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November 15, 2012

Sanders wants library board out

Board president says she will not resign

Somerset —  

Barb Sanders, who has orchestrated a petition drive to dissolve the Pulaski County Public Library Taxing District, said yesterday her group will stop accumulating signatures under one condition — the current library board has to step aside and allow five new members to be appointed.
“The whole board needs to be revamped. And soon,” Sanders said. “We would drop our petition if they all resigned and a new ‘legal’ board was selected.”
Sanders contends the current library board is “not representative of the whole taxing district.”
“The board is made up of all city professionals, mostly lawyers — no housewives, farmers, nurses or average working people,” Sanders said. “There isn't a soul on that board who feels the pain of an average working person in the county.”
Elaine Wilson, who works at Somerset Community College, is the board president. Jack Mandt, an attorney, is the vice president. Glenn Shackelford, an attorney, is the secretary. David Durham, who owns an insurance company downtown, is the treasurer. Jerry Claunch, a banker, is the member at large.
“The library supporters think the library board is selected by elected county officials. It is not,” Sanders said. “(County Judge-executive Bart Bullock) has no input. They bring him two names that they have selected themselves and say ‘here, you must appoint them.’ As a formality, they run it by the state librarian first.
“This is not participation; it is autocratic.”
KRS 173.725 does call for the county judge to “attempt to assure, to the extent permitted by the county’s entitlement to board members, that the board includes members from different geographical areas, and from both cities and unincorporated areas of the county.”
However, even if there are some resignations from the board, the selection process to replace them would not change — the state librarian and commissioner would recommend persons “interested in the provision of library services and living in the county in which the vacancy occurred” to the county judge and fiscal court for approval.

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