May 23, 2008

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Webster Groves Public Library was held at 6:30 p.m. on May 23, 2008. President Jon Furst presided, and Library Director Tom Cooper kept the minutes. Present: Library Board Trustees Pete Ruger, Tom Reedy, Christine Krueger, Stacy Deleste, Liz Walsh, Angela Birke, Bob Herdler; City Council Liaison Jeanne Kirkton; Friends Board Members Debbie Ladd, Cricket Vandover, Mary Garavaglia and Nancy Hiatt.

This meeting was held at the home of trustee Christine Krueger, and served the dual purpose of honoring the long Library Board service of Jon Furst, who has been a trustee since May, 1998, and President of the Board since 2004.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:27.

Public Agenda

There was no public agenda.

Minutes of the April 16, 2008 Meeting

Mr. Ruger noted a misspelling on page 3 of the minutes. He then moved to accept the minutes as amended, Ms. Birke seconded, and the minutes were approved.


There was no correspondence.

Presidentís Report

Mr. Furst thanked the Friends for all their hard work in putting together and running the annual Book Fair for the benefit of the library. Mr. Ruger also asked that the minutes reflect the Library Boardís appreciation for all their hard work and dedication to projects that benefit the library.

Librarianís Report

Mr. Cooper thanked Mr. Furst for being a good, involved Library Board President, who had been of great help as he took over as director.

Advanced Planning

Ms. Krueger presented the Recommendations for Building Expansion/Renovation, which had been voted on by the Advance Planning Committee late in April. There was some discussion. Mr. Furst noted that the first sentence under recommendation #1 could be read two different ways, and could perhaps be revised. Mr. Herdler asked the board to think about strategies to engage and involve members of the community who may oppose our plans to renovate the library.

Ms. Deleste moved to accept the Recommendations as presented, Mr. Herdler seconded, and the recommendations were accepted. Mr. Cooper will communicate with Susan Pruchnicki of Bond Wolfe Architects, so she can proceed with a capital and operations budget study.


There will be an upgrade to the Libraryís ILS system on Wednesday, June 4th. The system will be down for much of the day.

Building and Grounds

There was no report from this committee.


Mr. Herdler reviewed the financial report and disbursements for April, 2008. Mr. Reedy made a motion that the financial report be approved as presented. Ms. Walsh seconded, and the report was approved.

Mr. Cooper presented the draft budget for fiscal year 2008-2009. Ms. Deleste moved to approve the budget as presented, Ms. Krueger seconded, and the budget was approved.

The budget needs to be presented to the City Council on June 17th at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Reedy and Mr. Herdler said they would attend the presentation.

The line of credit with Cass Commercial Bank needs to be renewed. Ms. Walsh moved to renew the line of credit, Mr. Ruger seconded, and the motion passed.

Human Resource

There was no presentation from this committee.


There was no report from this committee.

Old Business

There was no old business.

New Business

The board reviewed a bid from C.J. Thomas Company to provide Directorís & Officers Insurance and Employee Liability Practices insurance. Ms. Birke moved to accept the bid, Ms. Deleste seconded, and the bid was accepted.

Ms. Kirkton presented Mr. Furst with a plaque from Mayor Gerry Welch, thanking him for his long service on the library board.

On behalf of the rest of the board, Mr. Ruger thanked Mr. Furst for his service, and presented a donation from the trustees to the Friends of the Library in his name.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

The next meeting of the Libraryís Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, June 18th at 7 p.m.