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LIBRARY BOARD NOMINATIONS REJECTED BY LC FISCAL COURT…
By Susan Salyer
On Monday July 10, 2023 The Lawrence County Public Library had a Regular Board Meeting at 5PM at the Lawrence County Public Library, 102 W Main Street, Louisa, Kentucky. Director Carlie Pelfrey was in attendance along with Library Trustees VP Susie Chambers, Treasurer Kim Burchett and Marc Lester. Secretary Scott Osborn was absent. Others present were former trustee John Osborne, Katie Webb, George Oberlick, Deena Meade, and Caleb Farley.
At the beginning of the Library Board Meeting, John Osborne (Acting President of the Library Board), said, “I will lead the meeting tonight, but I will not vote on any item on the agenda, I just want to be transparent.”
So that’s where the limbo starts.
John Osborne stepped down as President of the Library Board as of June 30, 2023 which was the end of his term. Names of nominees for Library Board were sent to KDLA (Kentucky Department Libraries and Archives) in June 2023, last month. KDLA responded to Director Carlie Pelfrey last week that the LC Fiscal Court rejected both nominees.
Pelfrey said she was only notified by KDLA and never contacted by anyone from the fiscal court. But Deputy judge Vince Doty said the court did send Ms. Pelfrey word that they rejected both George Oberlick and Sarah Roe and asked for new nominees.
“We are attempting to go by the new law (SENATE BILL 167) which says the court shall have final say on new members to the board,” Doty said. “He also said the fiscal court must vote to approve the library budget in August.
Doty said he “didn’t know” why the Library board continues to attempt to choose the new member when it clearly falls under the fiscal court’s venue.
The library will now have 30 days to send KDLA the new picks for Library Trustee.
The LIBRARY STAFF reached out to LC Judge Phillip L. Carter and LC Deputy Judge Vince Doty on July 10, 2023 but no response has been given yet, so the Library Trustees nominated three persons which will be sent to KDLA and two of the names will be forwarded to the LC Fiscal Court for a second attempt to get a new member approved. The nominations are:
1. Lenny Collins
2. Steve Bradley
3. William Spradlin
PELFREY WANTS TO HIRE JANITOR FOR LIBRARY
Director Carlie Pelfrey stated that a business that bid on the cleaning of the library was hired. Turns out the business didn’t have enough workers to clean the library. Pelfrey said, “I want to hire someone as library staff to do custodial work. That person would clean 3 hours in the evenings.” Currently the library staff cleans the last 2 hours of their shift. Also the Library Program Assistant will be moved from a part-time to a full-time position due to work schedule, Pelfrey said.
FUNDING FOR FEEDING RUNNING SHORT
Due to the overwhelming amount of lunches and snacks given out at the LC Library Feeding Program, library officials are asking for the community to step up and help the library out and continue feeding the community. Funding is in place if your church or business want to have a feeding program like the library to reach everyone in Lawrence County!
IMAGINE–A DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY IN LAWRENCE COUNTY!
Katie Webb, Chief Academic Officer of Lawrence County Kentucky Schools was at the Library Board meeting to discuss “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library” and request the library to co-sponsor with the Lawrence County Schools or commit a dollar amount to help with the work with Dolly Parton and her love for young children to receive up to 60 books by Kindergarten.
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July 10, 2023 Board Update
June 2023 Door Count: 14,145
June 2023 Hot Meals: 7,055 (June 2022: 1,281)
June 2023 Snack Bags: 6,748 (June 2022: 3,291)
Served food 22 total days June 2023 and June 2022.
June 2023 Outreach: 1,194 Hot Meals 1,341 Snack Bags
June 2023 In-House: 5,861 Hot Meals 5,407 Snack Bags
June 2023 Programs
June 2023 In-House: 116 Programs 14,714 Attendance
June 2023 Outreach: 185 Programs 4,080 Attendance
• June 2023 Total Programs: 301 Attendance: 18,794
• June 2023 Book Giveaways: 965 (Story Hour, Lobby Table, Outreach)
1. June 2023 Minutes – Motion by Susie Chambers 2nd by Marc Lester. None Opposed.
2. May 2023 Financials – Motion by Kim Burchett 2nd by Marc Lester. None Opposed.
3. Program Assistant to Full Time – Motion by Susie Chambers 2nd by Marc Lester. None Opposed.
4. Trustee Submissions – Motion by Kim Burchett 2nd by Marc Lester. None Opposed.
5. Cleaning RFPs – Discussion over cleaning of the library.
6. Board Update – Director Pelfrey gave handouts to everyone for Board Update.
7. Public Comment – None
8. Adjourn – Motion by Susie Chambers 2nd by Kim Burchett.
The next Lawrence County Board of Trustees will be on Monday August 14, 2023 at the Lawrence County Library at 5PM, 102 W Main Street, Louisa, Kentucky.
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