The Board of Library Trustees.

These are elected officials who have been authorized to oversee the daily operation of the Woods Memorial Library. They allegedly represent the public’s interest. With all the secretive, and this community journalist would assert illegal, talk that’s been taking place involving the Trustees, Barre Library Association, and Board of Selectmen concerning the possible lease or purchase of the library, it’s time to take a closer look at this skullduggery.

In 2012 selectmen would convene in executive session citing paragraph 6 of the Open Meeting Law, to consider the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real estate, if the chair declares that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the public body, ten times from April through December. Was every meeting specific to the library? Who knows since these “public officials” reveal very little of the public’s business with no complaints from the denizens of this Hole. But do note this:

Board of Library Trustees Minutes April 2012

Trustees “agreed by consensus” that discussions concerning the leasing of the Barre Library Association’s building to the Town of Barre “would continue in earnest” after the June Annual Town Meeting. Interesting. Records show selectmen met in executive session (Paragraph 6) on August 21st, September 4th, September 17th, September 25th, October 11th, October 15th, December 3rd, and December 17th. The Two, Five and Seven have also huddled outside the public’s view twice this year under Paragraph 6: January 15th and May 6th. They’re scheduled to do so again on May 13th.

The Board of Trustees, likewise, has been ducking into executive session under Paragraph 6 . How often? Who knows since this elected body has stopped filing minutes online as required by Wonderland’s bye-bye law. And this group appears to have a problem with putting such items on their agenda even when minutes are filed . Here’s the Trustees’ agenda for January 23, 2013:

A quaint, generic template of Nothingness.

Now here are the minutes of the January 23rd meeting:

At least the minutes were “respectfully”, if not honestly, submitted. The burden will be on these collective “public servants” to one day prove that there actually would have been a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the public body if these discussions had taken place publicly. Good luck! But this is how the public’s business is conducted down Here; It’s widely accepted and embraced. Nobody gives a damn. As a result, Lies and Perception paint this Reality. Wonderland 01005. One ^%$#! up Hole that’s on the verge of collapsing…

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