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i lii|l Page Twelve N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, October 6, 2011 LIBRARY Following are the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary Board of Trustees Minutes for the Regular Meeting of August 8th, 2011. Roll Call: The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Tom Dunn, at 6:35 p.m. Andrea Johnson, Tom Dunn, Oiana Duffy, Donna Kitterman and Dick Schreiber were present. Laura Greiner and Jordyn Hill were not in attendance. Library Di- rector Holly Karlen was present. Guests: There were no guests. Review and Change Agenda: Tom Dunn asked for a technology discas- sion item to be added to New Business along with a discussion of proposing an open house in the fall to introduce our new Li- brary Director. These two items were added with a motion from Andrea Johnson and a second from Dick Schreiber, with the Board approving the addi- tions. Review of Last Meet- ings Minutes: Andrea Johnson made the motion to accept the July's Trustee's minutes as writ- ten, Diana Duffy sec- onded, and the motion passed. Pay the Bills: Director Karlen circulated a slip of paper called the 'Bill Bal- lot' for each trustee to mark their decision on whether to pay the submit- ted bills or not. This was completed with all trust- ees present approving the payment of the bills. Director's Report: Di- rector Holly Karlen re- ported that 114 new pa- trons joined the Library during July with 12,067 items circulated and surer Andrea Johnson re- ported the budget is new however on track for the first month. The Summer Reading Program was a success and Director Karlen will pub- lish an article in the North Warren County News giv- ing the impressive staffs- tics. New Business: Chair- person Dunn welcomed Holly Karlen to the new Director position and to her first Trustee Meeting on her first day on the job. She commented on being pleased to be here and looked forward to the challenges ahead. Tom Dunn wanted the Board's opinion on pur- chasing a laptop for the new Director for conve- nience and efficiency for performing her duties at City Council Meetings for budget matters and taking the programs to the schools. An iPad was men- tioned for Children's Li- brarian Annette Clark for children's music programs and scheduling her many children activities with daycare providers. Chair- person Dunn asked the Director to provide to a vote with the Board. The Board did agree on pro- riding the necessary tech- nology tools for their jobs and was in favor of the proposal however wanted cost projections of what the costs were. A discussion was held on the "Tumble Book" program and trustees were trying to determine the password for accessing the features. Director Karlen will be researching that request and emailing the answer. Chairperson Tom Dunn wanted to thank the entire Library staff for doing a MINUTES ........ were read and approved at the September 12th regu- lar Library Board meeting. Andrea Johnson made the motion and Laura Greiner seconded. Minutes are respect- fully submitted by Dick Schreiber, Secretary for the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary Board of Trustees on September 20th, 2011. /s/Dick Schreiber, Secretary, Sept. 20, 2011 Governors Traffic Safety Bureau In 2010, there were 67 alcohol-related traffic deaths in Iowa leaving families and friends griev- ing for these unnecessary collisions that could have been prevented. In the last five years, a total of 455 lives have been lost due to alcohol-related traffic crashes in Iowa. The Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is passionate about lowering the amount of alcohol-related fatalities and injuries. You can do your part too in helping keep Iowans safe through placing the enclosed pub- lic service announcement created by GTSB in your publication. The PSA is aimed at encouraging young adults to make smart decisions while drinking akohol and not let friends drive drunk. There'sno doubt about it - if intoxicated Iowans did not get behind the wheel, our roadways would be safer, friends and family members would not have lost a loved one and 86 more in- dividuals each year would still be alive. Please help GTSB re- mind young adults to do whatever it takes to not let 14,500 visito~ dung the -wonderful job operating month, and maintaining the Li- The Director mentioned the Summer Reading Pro- gram being wrapped up last weekend with the teen pizza and pool party on Friday, August 5th. We had 17 teens show up. Sat- urday (August 6th) saw an end to the kids' Summer Reading program with their pool party. Overall we had 990 total partici- pants for the 2011 Summer brary without a director for the time it took to find Director Karlen. Annette Clark is also being thanked for taking over the Direc- tor responsibilities in ad- dition to her own for that interim period (during the Summer Reading Pro- gram). A Staff Apprecia- tion Dinner was planned for September 12th to ac- knowledge their hard friends drive drunk by placing this PSA in your publication. Your efforts are appreciated and will lead to keeping Iowans safe on the road. ~T (NAPg)--You earl jazz up everyday meals with sea- sonal fruits and vegetables. For fresh ideas and recipes, visit Whole Foods Market at www.wholefoodsmarket.com." Reading Program. This has been the most successful Summer Reading Program in many years. The Children's Librar- ian Annette Clark and Di- rector Karlen are brain- storming ideas for the Pa- tron Appreciation event later this f~ll. This will be tentatively scheduled for October 1st or 2nd with Board input On activities, budget and funding. Fes- tival sponsors are being considered for helping with providing treats. This is Director Karlen's first day on the job. Old Business: Trea- work and dedication to the Library. The meal will be \,. Supplied by the Library - .