East Alton Public Library District

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February 18, 2016



The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 6:04 p.m. by President Sally Hierman at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, J. Richie, J. Bricker, B. Werts, L. Silkwood and M. Funke. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. 7 present, 0 absent. Quorum established.










            Motion: Wiegand        Second: Funke                           Approve the minutes of the January 18, 2016 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Funke, aye; Werts, aye; Richie aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Silkwood, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent. Motion carried.





·         Thank you letter from Maury Reynolds

·         Confirmation of Submission of list of people required to file a Statement of Economic Interests





            Motion: Werts          Second: Funke                              Approve wages and expenditures as presented for February 2016.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Werts, aye; Funke, aye; Wiegand, aye; Bricker, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye; Silkwood, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent. Motion carried. 








1.      The “Statement of Economic Interest” form will be filed on-line this year. You will receive an email from the County Clerk’s office with a link to electronically file the form, sometime in March.

2.      In your board packet is the “Wood River Power Station Settlement Agreement,” aka Dynergy. This agreement is on the agenda as New Business.


3.      The District is in receipt of a Freedom of Information Request. This is a commercial request from a Florida company named Smart Procure. A similar request was received from them about six months ago. Darlene did her usual masterful job.


4.      Under New Business is the hiring of Kevin Buenuceso as a temporary employee until Natalie returns to her normal schedule. Kevin is a fast learner.


5.      Speaking of Natalie, she is currently workings 8 hours per week.


6.      The Illinois Heartland Library System has been given a budget proration of 42% for this fiscal year. The “plan” is to deplete reserves. Old budget: $3,400,700.32, New budget: $1,976,473.80


7.      The Patron Information Center is immensely popular. People stare at it transfixed.


8.      Income tax service is once again it’s normal success. The staff tries to stop at 2pm but they are usually able to leave close to 4pm.


9.      On February 11, 2016, I finally heard from the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Once again, I will be filling out forms. The first step is a position paper.


10.  A patron fell on the walkway on Monday, February 8, 2016, during the rush to be first on the Tax Preparation sign-up sheet. EMS was summoned. The woman refused to be taken to the hospital because she did not want to lose her place in line.


11.  Thanks to all who worked on the Valentine’s decorating.


12.  Our present East Alton history display has a theme of “schools.”


13.  The Book Club selection for February is: “At the Water’s Edge” by Sara Gruen. The bestselling author of “Water for Elephants.”



February 2016

Family movie night for December had 27 in attendance!  I’m so excited for having such a great turnout.  The popular “Minions” was shown.  Each child and adult received goody bags, candy, popcorn, and Christmas cookies.    It’s just a lot of fun when there is a great audience.  Next month the new movie “Hotel Transylvania 2” will be shown.  The first movie was so good; I hear that this one is good too.

Story time themes and coordinating crafts for December were making Mickey & Minnie Christmas ornaments, our traditional letters to Santa, miscellaneous Christmas ornaments, and gingerbread boy or girl puppets.  Various books read were about Mickey, Minnie, Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, and Gingerbread Boy, and Gingerbread Girl.  The Mickey and Minnie Christmas decorations have been a big hit!  Many favorable comments concerning the “Mickey” tree and all the Disney toys etc. in the display case.  Several people even wanted to purchase some of the items in the case!  Not happening, ha!

The SWAYS meeting in December was at the Glen Carbon Centennial Library. We saw a demo of their new 3-D printer.  Very expensive, and I guess it can be useful in some larger libraries. We had a book discussion on several older young adult books that the majority read. In addition to our meeting we enjoyed our annual Christmas potluck.  The SWAYS meeting in January will be at the O’Fallon Public Library.

Submitted by Maury Reynolds.










                     Motion: Funke          Second: Silkwood                              A          Approve the hiring of Kevin Buensuceso as a temporary employee at minimum wage beginning January 25, 2016.

Roll call vote: Funke, aye; Silkwood, aye; Werts, aye; Wiegand, aye;  Bricker, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.               Motion carried. 



                       Motion: Werts          Second: Funke                        

Approve the Wood River Power Station Settlement Agreement.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Werts, aye; Funke, aye; Silkwood, aye; Wiegand, aye;  Bricker, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.        Motion carried.      



ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:30 pm.