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Carnegie Library board has difficult time getting down to business
because of poor turnout
BY SONJA BROBECK
The lack of having a quorum has more often than not stopped the Andrew
Carnegie Free Library Board (ACFL) from getting its business done in a
For example, last Thursday night, the board held a special meeting to
on eliminating the life trustee position and a resolution that will help
the Chartiers Valley Partnership in raising money for the renovation of
This problem has the board considering the possibility of changing the
number of trustees or even making it so that only one member of borough
council need be in attendance at the meetings.
Board Secretary Glenn Walsh said he doesn't think the library by-laws
should be changed since they have worked fine for the past 100 years.
"Maybe our system is to blame, maybe we should try something
Elizabeth Martin, board president.
Although no votes were made last week, the resolution striking an
between the board and the partnership was discussed.
The resolution includes these specifications:
- The partnership will administer all funds raised during upcoming
- The partnership will inform the ACFL Board's representatives prior to
the initiation of each renovation phase. This includes sharing any
architectural drawings, blueprints, specifications, documents, grant
applications and other similar items related to renovation.
- The board agrees to permit the partnership to oversee and supervise
phases of renovation.
Martin suggested a fourth specification asking the partnership to allow
board to participate in the programs and activities in the building.
Concerned that things may happen that the board would not be in favor
Walsh asked that the board be able to sign off on an ideas before the
partnership go to foundations in search of funds.
"Once fund-raising is sought for a specific purpose, it has to be used
that," said Allen Turske, of the partnership.
Walsh is concerned the library's park will be turned into a parking
something he does not want
"(Foundations) are not going to give money to us unless we have all our
ducks in order," said Martin. "There will be a need for parking, you can