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Call to Order: President Brissett called the meeting of the Duluth Library Board to order at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014. On a motion by Rosendahl, seconded by Katz, the agenda was approved. Discussion of the open meeting law was moved to the beginning of the meeting to accommodate guest Gunnar Johnson.
Members Present: Sandy Scheiber, Jane Brissett, Sister Edith Bogue, Virginia Katz, Dan D’Allaird, Megan Oswald, Matt Rosendahl, Frank Jewell
Also Present: Carla Powers, City Attorney Gunnar Johnson
Absent: Peter Spooner
Open Meeting Law QuestionsGunnar Johnson, the city attorney, reviewed questions the board had about open meeting laws given the citizen’s comments at the October meeting. As an advisory board who deals with the public, it is important that the library board makes its meetings accessible to the public.
If there is a concern or a question, Powers will contact the attorney’s office to get clarification.
Jewell moved that public comments must be limited to 5 minutes and to a specific item on the agenda. General comments will be at the front of the agenda and held to the same time limit. Motion was seconded and passed.
Minutes: October minutes will be revised to reflect attendee Bryan Olson’s comments and approved at the January meeting.
Friends of Duluth Public LibraryWritten report was reviewed. Let Carla know if you are able to volunteer at the book fair at Barnes and Noble.
Duluth Library FoundationWritten report was reviewed. Libations goal was 200, but only 40 to 50 tickets sold. With comp tickets given out, the guests totaled 100.
Manager’s ReportWritten report was reviewed. Carla added a report from the Seed Library regarding compliance with the law. A strategy meeting was held to decide how to proceed. Organizations working to change the seed law will be asking the council to pass a resolution in support of the seed library and gathering support to change the law. Carla will share dates of key 125th anniversary festivities for the board to come support them.
Main Library facility plan updateLatest meeting reviewed space studies, took a step back to look at the big picture again. The group looked at the four options again and want to steer away from option 1 (minor renovation). Public meeting is in the Green Room on Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Public will be able to comment on the four options, and can indicate which option would be preferred.
Liaison to Friends’ boardThe Friends are still seeking a link between the Friends and the board. Might be beneficial to see if a Friends member wants to join the Board in March when the next position opens up.
2015 budget updateNo update available. The council will vote on the 2015 budget at the Dec 15 meeting. Board support at the meeting is very appreciated.
News clipping folder was passed around. Brissett passed articles from the DNT articles and the Atlantic Online, among others.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:54 pm. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.