Governor Mike Pence opened his half-hour State of the State speech last night by saying Indiana has never been stronger. For more on this story, we go to WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh.
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The Monroe County Public Library has been awarded the Indiana Library Federation Programming Award. The Indiana Library Federation is a member-driven organization that promotes the professional growth of Indiana libraries and is made up of librarians, library staff, administrators and trustees. According to an Federation’s press release, the Monroe County Public Library won the 2014 Programming Award for its successful, creative, and contemporary program efforts. In particular, the library’s programming during Disability Awareness Month during March, 2014 was the culmination of two years of focused efforts by library staff and others to better serve those in the community with disabilities as well as their families and received honorable mention. In the library’s 2015-2017 Strategic Plan the library pledged to improve services to the underserved disabilities audience. This was an effort conducted in partnership with the City of Bloomington,The Indiana University Center for Disabilities and Community, The IU Health Bloomington Hospital Children’s Therapy Center, StoneBelt ARC and local disability services agencies. A working group of library staff, approved by the library trustees, was established to conduct research, collect feedback and make recommendations as to how to expand the library’s capacity to serve patrons with disabilities. They addressed such issues as physical barriers to the library, creating a web page focused on disabilities services, and coordinating staff development on such issues.
Maqube Reese introduces the new community campaign Within Our Lifetime, dedicated to ending racism. As the community organizer for WOL, Maqube explains how the start up is starting up and building a base of support – including volunteers for upcoming events in 2015! Also, Volunteer Connection offers opportunities to work for civil rights in our community.
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Though CO 2 emissions in the atmosphere continue to rise, Indiana’s senior politicians are working hard to resist any carbon restrictions by the environmental protection agency. Last week, the World Meteorological Organization released findings that the level of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year. The scientists from this U.N. advisory body also expressed surprise at their findings and fear of the consequent acceleration of global warming and attendant climate change. The report went on to note that concentrations of nearly all the major greenhouse gases reached historic highs in 2013, reflecting ever-rising emissions from automobiles and smokestacks but also a diminishing ability of the world’s oceans and plant life to soak up the excess carbon put into the atmosphere by humans.
Also last week, Indiana Governor Pence released a letter that he signed, along with 14 other state governors, addressed to President Obama asking him to veto new green house gas regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. These measures would reduce the permitted amount of green-house gas emissions from power plants. They are specially focused on coal burning plants which produce more CO2 than any other fuels. In order to comply, most older coal plants would have to undergo major upgrades, switch to cleaner fuels, or shut down. Governor Pence also dispatched Tom Easterley, the Commissioner of Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management, to tell the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce that the new EPA regulations would, qoute, cause significant harm to Hoosiers without providing any measurable offsetting benefits.
Meanwhile, Indiana’s Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly and Republican Senator Dan Coates, along with 50 other senators, published letters to similar affect. The Senators’ requested a 60-day extension of the public comment period on the EPA’s proposed rule. This extension would be on top of the current 120 day comment period. Senator Donnelly’s announcement states that this extension is, “critical to ensure that state regulatory agencies and other stakeholders have adequate time to fully analyze and comment on the proposal.” Senator Coates’ announcement is more direct, stating that the proposed rules will, “restructure our entire electricity sector, kill reliable coal power and raise energy prices.” In response to the bipartisan petitions the Obama administration added another 45 days of comment period. Meanwhile, global climate scientists think that the world’s oceans have reached their capacity to absorb carbon, which means that levels in the atmosphere will increase at an even faster pace.
“Secret shopper” companies can be legit — but can also be a nasty scam. Here’s the story of one local lady who has seen both kinds
Executive Committee Meeting
August 11, 2014
Present: Joe Estivill, Markus Lowe, Cleveland Dietz, Kelly Wherley (recorder).
- First order of business is to change the time of the meeting. We’ll be meeting at 6:15pm from here on out on the second Monday of the month.
- Second order of business is to establish that minutes have to be taken for all the board committee meetings. Board Secretary Kelly Wherley is taking care of it for the Executive Committee.
- Third order of business is the setting of the agenda. Cleveland distributed the July 28th BoD agenda and we discussed it. The chronology of some of the items was discussed. Reports will follow a President, Treasurer, GM chronology. Committee Reports will follow an Executive, Finance, and Policy chronology. Various facets of each remaining item and completion/report updates were stated and we adjusted the agenda accordingly. The August 25th, 2014 agenda is attached at the end of these minutes. The Ivy Tech Green Space discussions are progressing and a breakfast chat is going to take place on Tuesday, August 26th, at 8:30am. Cleveland is attending along with the Ivy Tech Chancellor and the Facilities Manager. Markus Lowe, even though it’s his birthday, is going to attend as well as a Board representative.
- New agenda items included Summary Reports from the News Summit. We’re looking at it from an operational and not a governance aspect, so whatever changes Alycin might enact, they don’t necessarily need Board approval, but it would be nice to know what some of the initiatives are. We’d also like Scott Hutchinson, the new Development Director, to come in and meet the Board. We’re only going to have one meeting before the Fall Fund Drive so Board participation on the fund drive is going to be included and we’re also going to discuss the quarterly meeting. Cleveland is going to ask members of the board to record individual pleas for fund-raising that would ostensibly air throughout the year.
- On the report front, we’re going to really push for Board members to read all the reports before the meeting. That will negate the need for a bunch of printed copies and allow for more time to discuss other board business. Board members will be allowed to ask any questions about the reports during the review process. Finance reports will include any narratives or explanations for any discrepancies in finances or other contingencies that are common from month to month.
- Cleveland motions to adjourn at 6:59pm and Markus seconds. Meeting adjourned.
WFHB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD AGENDA FOR AUGUST 25th, 2014
Hooker Conference Room, #245, City Hall
201 N. Morton St., Bloomington, IN
- CALL TO ORDER / ATTENDANCE OF BOARD MEMBERS
- REVIEW / APPROVAL OF MINUTES
- PRESIDENT’S REPORT
- TREASURER’S REPORT
- GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT REVIEW
- COMMITTEE REPORTS
- Executive Committee
- Finance Committee
- Policy Committee
- OLD BUSINESS
- Board of Directors’ Operations Manual
- CATS / News Department
- Status of Development Director
- Equipment Audit
- Guideline for making local purchases
- Marketing Committee Proposal
- Ivy Tech Green Space – Speakers
- NEW BUSINESS
- Cleveland Dietz application to Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County
- News Summit Report
- Development Director
- Quarterly Meeting
- Fund Drive
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