[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Middletown 10-1-2012 by Ord. No. 1287. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance amended in its entirety former Ch. 37, Library, consisting of Art. I, Library Board, adopted 5-11-1964 by Ord. No. 465, approved 5-11-1964, and Art. II, Library Services Department, adopted 1-5-1987 by Ord. No. 937, approved 1-5-1987.
The authority to operate, maintain, and manage the affairs of the Middletown Public Library are hereby exclusively granted to and vested in the Library Board.
The Library Board shall be composed of seven members, whose terms shall be as follows: two members for terms of one year, two members for terms of two years, and three members for terms of three years. The Borough Council shall appoint all members to the Library Board and fill all vacancies by a majority vote. Appointments made under authority of this section shall be effective immediately upon appointment, but shall date from January 1, 1965, for the purpose of determining the date of expiration of their respective terms. All appointments to fill the places of those whose terms expire shall be for terms of three years. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired terms. No member of the Board shall receive any compensation or salary for his service as such.
The Library Board shall exercise the powers, duties, and obligations granted by this chapter in accordance with the Library Code of 1961, P.L. 324 (24 P.S. § 4101 et seq.), and regulations thereto. The Library Board shall have the power to adopt bylaws for the conduct of its own business and set policy for the Middletown Public Library not inconsistent with the Library Code.
Editor's Note: See now 24 Pa.C.S.A. § 9301 et seq.
Effective January 1, 2013, the Borough of Middletown shall cease to appropriate any monies for the operation, maintenance, and management of the Middletown Public Library, which thereafter shall be funded by donations; state funding, as may be available; funding from other sources that may be available from time to time; and such contributions as the Borough may make from time to time. All contributions and donations for the operation of the library shall be made to the Library Board, which shall establish an independent operating fund for the Middletown Public Library. Such funds shall be spent for library purposes at the direction of the Library Board and consistent with the Library Code.
The Library Services Department and the office of Director of Library Services are hereby eliminated, and Middletown Public Library shall no longer be operated as an executive department of the Borough of Middletown. The Middletown Public Library shall be operated independently by the Library Board, and the Borough of Middletown shall not be responsible for the operations or staffing of the Middletown Public Library or for the actions of the Library Board.
All physical properties of the Borough that heretofore have been essential to the operation of the Middletown Public Library and that have not been put to other use shall be assigned to the Library Board for library use.