[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Orange 5-21-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Orange Public Library Incorporated, which was created in 1955 as a non-stock corporation organized under the laws of the State of Connecticut, contemplates dissolution and has offered to transfer its total assets subject to its liabilities to the Town of Orange, to enable the town after the date of transfer to own and operate the public library. It is the purpose of this chapter to establish the requisite legal authority for the town to acquire, own and operate the public library and to create a Library Commission to manage the library at the direction of the Board of Selectmen.
The assets of the Orange Public Library Incorporated are accepted by the town effective as of the date of transfer. In consideration thereof, the town shall assume the liabilities of the Orange Public Library Incorporated as of the date of transfer.
On and after the date of transfer, there shall be a public library owned and operated by the town, with such suitable rooms or buildings as may be necessary for such library. Such library shall be for the use of the inhabitants of Orange under such regulations as the Board of Selectmen may prescribe.
There is hereby established a Library Commission of the Town of Orange. The Library Commission is authorized to operate the public library, to administer its programs, and to manage its facilities, all at the direction of the Board of Selectmen. The Library Commission currently consists of 14 members with eight terms scheduled to terminate on December 3, 2015, and six terms scheduled to terminate on December 7, 2017. Currently, there are three vacancies which remain unfilled. Two of the vacancies relate to terms ending on December 3, 2015, and one vacancy relates to a term ending on December 7, 2017. Upon the passage of this section, the number of members on the Library Commission shall be reduced to 11 members, thereby immediately eliminating two commissioner positions with terms ending on December 3, 2015, and one commissioner position with a term ending on December 7, 2017. Thereafter, upon the expiration of the eight terms ending on December 3, 2015, the number of members on the Library Commission shall be reduced to nine members. At the expiration of the term of office of each Commission member, his or her successor shall be appointed by the First Selectman, subject to Section 3.8 of the Orange Charter, to serve a term of four years. Vacancies shall be filled in accordance with Section 4.4 of the Orange Charter. Minority representation of the Commission shall be in conformity with the provisions of Section 9-167a of the Connecticut General Statutes.
The Library Commission of the Town of Orange is hereby renamed and to be forever known as Case Memorial Library Commission.
The First Selectman is hereby authorized to take any and all action and execute any and all documents necessary to effectuate the acquisition of assets, assumption of liabilities, and undertaking of responsibility for management of the library as provided above.