~ Board members and all Li- brary staff is encouraged to attend and partake. Adjournment: Chair- person Tom Dunn seeing no further items for dis- cussion requested a mo- tion for adjournment, Diana Duffy motioned for adjournment and Donna Kitterman seconded. The motion passed and Chair- person Dunn called the meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m. ................................... The above minutes A recipe collection made with canola oil and an inter- active game promoting heart health are available at www.CanolaInfo.org and Facebook.com/CanolaInfo, respectively, as of Septem- ber 1, 2011. Canola has the least saturated fat of all cook- ing oils. UNIO : ACIFIC RAILROAD URGES HUNTERS NOT TO HUNT ON OR NEAR TRACKS Union Pacific Railroad urges hunters to resist the temptation to hunt on rail- road property this season. Wildlife will migrate and feed along the edges of freshly harvested fields, making these areas prime hunting spots. With many fields adjncent to Union Pacific tracks, hunters find it very tempting to hunt on or near the tracks. "Too many people have been injured or killed tres- passing on railroad prop- erty over the years. As part of our UP CARES initia- tive, we want to remind hunters that walking on or near railroad tracks is ex- tremely dangerous be- cause you never know when a train will come along," said Dennis Jenson, Union Pacific as- People who enter" rail- a fuel-efficient, environ- road property can be ar- mentally friendly and safe rested for violating tres- mode of freight transpor- passing laws. They could tation. Union Pacific's di- serve jail time and/or have versified business mix in- to pay a fine. Do not be- cludes Agricultural Prod- come a statistic; stay away ucts, Automotive, Chemi- from railroad tracks dur- cals, Energy, Industrial ing this hunting season. Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific Corpora- The railroad emphasizes tion owns one of America's excellent customer service leading transportation and offers competitive companies. Its principal routes from all major West operating company, Union Coast and Gulf Coast ports Pacific Railroad, links 23 to eastern gateways. states in the western two- Union Pacific connects thirds of the country, with Canada's rail systems Union Pacific serves many and is the only railroad of the fastest-growing U.S. serving all six major gate- population centers and ways to Mexico. provides Americans with Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us sistant vice president-chief of police. Alternative Licensing Child Abuse Prevention '"It can take a mile or of Teachers Task Force September 29. more to stop a train, and, Apparently one of the I was surprised to learn by the time a locomotive proposals for education that reported incidents of engineer sees you On the reform that will be offered child sexual abuse have track, it is too late to stop," by the Governor this fall gone down over the last 20 said Dale Bray, Union Pa- will be a plan for alterna- years I wonder if one rea- cific director - publictire licensing of teachers, son is that those convicted safety. The proposal reminded are serving longer prison "Locomotives and rail me of a friend who taught sentences and are no cars overh.angthe tracks by for a number of years at longer on the street. at least three feet on either Central College in Pella, *** side of the rail. If you are pointing out that he couldConcerns about too close to the tracks, you not teach in a high school. State Revenue can be hit by the locomo- To overcome the shortage The legislature has a bi- rive or a rail car," added of teachers in certain sub- partisan Fiscal Committee Bray. jects, the proposal would made up of five Republi- Union Pacific is corn- allow persons with years cans and five Democrats. It mitted t public safetyof experience in the subject had not met sin-ce 2007! through various outreach area to teach math, chem- Some claim the reason was channels such as commu-istry, physics, biology or to avoid drawing attention nity events, media, Union music for three years. To to tho poor budg0t l adi Pacific Railroad police, qualify a person would be tices the legislature was employee resource groups required to have a bacca- engaging in. The purpose and Operation Lifesaver. laureate degree from an of the committee is to re- The UP CARES (Union. accredited institution with ceive information on pro- Pacific Crossing Accident at least a 2.5 grade point jected state revenue for the Reduction Education andaverage, have at least five fiscal year. Wednesday, Safety) public safety initia- years work experience in Sept. 14, the Fiscal Com- tive brings together com- the subject area, meet the mittee of the Iowa Legis- munifies in a collaborative subject matter coursework lature met. I am concerned and caring effort to pro- requirements for the area to learn that current state mote railroad grade cross- in which they will teach revenue is lower that ear- ing and pedestrian safety, and undergo a criminallier estimates. Revenue for UP CARES activities in-background check. The fiscal 2012 which began clude: school must show that July 1, 2011, is running at Grade crossing enforce- they have exhaus[ed other about 1.4% over 2011. The ment with local, countyoptions. The non-tradi- original estimate by the and state law enforcement tional teacher must un- Legislative Service Bureau agencies; ~ dergo training in teachin, g was an increase of 2.7%. Safety trains that provide skills during the three year You may remember that local officials a firsthand period, the senate leaders com- look at what locomotive The proposal could beplaiI~ed that we were not engineers see daily while enacted into law by the spending enough in light they operate trains through legislature, but another al- of the projected revenue a community and ternative is for the Board for fiscal 2012. Fortunatel3~ Communication blitzes of Educational Examiners we in the House insisted that educate the commu- to implement the plan by on fiscal restraint, so if rev- nity at events or media rule pursuant to Iowaenue receipts do not come outreach. Code Section 272.2, which up to expectations, we will Hunters are not the appears to authorize such be able to avoid a deficit. only ones drawn to rail- a process. The ISEA op- You will recall that we road tracks - hikers, bik- poses the plan arguing that stopped the previous prac- ers, fishermen and snow- it would allow persons tices of using one-time mobilers are, as well.into the classroom who money to pay for ongoing Anyone choosing to would not know how toexpenses and underfund- walk on or near railroad teach high school sfudents, ing entitlements and tracks could face a tragic I will be interested to school aid. This should consequence. Last year, what recommendations enable us to weather any 442 people died and 388 for education reform will shortfall in revenue for the were injured while tres- come from the Governor current year. passing on railroad prop- later this fall. Special Senate Election erty throughout the Iowa Child Abuse You have no doubt United States according to Prevention Task Forceheard by now that there the Federal Railroad Ad- I attended my first ministration, meeting with the Iowa Concluded p.13