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Library decision put on hold

Agreement would allow employees to use Human Resources Department

Josh Nichols

The Moffat County Library Board of Trustees wanted to hold a special meeting this week to consider adoption of a memorandum of understanding between it and the Moffat County Human Resources Department, but the decision might have to wait another couple of weeks.

The library board and county are pursuing an agreement in which the 22 employees of the three branches of the Moffat County Library would have access to the services of the Moffat County Human Resources director.

So far, board members have been unable to vote on the proposed agreement because of a lack of board members, but the county says a new board member has been named.

“We haven’t had a meeting because we haven’t been officially notified of having a new board member, and five board members is the state statute minimum,” said library board member Linda Booker.

Booker said she was unofficially notified by the county last week that a new board member had been named, but said no one, including Library Director Donna Watkins, had been officially notified of the appointment.

Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said Thursday that a new board member, Jeff Foster, had been named.

She admitted that no one with the library had yet been officially notified of the appointment, but said county staff has been instructed to send a formal letter.

Library board members should receive something in the mail within the next few days, she said.

“Hopefully they can have a meeting next week,” Raftopoulos said.

But Watkins said the decision might have to wait until the board’s official monthly meeting scheduled for Oct. 21.

Watkins said she is out of town Thursday and Friday of next

week and said it may be too short of notice to schedule a time when all board members can be present Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Whenever action is taken on the agreement, both library and county representatives hope the services of the human resources director will assist in disputes between library employees and their supervisors, and avoid situations like the one that occurred in a July library board meeting.

Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton came before the board with a list of several complaints brought to him by five library employees.

In one of the complaints read by Hampton, an unidentified employee stated that problems were not brought to the library board because the employee felt board members were unapproachable.

Since the meeting, two library board members resigned, leaving the board with four people.

The Moffat County Commissioners have already approved and signed a proposed agreement, but the library board has been unable to take action on the agreement because it one member short of the required five members needed to take an official vote.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.


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