Warren-Newport Public Library District
Board of Trustees
Committee of the Whole Report
Committee, Date, and Location: Tuesday, January 5, 2016, McCullough Board Room
Members Attending: Sue Niemi, Bob Diehl, Nancy Sheldon, Andrea Farr Capizzi, Jo Beckwith, Ryan
Livergood, George Kotsinis (arrived 7:03) Absent: Tom Colwell
Also Attending: Noreen Reese
Public Comment: None
Summary: Jo called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Andrea began Finance Committee of the Whole (CW) at 7:00 p.m. She recommends that the staff room
project not be started until the donation is received. She asked Ryan to find out the purpose of the tech
expense on pg. 8-2. She recommends approval of the November financials. Ryan presented a proposed
budgeting timeline, which is very similar to that of 2015.
Jo began Buildings and Grounds CW at 7:12 p.m. Ryan presented a first draft of a capital projects with
evaluation criteria added. The advantages of hiring a firm to do a capital needs assessment (CNA) was
discussed. Sue and Nancy thought this had been done prior to the last building project. Next draft to be
discussed at February CW.
George began Policy and Bylaws CW at 7:21 p.m. Policy 2003 Fund Balance: grammar and word clarity
changes only. Policy 3005 Confidentiality: Quotation and attribution from the IL Statutes (Article 2) was
updated. Policy 3065 Technology Use by the Public: Addition of the notation to review the policy annually.
Addition of Sect. 3.04 No Expectation of Privacy. Policy 1001 Bylaws: Two approaches were discussed:
1) Bylaws to reflect use of CW 2) Bylaws to reflect a choice of using CW or standing committees. A
compromise will be tried next –
a version that mentions both and references the current version 1001 to
refer to if a future board wants to return to standing committees.
Jo began the remaining CW at 8:12 p.m. Ryan presented a draft of the strategic plan. Elements were
discussed and suggestions given. Ryan will prepare a second draft for the February CW meeting.
What’s Next? (Owner -Action Items -Deadline):
Ryan and Noreen: find the prior CNA date and documents
Ryan: meet with admin team re: prioritization of capital needs projects
Recommendation(s) for Board Action:
Approval of the November financial statements, consent agenda
Approval of Policy 2003 Fund Balance, consent agenda
Approval of Policy 3005 Confidentiality, consent agenda
Approval of Policy 3065 Technology Use by the Public, consent agenda
Agenda item(s) for next Committee of the Whole:
Finance: Review of December financial statements; budget planning
B & G: Review of prior CNA; projects update
Policy 1001 Bylaws
Personnel: Policies 101, 102, 103, 104
Other: Strat Plan, draft 2
Nancy Sheldon moved to adjourn. Andrea Farr Capizzi seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.