Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees

of the Bernards Township Library

February 9, 2011




President Tim Opremcak called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. in the Bernards Township Library Lower Level Conference Room.



In accordance with the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Law of 1975, notice of the meeting was posted on the bulletin board in the Reception Hall of the Municipal Building, Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge and the Bernards Township Library Public Notices bulletin board; was mailed to The Bernardsville News, Bernardsville; was filed with the Township Clerk; and was posted on both the Township’s website and the Library’s website.


3.     ROLL CALL

Present:  Lois Bloom, Paul Bryan, Rima Khalil, Mary Jane McNally, Tim Opremcak, Scott Spitzer, Tracy Redling, and Leslie Workman

Absent:  Erica Studness

Also Present:  Anne Meany



There was no public comment



MOTION 11-01 was made by Lois Bloom and seconded by Tracy Redling to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2010 meeting as written.  The motion carried unanimously.



·         MOTION 11-02 was made by Leslie Workman and seconded by Tracy Redling to nominate Tim Opremcak, President; Lois Bloom, Treasurer; and Mary Jane McNally, Secretary.  The motion passed unanimously.

·         Tim Opremcak proposed dropping Programming as an Ad Hoc Board committee.  He asked Tracy Redling to chair Technology and Website Development; Paul Bryan, Long Range Planning; and Leslie Workman, Advocacy.

·         The Board reviewed and approved the revised Board meeting calendar which moved the September meeting from September 28 to September 21.



·         Anne Meany reported that a recently hired part-time ILL employee resigned after three weeks to take a fulltime position.

·         Anne stated that the overtime pay policy has not changed

·         Anne will be going on vacation next week.

·         Suzan Globus, the designer of the repurposed Historical Room, wants a fee for the planning phase.  The Board advised Anne to look for second opinion.

·         The front column has been replaced by Lavi LLC.  Everyone is pleased with the final product.

·         Ryan McCloskey will manage all of the computers in the Library.  This should be more efficient than the previous arrangement where some computers were on the MAIN network and the others on the Township network.




A.    Treasurer/Finance—Lois Bloom

The Library’s budget allocation will drop in 2011 because the 1/3 mil valuation has gone down.  There are major increases in pension and medical expenses.  The Board needs to develop a three-year technology plan to satisfy requirements set forth in NJSA 40:54-15 governing transfer of excess library funds to the municipality.


            B.  Three-year Budget Plan—Lois Bloom

Included in the Treasurer’s report


C.   Friends of the Library Liaison—

The Friends will meet Saturday, February 19, 2010. 


D.   Land and Building—Rima Khalil

Included in the Director’s report.


E.   Legislation—Mary Jane McNally

Included in the Treasurer’s report


F.   Personnel—Tim Opremcak

Included in the Director’s report.


G.   Policy—Erica Studness

No report.


H.   Technology

Included in the Director’s report


I.    Township Committee Liaison—Scott Spitzer

No report




Leslie Workman reported on sessions she attended at the Trustee training session.



·         MOTION 11-03 was made by Lois Boom and seconded by Leslie Workman to adopt the following resolution in compliance with the “Public Contracts Law and Regulations” confirming contractual relationships with Baker & Taylor, Inc.; Recorded Books, Inc.; and Thomson Gale Group for the purchase of books and other library materials for more than $29,000 during 2011.  The motion passed unanimously.

·         MOTION 11-04 was made by Lois Bloom and seconded by Leslie Workman to offer two old computers to Fellowship Village.  The motion passed unanimously.

·         MOTION 11-05 was made by Leslie Workman and seconded by Tracy Redling to cancel the February 23, 2011 meeting.  The motion passed unanimously.




·         MOTION 11-06 was made by Lois Bloom and seconded by Rima Khalil to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

·         The next meeting of the Bernards Township Library Board of Trustees will be 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Library.