Monday, November 8, 2010

EMERGENCY...

meeting of the New Hartford Public Library Board of Trustees was called by Board President Mary DuRoss.

The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, November 9, 2010 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Sammon Room [downstairs] of the New Hartford Public Library. This meeting is open to the public!

Recently, two members of the Library Board of Trustees were replaced after failing to take their Oath of Office in a timely fashion. According to the NYS Library webpage [part of the NYS Education Dept.]:
The Public Officer's Law requires public officials to take and file an oath of office. This requirement is set forth in Public Officer's Law §10, which provides, in part that "[e]very officer shall take and file the oath of office required by law..." The oath to which public officers must affirm is set forth in Section I of Article XIII of the New York State Constitution
A public officer is required to file his or her oath of office within 30 days of commencing the term of office for which he or she is chosen, in the case of an elective office, or in the case of an appointive office, within thirty days after notice of his or her appointment or within 30 days after the commencement of such term. Public Officer's Law §30(1)(h).
After 30 days, if the appointees have not taken the Oath of Office, the office becomes vacant.

At last weeks town board meeting, the town board appointed John Kalil, Jr. and John Klein as Library Trustees to fill the vacancies of Earle Cunningham and Peter Rayhill.

See video below showing that portion of the November 3, 2010 town board meeting:



In calling for the meeting, Board President Mary DuRoss, stated that Earle Cunningham, one of the trustees who failed to file his Oath of Office, was the treasurer, therefore, the trustees will need to vote on a replacement treasurer at tomorrow night's meeting. Also, according to Mary DuRoss, President of the Library Board, Mr. Bonsted, a library trustee that was slated to serve until December 31, 2014, has tendered his resignation; that leaves a slot open for the trustees to fill since mid-term vacancies are filled by the Library Board and not the town.

Emergency? This is the time of year that new Library Board officers are selected by the trustees anyway. It was mentioned at the last library meeting that the slate of officers would be presented at the November meeting.

The question was also raised at that meeting whether or not a previous President of the Board could once again be voted to serve as President. This is an interesting question...what could be in the works?

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