DEARBORN DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARIES
LIBRARY COMMISSION MEETING
In attendance were: Mr. Marcel Pultorak, Chairperson; Mr. Robert Taub, Mrs. Jihan Jawad,
Mrs. Candyce Abbatt and Mr. David
Schlaff, Commissioners; Mrs.
Absent: Dr. Alex Shami, Vice-Chairperson.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the April 2009 Library Commission Meeting were approved as submitted.
3. FOUNDATION UPDATE
Mrs. Bartles reported the
next Library Foundation meeting is Tuesday,
4. BUDGET UPDATE
Mrs. Bartles reported that the
City Council has the budget and hopes to approve it somewhere around May 18th. They are still having budget meetings at this
point though we were not called to attend any of the budget meetings. After the all the departments submitted their
budgets we were asked to go back and make additional cuts which we did by
cutting things Mrs. Bartles thought could be delayed, which totaled about
$60,000. Our budget was cut by an
additional $118,000 of which $100,000 was from our materials budget. It will be
difficult to compare this coming year’s budget with previous years as we have moved
to a more direct costing allocation where costs such as utilities, insurance,
and the cost for building services and services received from MIS will be added
to our budget. Our materials budget will
be about $550,000. Mrs. Abbatt asked if
the library would receive any stimulus money and Mrs. Bartles stated that there
may be some stimulus funds for broadband Internet costs. Mrs. Bartles is attending a summit on this at
the Library of Michigan on May 20th with Doug Feldkamp from the MIS
Department. Mr. Pultorak stated he is
attending a meeting next week, sponsored by the Center for
5. INFORMATION ITEMS-
Orientation Session- The next
volunteer orientation is going to be held on
B. Commissioners whose term expires in June 2009- Commissioners Mr. Taub, Mrs. Abbatt and Dr. Shami’s terms expire in June 2009 and we currently have two vacancies on the Commission. Mrs. Bartles was told by the Mayor’s secretary that the reappointments would be decided on by June 15th. She also asked Mrs. Bartles if she had additional names, besides the two who were already submitted, to fill the vacancies on the Library Commission. If the Library Commissioners know of someone they would like to recommend for the Library Commission please let her know. Mr. Pultorak stated that he spoke with Mike Kirk at a function for the Mayor and he is still interested in serving on the Commission.
C. Painting-Mrs. Bartles stated that the City painters retired a few years ago and were not replaced. Mrs. Bartles was able to budget to hire a painting company. They did a significant amount of painting at Esper, Snow and HFCL. Bryant had some work done as well.
D. Esper Branch Carpeting- Mrs. Bartles reported that new carpeting has been installed at the Esper Branch. Mrs. Abbatt stated that we should think about having meetings at the branch locations again as we have done in the past. Mrs. Bartles stated they could discuss it at the June meeting.
6. ACTION ITEMS- None
Mr. Schlaff asked how the work on the
Mrs. Bartles stated that over the summer we may make some changes to the statistics report as it is not always clear what is being measured on the current report.
Mrs. Bartles stated that she gave a presentation to the Dearborn Rotary Club about the library. Her goal for the year is to get out and meet with community groups about the library.
The bookmark contest award ceremony will be held at HFCL on May 17th at .
The meeting was adjourned at .