Town of Dedham, MA
Norfolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Dedham as Ch. 11 of the 1996 By-laws; amended 11-18-2013 STM by Art. 16. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees of the Dedham Public Library shall consist of five members who shall have custody and management of the running of the Library.
Regular meetings of the Board shall be held on days designated by the Trustees in April, June, September and December in each year, or at such other times as the Trustees may vote. Special Meetings may be called at the request of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees or of any two Trustees.
At the regular meeting in May, the Board of Trustees shall choose from their number, by ballot, a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and a Secretary. The Board of Trustees shall also appoint a Library Director who shall be responsible for the management of the Library under the direction of the Trustees.
[Amended 11-17-2014 ATM by Art. 18]
The Board of Trustees shall have charge of the Library's books of account, and shall safely invest and reinvest all funds held for the use of the Library in sound securities and vary investments according to their discretion; provided, that said Board shall not invest the same in any securities not generally considered acceptable by the Commonwealth for the investment of funds by Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall also have charge of the preparation of an annual budget for presentation to the Town Manager. All orders on the Treasurer-Collector for payments for the Library purposes shall be countersigned by at least three members of the Board of Trustees.
The Treasurer-Collector shall have custody of the securities and funds of the Library and shall make payments from income thereof and from other funds available for Library purposes according to appropriations made by the Town for Library purposes.
Mortgages in which the Library Fund may have been invested shall, on payment thereof, be discharged by the Treasurer-Collector in the name of the Town, and transfers of mortgages, bonds, or other securities, and all evidences of indebtedness, shall be made by the Treasurer-Collector, all as provided in § 57-7 of these by-laws. All such transfers and conveyances shall be countersigned by at least a majority of the Board of Library Trustees.
[Amended 11-17-2014 ATM by Art. 18]
The Library Director shall be responsible for: hiring and termination of Library staff, with the approval of the Town Manager, setting policy for staff and for approving job descriptions.
[Amended 11-17-2014 ATM by Art. 18]
The Board of Trustees shall no later than 10 days after the close of each fiscal year, at the request of the Town Manager, or on such other date as may be required by statute, charter or by-laws, prepare, approve and submit to the Selectmen a report and recommendations as required by §§ 39-10 and 78-6 of these By-laws.