Board of Library Trustees Meeting
March 3, 2009

7:00 p.m.


Medway Public Library


Attendees:

Trustees:

MaryAnn Cabibbo
Meena Jain, Vice Chair
William Roberts, Secretary
Chuck Rockwood
Wendy Rowe, Chair

Citizens:

Margaret Perkins, Assistant to Director, Medway Library

Medway Officials:

Dennis Crowley, Selectman
Richard Dunne, Selectman and our Library liason
Andy Espinosa, Selectman
John Foresto, Selectman
Suzanne Kennedy, Town Administrator
Glenn Trindade, Chairman of the Board of Selectman

Franklin Officials:

Jeff Nutting, Town Administrator
Felicia Oti, Library Director
Ken Wiedemann, Chairman of their Board of Library Directors
Cindy Dobrzynski, member of their Board of Library Directors

  1. Approval of agenda
  2. Motion to approve the agenda: MAC1, MJ2, unanimous

  3. Secretary's report
  4. Motion to approve February's minutes after a fix to the meeting date: MAC1, MJ2, passed unanimously

  5. Citizens Speak
  6. There were so many they deserve their own heading.

  7. Possible joint venture with Franklin - Jeff Nutting, Franklin Town Administrator and Felicia Oti, Franklin Library Director
  8. Jeff Nutting presented the proposal. In brief it is that the two library's share Franklin's Library Director. The hope is that this would be but a first step towards greater cooperation. If it works, we might look to sharing a Children's Librarian and more.

    Medway would contract for 16 hours of their Director's time.

    Many people, including Jeff Nutting, Felicia Oti, Glen Trindade, Suzanne Kennedy, Ken Wiedemann, and Rich Dunne, spoke on the need to change the way local government operates given the ever increasing cost pressures and the obvious inability to get more blood from the revenue stone. Regionalizing services (as Franklin and Medway are looking to do in the recreation and parks area) is a sensible way to spread costs while maintaining services.

    Medway Library Trustees MaryAnn and Wendy spoke about our concerns:

    The Medway Selectmen and Suzanne left for a budget meeting. Jeff and Felicia lingered to discuss the proposal further.

    Felicia's suggestions of what she thinks are sensible things for her to do for us include:

    Medway Library Trustees would need to approve any changes to these and be involved in the planning.

    We (or our Assistant to the Director to be precise) would manage our staff and perform the financial and salary tasks.

    They invited one and all to attend their next Library Board Of Director's meeting which is always the 4th Monday (the Secretary has a calendar and it informs him that this is the 23rd this month).

    After their departure there was some further discussion amongst the Trustees and Margaret.

  9. Budget Report
  10. Acting Director's Report
  11. Assistant to the Director's Report
  12. Old business
  13. New Business
  14. Fundraising
  15. Next Meeting Apr 7 2009

Motion to adjourn (9), MAC1, CR2, passed unanimously

Official Board of Selectmen minutes of tonight's meeting are available here.
A tape of this Trustee Meeting with the Selectmen was made and a transcript is available here.