ongoing HVAC repairs, and a large crack in a wall in the Children’s department that needs to be repaired and replastered. Revels submitted a comment to the Missouri Secretary of State regarding his proposed administrative rule, and both her comment and the Board’s resolution are posted on the library website.

There was no Board Discussion.

There was no Public Comment.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. at the East Hills Library.

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

Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin
Secretary