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November 15, 2012

Sanders wants library board out

Board president says she will not resign


Somerset —

All members currently serving on the library board were ultimately approved by Pulaski Fiscal Court.
For one, Wilson said she would not resign from her post — even if it meant the library would shut down.
“I would stick it out, because I believe there is enough support from people who support the library and what it stands for,” she said. “As long as we’re going to provide the kind of services that all people in the community need, then I will stay and see that out as long as it’s necessary to do that.”
Wilson has already served one four-year term — as well as time on the advisory committee, a necessary qualification for being on the board — and was appointed this year to another term. When asked if she would resign, she laughed and said that would be her “first reaction” to that notion.
“I’m not resigning,” she said. “I believe that I was appointed for a reason. I’m supported by a lot of people in the community.”
Wilson also rejected the notion that the board isn’t diverse enough geographically or socioeconomically.
“I’ve worked at (Somerset Community College); I do live downtown but that helps me with my responsibilities with the school board,” she said, noting that Mandt was the only other board member to live close to the center of town. “We’ve got people on the board who live in lots of places in the community.
“I would like to know what makes them (the petitioners) think they know what people’s socioeconomic circumstances are,” she added. “I don’t think we have wealthy people on the board, but maybe they know something I don’t. I know I’m certainly not wealthy.”
Wilson vigorously defended the board’s record of aiming for fiscal responsibility, saying that in her time on it, they’ve paid close attention to “every penny that’s spent,” and have had to encourage some hard decisions at times.

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