February 21, 2007

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Webster Groves Public Library was held at 7 p.m. on February 21, 2007. President Jon Furst presided, and Library Director Tom Cooper kept the minutes. Present: Library Board Trustees Angela Birke, Tom Reedy, Bob Herdler, Christine Krueger. Absent: Trustees Celia Bouchard, Peter Ruger, Stacy Deleste, Gladys Tolley, and City Council Liaison Jeanne Kirkton.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:05.

Public Agenda

There was no public agenda

Minutes of the January 17, 2007 Meeting

Ms. Krueger moved to accept the minutes as written, Mr. Reedy seconded, and the minutes were accepted.


There was no correspondence.

President’s Report

Mr. Furst announced that Celia Bouchard will need to resign from the board because she is moving out of Webster Groves. He urged the trustees to think about who might make a good replacement.

Librarian’s Report

Mr. Cooper reported on the bomb threat that was written on the wall of the women’s bathroom on the afternoon of Feb. 9th, and spoke about the excellent response to the situation by the library staff and the Webster Groves Police Department.

The library closed early on Feb. 13 due to the snow storm.

An Architect from Hoener Associates came and toured the building on Feb. 15, and plans to bid on the Library’s feasibility study.

Advance Planning

Mr. Cooper will submit a draft of the Strategic Plan as it stands so far to Ms. Krueger so she can make recommendations.

Bids for the Feasibility study are due March 16, and a decision needs to be made on who will provide the service by March 23.


The library’s automation system was updated last month. The update was necessary to allow the system to work with 13-digit ISBNs, which are becoming the standard.

Building and Grounds

The library has sent letters to several lawn care companies soliciting bids on its lawn service. A decision should be made soon on whether Dunn Lawn and Land will continue to be the provider or will be replaced soon.

One of the front doors to the library has been repaired. It took a while, since the doors are so old and the hardware is no longer commonly available.


Bob Herdler reviewed the financial report and disbursements for January 2007. Ms. Birke made a motion that the financial report be approved as presented. Ms. Krueger seconded, and the report was approved.

Mr. Herdler also reported on a meeting he’d had with Tom Brouster of National City Bank concerning our line of credit. Mr. Brouster made a number of suggestions that would make us more attractive to lenders, and offered to come talk to the Board.

Human Resource

There was no report from this committee.


There was no report from this committee.

Old Business

There was no old business.

New Business

The Board looked at the proposals for renewing insurance coverage sent by our representative at Daniel & Henry. As anticipated, Safeco no longer wants to provide property coverage on the Mason house as part of our package. There were two separate quotes for that property coverage.

Ms. Krueger moved that we accept the package renewal quote from Safeco (premium $9,621), and quote #2 on the house (premium $1,810), and work out a payment plan with Daniel & Henry rather than paying the whole premium at once. Mr. Reedy seconded the motion, and it passed.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:10.

The next meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p. m.