On Wednesday, February 10, three of the four appointed Westhampton Free Library trustees interviewed three candidates for the trustee position (positions?, we can have up to seven trustees per the library’s charter amendment posted on its website). One candidate was contacted by the board in December and was asked to submit an application to the private club governing our taxpayer funded institution. Let’s see if he is the one selected. There is a Special Board Meeting this upcoming Tuesday, February 16, at 9:30 am, and perhaps Trustee Appointment(s) is on the agenda.
Though taxpayers have been asking for an elected board since August 2015, three trustees were appointed by Joan Levan and her Board before she and two other trustees resigned from the Board on October 30, 2015. It’s February 2016, and the Board is still making appointments seemingly with no care or respect for the taxpayers who want to elect the trustees, who want to hear what the candidates have to say and how they plan to serve and better our community library.
We want trustees who will vote to amend the bylaws of the library to allow for trustee elections, for example.
Two trustees’ “terms” are up in July 2016. “Terms” is in quotation marks because at the time of “term expiration” the trustees simply re-assign themselves to different Board positions. Besides no elections, there are no term limits for trustees at our library either.
This is nothing personal. The present trustees are free to run for election and may very well win. Until there are elections for the Board of Trustees of the Westhampton Free Library, we will VOTE NO for the upcoming library budget.