Library board members to resubmit appointment letters

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TELL CITY – Board members would have to resubmit letters to their appointing bodies, Library Board Director John Mundy explained at the Perry County Public Library board meeting Nov. 7.

The library will become a new entity Jan. 1, and the board will go back to seven members appointed by the county commissioners, the county council and the Tell City-Troy Township, Perry Central and Cannelton school boards.

“I talked to the very confused appointing bodies … what I was told wasthey like to have an actual letter from the person who wants to be appointed,” he explained.

The commissioners appoint two board members, which Regina Schaefer and Jane Land would submit for. The News reported Nov. 12, Land was approved by the commissioners to finish out the term of David Carney, who resigned last month.

Colleen Smith and Steve Upmeyer would submit for the two appointments made by the county council and Regina Parker and Tony Collignon’s letters would go to Tell City-Troy Township school board for appointment.

Frank Mafia would submit for the final appointment, which is made by both the Perry Central and Cannelton school boards.

The board also approved to amend four changes to the bylaws. The first, Mundy explained, is to change all references of the library to Perry County Public Library. The second was to include language that showed all of Perry County would be one taxed library district.

The third change was to state any board member “absence from six consecutive meetings for any other cause than illness” will be considered resigned from the library board. This change, Mundy said, was to bring the bylaw into conformity with state law. The final change was to state one board member would be appointed jointly by the Perry Central and Cannelton school boards.

All members approved the changes.

Other Business

Mundy told members about the online auction for the library’s former bookmobile. The auction ran from Oct. 29 to Nov. 10 and at the time of the meeting, the largest bid was just over $1,300.

“I advertised it just about everywhere,” he said. “I had a call from South Carolina, a director out there who was in desperate need for a (bookmobile).”

The board also approved the meeting schedule for 2013. Members will continue to meet at 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Tell City branch. The also adopted the library’s holiday schedule.