On Monday March 14, 2022 the Lawrence County Public Library had a regularly scheduled Board meeting at 5PM at the LC Library. The Board of Trustees present are Carlie Pelfrey Director, Jon Osborne, Susie Chambers, Kim Burchett, Marc Lester and Scott Osborne.
1. February 2022 Meeting Minutes-Approved Item, None Opposed.
2. January 2022 Financials- Approved Item, None Opposed.
3. Board Update-Carlie Pelfrey announced that Dan Miller from Miller Consulting Group in Scott County, Kentucky will be attending the Monday April 11, 2022 regularly scheduled board meeting.
4. Public Comment: LC Judge-Executive Phil Carter and LC Deputy-Judge Vince Doty attended last night’s board meeting.
Phil Carter — “…I would like to clarify my position concerning the Lawrence County Library. I am in no way anti-library, in fact I love public libraries and what they have to offer. Our County Library has wonderful programs and activities for children. The point we are trying to make is that the Fiscal Court along with myself think the Library could still operate and accomplish all it provides but with a lower tax rate comparable to that of the Extension Office or Health Department. We also believe with the amount of funds the Library has in its accounts they could be used to establish a small branch library in places such as Blaine and Fallsburg. The library might be able to form a partnership with the school system to accomplish this close to the Blaine or Fallsburg Schools. Unfortunately the kids in the rural parts of Lawrence County do not have the same access to the library as those that live in Louisa. We do believe that there is a good mix of qualified board members presently serving the LC Library Board, however we feel that the fiscal court should have some oversight when it comes to the taxes paid to the library by the citizens of Lawrence County. Senate Bill 167 will give this oversight to fiscal court’s throughout the State of Kentucky.”
Carlie Pelfrey stated that “Senate Bill 167 has caused several concerns because all SPGE’s (Special Purpose Governmental Entities) only address Public Libraries. These SPGE’s include Extension Offices and Health Department’s whose Boards are decided the same as the Public Library. (By Fiscal Court Judge-Executive) So this bill, if accountability is at stake here then all SPGE’s should operate the same way. This Senate Bill 167 single’s out Libraries. Library Boards were founded to be non-partisan, not formed with any affiliated political party. So when you have a County Judge- Executive to appoint your Board Members the non-partisan part goes out the window. “
Carlie Pelfrey went on to say, “We are founded on a free-exchange of information and communication- not as a favor to whoever is in office and that’s the biggest concern libraries have.” Pelfrey stated that it was “a disservice to the Lawrence County residents that the Library has $6 million in the bank and we are correcting this issue.”
Discussion continued with everyone and certain criteria on both sides of this issue was tabled until the next regularly scheduled LC Library Board Meeting on April 11, 2022. Meeting was adjourned.
The LC Library Board will have the next LC Public Library Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting on Monday April 11, 2022 at 5PM at the Library.