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New Library Board member appointed

Feb. 19, 2013

Town of Lisbon - The Town Board appointed a successor for Emil Glodoski, former president of the Pauline Haass Library Board, on Feb. 12, shortly after Glodowski appeared at the meeting defending the Library Board's decision to seek legal action against the town.

Barbara Barnes is the new member of the Library Board.

Glodoski told the Town Board that a Notice of Claim filed by the Library Board against the Town Board was necessary to resolve a longstanding legal question over whether the town or the library should control 63 acres donated to the town for library purposes by the late Pauline Haass.

Last month, the Town Board voted to rescind Glodoski's appointment to the Library Board because,according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke, Glodowski had not acted in the best interests of the town.

Glodoski was one of three members appointed to the Library Board by the Town Board. The other two appointees, Supervisor Ryan Lippert and former Supervisor Robert Williams, voted against the Library Board seeking the legal action.

Gehrke recommended Barnes be appointed to replace Glodoski because he said she had shown an interest in the library by seeking a Library Board appointment in 2010.

"At that time, we had members in position that I was comfortable with," Gehrke explained.

He added that Barnes "understands our positions and the stands we (the Town Board) have taken in regards to the library."

"I am a nurse practitioner. I work full time. I am not involved in politics, but I love the library," Barnes said an interview after the board meeting.

Glodoski told the Town Board that the legal action was necessary because Gehrke has warned that the town may not extend beyond 2014 a joint funding agreement with the Village of Sussex.

Gehrke has said the town will not agree to a new funding formula unless the Village of Sussex is willing to pay a larger share of the library's expenses, since Sussex residents use the library more than Lisbon residents.

A negotiating committee spent 14 months working on agreement that increase Sussex's share of the library expenses, but Gehrke rejected the proposal.

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