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ACFL may eliminate life trustee position
BY SONJA BROBECK
For 100 years, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library (ACFL) in Carnegie has
operating under the direction of life trustees and members of the borough
During a special meeting called two weeks ago, the library board
petitioning Orphan's Court to eliminate the position of life trustee.
Although a vote was not taken, much discussion was had showing that
some many members were in favor of the change others were skeptical.
Al Falcioni, a member of the library Advisory Board, suggests the board
up terms in which people will run for if the life trustee position is
He also suggests placing a limit on the number of terms a person could
serve. After the limit was up, that person could become a "life member"
retaining all the rights of a regular board member except the right to
The state's philosophy on terms, according to Al Kemper, district
coordinator for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, is to have
three-year-terms in which there are no restrictions on the number of terms
a person may hold.
This proposed change may help the Chartiers Valley Partnership in its
to raise $5 million for the rehabilitation of the library and the
"Foundations frown on the term life trustees, it sounds like there is
turn over and no new ideas," said Allen Turske of the Chartiers Valley
Elizabeth Martin, board president, said there may be an advantage to
having life trustees. Many people look at the position as "forever" and
decide not to get involved, she said and added that the ACFL is one of the
last library boards in the area to have life trustees.
Another suggestions was hiring a full-time library manger who will
the building as well as find ways to utilize the building space.
This manger would "need to make it profitable, that's what a manager
Martin said a by-laws committee will be appointed to make a proposal of
what the board will propose to Orphan's Court. This vote should come up
again at a future meeting of the library board.