May 16, 2007

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Webster Groves Public Library was held at 6:30 p.m. on May 16, 2007. President Jon Furst presided, and Library Director Tom Cooper kept the minutes. Present: Library Board Trustees Angela Birke, Bob Herdler, Christine Krueger, Peter Ruger, Tom Reedy, Stacy Deleste. Also present: Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch, Friends of the Library President Debbie Ladd, Legal Intern Susan Bollman. Absent: Council Liaison Jeanne Kirkton.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.

Public Agenda

There was no public agenda

Minutes of the April 18, 2007 Meeting

Ms. Krueger moved to accept the minutes as written, Ms. Birke seconded, and the minutes were approved.


There was no correspondence.

President’s Report

There was no president’s report.

Librarian’s Report

Mr. Cooper reported on his discussion of the 1965 Boundary Law at the most recent MLC Director’s meeting. The law directly affects the Kirkwood Public Library, and may soon affect University City Public Library. But Wicky Sleight, the director of Kirkwood Public, is not at all optimistic that anything can be done about it. There is a long history of not being able to interest legislators at the state level to sponsor legislation to change it, and there is some disagreement about what the nature of the change might be.

Mr. Cooper also reported that at the most recent MLC meeting he was elected Vice President of the Consortium. Also, since the Consortium is starting to talk about working on a strategic plan for the consortium, he asked trustees to think about what direction they think the MLC might take that would benefit all the member libraries and their communities.

Advance Planning

Dennis Walker of Hoener Associates reported on his findings from a feasibility study of providing space for services specified in library’s strategic plan. Copies of the report were distributed to all trustees. A question and answer session followed the report.


There was no report from this committee.

Building and Grounds

There was no report from this committee.


Mr. Herdler reviewed the financial report and disbursements for April, 2007. Ms. Deleste made a motion that the financial report be approved as presented. Mr. Ruger seconded, and the report was approved.

Trustees studied a draft budget for Fiscal Year 2007-2008. Discussion mostly involved the methodology for estimating tax revenue in the next year. The concern was that certain necessary budget items – such as more money for library materials and an allocation to purchase badly-needed new public access computers – were reduced or eliminated due to an underestimation in revenue. In the end, they advised Mr. Cooper to refigure the estimated tax revenue based on the actual CPI figure, and to enhance those budget items accordingly. This budget will be reviewed and accepted in a special meeting to be called at a date yet to be named.

The trustees also approved a resolution to renew a line of credit with Cass Commercial Bank. At the same time, though, library staff is having discussions with US Bank, who may be able to offer a better interest rate. Considering this, Mr. Ruger moved that the Board Officers and Library Director be authorized to execute a line of credit at more favorable rates from a different lender. Ms. Birke seconded, and the motion passed.

Human Resource

The board went into closed session to discuss a human resources issue.


There was no report from this committee.

Old Business

There was no old business.

New Business

There was no new business.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

The next meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m.