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Bylaws 01-27-17 Minutes


Friday, January 27, 2017 - Mahwah Public Library

Attendance:  Coughlin, Grover, Hadeler, Hamer, LoPinto, McGrail, McMahon, Trause


1.  Welcome - The meeting was called to order at 9:50 a.m. by Gerry McMahon.


2.  Review of 2017 charges:

  • Review By-Laws and recommend changes as necessary.
  • In collaboration with the Reciprocity Task Force, review issues related to unserved municipalities and individuals contracting for library services.
  • Define "BCCLS Services" as it relates to Bylaws and contracting for library services.
  • Review and propose mechanisms that would ensure member libraries and contracting municipalities meet requirements established by Bylaws.     


3.  Old Business:

        The committee continued discussion of necessary changes to Bylaws and identified sections that might require further updating, going over the changes proposed by the Chair.  Article I through Article IV were reviewed and proposed changes were outlined subsequently in the document BYLAWS COMMITTEE:  Recommended changes of January 27, 2017.

        Article II, Section 2 (Executive Board) and how we followed the provisions of this section (Election and Terms) with regards to the Executive Board elections conducted in September 2016 was reviewed.  Additional feedback from the Election Committee was also presented.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

4.  New Business:

        Updates on compliance/non-compliance issues were summarized by the Executive Director. 

         In conjunction with attorney feedback, a discussion began regarding definitions of what BCCLS Services should entail.  A tiered description of BCCLS Services was suggested but additional conversation was postponed until the next meeting of the Committee.

          Discussion began regarding the issue of pay cards and contracting libraries in conjunction with the application of Article I, Section 3 (Qualifications for Membership.)  Talks will remain ongoing.


5.  Next Meeting - Friday, February 10, 2017, 10 a.m.at the Mahwah Public Library


6.  Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m.


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