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Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors Held on
July 24, 2013

The continuation of the Annual Meeting of the Library Board of Directors of the Kanawha County Public Library was held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Dunbar.

The following Board Members were present:

  • Mr. M. Albert
  • Dr. K. Bailey
  • Dr. M. Foster
  • Ms. S. Haden
  • Ms. M. Hussell
  • Ms. B. Lord
  • Ms. C. Morgan
  • Ms. S. Poffenbarger
  • Mr. H. Reustle
  • Ms. A. Russell
  • Ms. A. Silbernagel
  • Mr. M. Smith
  • Mr. J. Withrow

Also present were Mr. Alan Engelbert, Director and Ms. Tricia Stringer, Administrative Coordinator.

In addition, the meeting was attended by a number of staff members, branch advisory board members, representatives from the WV Library Commission, Dr. Ron Duerring, and patrons.

Mr. Albert presided. The Director served as Secretary. The President reported that a quorum was present.

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Approval of Minutes. Upon motion duly made, seconded and adopted, the minutes of the July 5, 2013 meeting were approved as distributed to the Board.

Approval of Bills. In accordance with Bylaws and on motion duly made, seconded, and adopted, the payment of General Bills in the amount of $160,145.61 and the Book Bills in the amount of $37,827.71 were approved and transmitted for payment by the Library Director to the Board of Education of the County of Kanawha.

Approval of Bills – Special Funds. Special Funds. The Library Director submitted bills to be paid from Special Funds of $2,894.72 duly certified and approved in accordance with the Bylaws and on motion duly made, seconded, and adopted, it was ordered that the bills set out on the said list be paid.

Approval of Bills – Construction Fund. The Library Director submitted bills to be paid from the Construction Fund in the amount of $3,000.29 duly certified and approved in accordance with the Bylaws, and on motion duly made, seconded, and adopted, it was ordered that the bills set forth on the list be paid.

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ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM: Focused on the Future

Mr. Albert continued the Annual Meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance and thanking the Dunbar Branch for hosting the event. Mr. Albert also thanked the attendees for coming to the meeting and acknowledged and thanked all of the groups and individuals who are so critical to the Library and its efforts, including the KCPL Board, Foundation Board, the Friends Steering Committee, Branch Advisory Boards, Library Director Alan Engelbert, funding authorities, legislators and the Library staff.

Mr. Engelbert thanked the KCPL Board, thanked Mr. Albert for his many contributions to the Library as Board President, and thanked the library staff for the dedication and hard work they bring to serving the public. Mr. Engelbert continued with his presentation on "The Library and Its Services."

Mr. Engelbert introduced Dr. Ronald Duerring, Superintendent of Kanawha County Schools. Dr. Duerring spoke of the partnership with the libraries in Kanawha County and the combined focus of improving education going forward. He explained the factors that combined to cause deficits in funding that would be resolved by passage of the excess levy and plans for improving education in the County that the excess levy would make possible.

Mr. Albert followed by further discussing the upcoming excess levy election as it applies to the Library. The election affects fully 40% of tax support for the Kanawha County Public Library and will determine the future course of library service in this County. A group is forming to organize contributors and volunteers to work to pass the levy. The best way to help this cause is to volunteer your time. Details on the election and informational material will be distributed as they become available.

Upon completion of the presentation, everyone was invited to stay for refreshments provided by the Dunbar Branch Advisory Board and to tour the facility.

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