Tendering my resignation
In response to two recent events, I have looked at my membership on the library board in a different light.
One of the events was the decision by the Eagle County Commissioners not to reappoint JoAnn Glassier, a lifelong resident of the valley, to the library board. By this action, they not only removed a person who had been involved in the site selection process from its inception but they removed the last person who was from downvalley.
Another former board member with downvalley interests and a Master’s degree in library science, Annie Hite, was not reappointed last year. Now there is no board member that lives downvalley.
The other event that gave me pause for reflection was the impassioned plea made by Bonnie Williams, later joined by others, to consider the opinions and needs of the people living in the downvalley area, which is also the area with the largest percentage of population in our library district.
This disturbing sequence of events has led me to the following conclusion. Effective this evening, Monday, April 8, I am tendering my resignation from the Basalt Regional Library District Board.
Because I have recused myself from board participation regarding site selection and do not believe, in good conscience, I can represent my opinion as a private citizen while serving on the board, I am unable to be of value as a library board member.
I believe the library board needs a participating board member that lives downvalley. I encourage you, as a board, to seek and recommend to the Eagle County Commissioners someone for this board position who lives downvalley and can fairly represent this growing vocal constituency.
It is my purpose to challenge the Eagle County Commissioners to hear the voices of this group from whom they have effectively eliminated representation. I strongly urge the Eagle County Commissioners to confirm a representative from downvalley, thereby allowing the Basalt Regional Library Board to better represent its ENTIRE constituency.
I strongly encourage anyone from downvalley interested in the activities of the Basalt Regional Library in their community to apply at the library for my vacated position.
I have sincerely enjoyed my 12 years on the library board. I believe we have an excellent library.
I commend our director, Jean Winkler, for her past accomplishments and commitment to providing the best possible library services, as well as her valuable input as we go forward in our efforts to build a new library.
I thank all the board members for their time and effort and all the citizens whose valuable input will keep us going in the right direction.
I remain dedicated to the library and library services in our community and will be active on behalf of the library as a private citizen. I am looking forward to a new and different type of involvement.
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