By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — The Warsaw Community Public Library Board of Trustees discussed the library’s strategic plan draft during a meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.
WCPL Library Director Ann Zydek said she and other staff met with Lissa Krull, library strategist with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, for two half-day planning sessions. Krull is assisting the library with completing a five-year strategic plan for 2021 to 2025.
In the first meeting, the group identified the library’s key core values, created a shared vision statement for the library’s future and identified key strategic focal areas. At the second meeting, staff created goals and objectives that answer questions such as “What will the customer experience?” and “How will the community benefit?”
“I really liked how this was set out,” said WCPL Board President Chris Merrill to Zydek about the plan. “It was really obvious that you really engaged your staff. They really seemed to enjoy what they were doing.”
In other business, the board also held its annual public budget hearing. The proposed budget stands at a general fund of $3,510,000, with a budget estimate of $200,000 for the library’s rainy day fund, totaling $3,710,000.
During the regular session, the library board approved a resolution to reduce the 2020 budget. The resolution reduces the operating fund by $492,958 and the rainy day fund by $125,069.
The board also approved a declaration of fiscal body for the library. Warsaw Common Council is the fiscal body responsible for binding review and approval of the library’s budget when the conditions exist that require such binding review.
Zydek also told the board that $22,876 will be pulled from the library’s rainy day fund in order for the library to get a new compressor.
“We have a defective cylinder in our compressor and it was allowing liquid to get into an area which it should not have gone,” said Zydek.
The board’s next meeting is at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19.