Edison Library Board Council Addresses Library Usage and Shared Services Agreements

The Edison Library Board, in its recent meeting, focused primarily on concerns regarding the usage of the Clara Barton Library and matters related to shared services agreements. The council members also discussed potential enhancements to the library facilities and services, as well as legal action concerning the payment of library funds from the township.

The meeting opened with a review of the minutes from the previous session and moved into a closed session to discuss contracts. Upon returning to open session, the council members shifted their attention to the Clara Barton Library. The library, they noted, was not being used as much as other branches. Members expressed concerns about the low circulation numbers and the need for better communication and policies regarding unattended children at the library.

The board proposed the introduction of more personnel and programs at the Clara Barton library to boost its usage. The potential increase in foot traffic, they suggested, could also be influenced by the construction of housing units near the library. The members further resolved to update and revise the meeting room policy, unattended children’s policy, and security camera policy, with all changes garnering approval.

The issue of shared services agreements also surfaced as a point of discussion. The board passed a resolution to retain special counsel for negotiations and any potential litigation with the township regarding the shared services agreement. This decision came in response to ongoing issues concerning the payment of library funds from the township, prompting the council to consider legal action.

The meeting concluded with a public comments segment, trustee comments, and well wishes for the holiday season. The members underscored the need for improved communication within the library system and reiterated their concerns about the Clara Barton Library’s circulation numbers.

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