09/26/11 Executive Session

MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF THE ZION-BENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT
September 26, 2011

The purpose of the Executive Session was:

  • To discuss litigation, when an action against, affecting or on behalf of the particular public body has been filed and is pending before a court or administrative tribunal.
  • To discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the Zion-Benton Public Library.

President Thomas Rich called the meeting to order at 6:36 p.m.

ROLL CALL: Present: George Andersson*, Jessica Keddy, Mary Martin, Dana McCarthy, Beverly Mull and Thomas Rich. Absent: Stephanie Smith. Staff present: Nann Blaine Hilyard, Tara Caldara, Susan Clark, Rosemary Kauth, Tom Jones. Visitors present: Stephen Miller (attorney with Robbins Schwartz Nicholas Lifton & Taylor Ltd.).

Mr. Andersson entered at 6:37 p.m.

Mr. Miller provided an update of pending litigation, stating that the case would go before a judge in Federal Court and that the three attorneys met with an assistant judge to discuss settlement. He stated that the plaintiff’s attorney (Loewy & Loewy) is noted for its civil rights work. He assured Trustees that both he and the attorney for the Zion Police Dept. have defended clients in cases where L&L has been the prosecutor. Miller said that ours is an unusual case because most of the incident is on video and audio. He stated that Mr. Jones handled himself very professionally throughout the entire incident.

Ms. Clark, Ms. Kauth, Mr. Jones and Mr. Miller were all excused at 6:56 p.m.

Ms. Caldara and Ms. Hilyard updated Trustees on Carol Cramer’s medical condition. There is a possibility that she will need additional surgery and recovery time. Ms. Caldara calculated Mrs. Cramer’s benefits and asked if her 2012 Time Off Benefits could be advanced to her so that she can use them in 2011, as needed. Trustees expressed concern over Mrs. Cramer’s condition.

The board reconvened in open session at 7:00 p.m.

Approved: October 25, 2011
Signed: /s/ Thomas Rich, President
Attest: /s/ Mary E. Martin, Secretary

Recording Secretary: Tara Caldara