Jury to appoint two Library Board members

Two veteran members of the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control will term out within the next few weeks and appointments to those slots will be made, it was announced at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

Augusta Clark, who represents the Grambling area, and Charles Penuell who represents the Choudrant area, have served on the board since 2010 and 2007, respectively.

Said Jury Administrator Doug Postel, “We have two library board vacancies that are about to come up next month. I want you to be aware those vacancies will be voted on next month.”

During the report section of the meeting, Library Board Member Bill Jones reported to the jury on an analysis of the Library Events Center. That analysis was done by a subcommittee of the board.

Jones said that the center had not generated a profit, nor had it covered it costs.

Said Jones, “…the library budget is subsidizing the events center. The skill set of managing a library is just totally different from managing an events center, or a mini convention center, which is sort of what it is. We believe there needs to be a different management structure for the events center.”

After a bit of discussion, the jury voted to direct the subcommittee to further study the situation and come up with recommendations. Jones and the jurors all agreed to communicate regularly to solicit input.

See here the complete report.

The jury’s finance committee approved, and the full jury ratified, a budget amendment to reimburse the City of Ruston $120 thousand for ambulance service for 2022.

Also approved were the millage rates for 2022. They will be levied at the same rate as 2021.

7 Responses to “Jury to appoint two Library Board members”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Now we hear the board president is illegally serving a fourth term. Board bylaws say officers can only serve three consecutive terms. She was elected to the 4th term in January on a 5-4 vote.

    • Anonymous Says:

      The unethical actions of the library board and especially the LPPJ are a topic of conversation in many households. We got saddled with officials with a complete lack of moral compass who then chose a Pharisee who would be complicit and help them hide their actions instead of someone who would have called them out. The best have moved on. I miss him here in the courthouse. He was a solid person.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    A vote to change the bylaws so Dr. Augusta Clark could serve a 4th consecutive term as president failed last night 6-3. Maybe it’s time for a change.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Usually votes for officers for boards and nonprofits are just a formality. Everyone knows who’s doing a good job and often a slate of officers in reinstalled w/o opposition. Clark was re-elected to the illegal 4th term on a 5-4 vote. That 5-4 vote is a big red flag. This was before they realized she couldn’t serve again. What’s going on when nearly half the board doesn’t want Clark to continue being president? Then this week, a bylaw amendment to allow Clark’s 4th term as president was voted down 6-3. That’s 2/3s against Clark. So, is she the problem that so many don’t want her leading the library board?

    • Anonymous Says:

      Board voted 7-1 to hire longtime employee Jeremy Bolom as new director of the library. The dissenting vote was Dr. Clark. She seems way out of sync with the rest of the board.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Look at the patterns, people. Patterns. If you look they will reveal themselves. Honestly, this appointment is a little more than minor . The power this person has is basically what your child can or cannot read. Think about other appointments. What’s the pattern? If you don’t want to take the effort of figuring it out? You get what you deserve. Politicians LOVE the apathy of the populace. All the better to pass laws/ordinances that serve themselves instead of the public. Good luck with your apathy.

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