Library Ordinance

CODE OF ORDINANCES
City of Pinellas Park, Florida

CHAPTER 2. ADMINISTRATION, ARTICLE V. CITY LIBRARY BOARD

Sec. 2-501. Created; qualifications, appointment of members.
There is hereby created and established a City Library Board. The Board shall consist of nine (9) voting members, two (2) of whom shall be students enrolled on a full-time basis in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades of a public or private high school located in Pinellas County, Florida, or lawfully being home-schooled in Pinellas County, Florida. All members, including the teenage members, shall have been full-time residents of the City for at least one (1) year prior to their appointment, and shall remain full-time residents of the City throughout their terms. Any member who ceases to be a full-time resident of the City during his or her term shall no longer be eligible to serve as a member, and his or his position shall be deemed to be vacant. The members of the Board shall be appointed by a majority vote of the City Council. (Ord. No. 130, 3-24-1960; Ord. No. 228, 5-28-1964; Ord. No. 481, 2-11-1971; Ord. No. 681, 8- 8-1974; Ord. No. 2295, 2-9-1995; Ord. No. 2579, 3-25-1999) 

Sec. 2-502. Terms of office, compensation, organization designation, election of officers.
The two (2) full-time high school student members shall be appointed for terms of one (1) year, and all other members shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years; and in cases of vacancies created by resignation, removal, ineligibility to serve, or otherwise, City Council shall fill such vacancy for the balance of the unexpired term. No member shall receive any pay or compensation for any service rendered as a member of the Board. Such members shall annually elect one of their number as chairperson, and another member as vice-chairperson, of the Board. Five (5) members of such Board shall constitute a quorum. Subject to the supervision and control of City Council, the members of the Board shall make and adopt such procedures, bylaws, rules, and regulations which are not inconsistent with law which they deem necessary and proper for the conduct of the business of the Board. The chairperson shall serve as liaison between the Board and the Library Director. He/she shall preside at all meetings. The vice-chairperson shall serve in the absence of the chairperson and in such other capacities as may be directed by the chairperson or the Board. Board members shall serve at the pleasure of City Council and may be removed at any time with or without cause by City Council. Any replacements at times other than at the expiration of a term of office shall be for the balance of said term then remaining. (Ord. No. 130, 3-24-1960; Ord. No. 228, 5-28-1964; Ord. No. 481, 2-11-1971; Ord. No. 2295, 2-9-1995; Ord. No. 2579, 3-25-1999) 

Sec. 2-503. Duties.
Under policies established by the City Council, the Board: 1. Shall advise the City Manager or his/her designee on policies and procedures governing the library as may be deemed necessary for the Library's preservation and to maintain service to the community. 2. Shall advise the Library Director and review general rules, penalties and forfeitures for trespass or the library building, grounds, rooms, materials or other property, or fail to return any item, or for violation of any by-laws or regulation. 3. Shall have and exercise such power as may be delegated to it in order to carry out the spirit and intent of law in establishing and maintaining a public library. 4. Shall study and analyze reports prepared for presentation to the City Manager and City Council on the library's strength and weaknesses, adopt a long and short range plan for library growth in conjunction with the Library Director and City Manager and shall review and recommend policies needed to carry forward the library's plan effectively. 5. Shall review budget requests prepared by the Library Director; shall suggest any recommended changes and shall officially endorse the annual budget requests to the City Manager. The chairperson of the Board may appear with the Library Director at budget hearings held by the City Manager or City Council to interpret the financial needs of the library. 6. Shall explore all ways of increasing library's income from any and all sources. 7. Shall serve as liaison between the library and the community, interpreting one to the other, and shall uphold all policies adopted by the Board and the City Council. (Ord. No. 130, 3-24-1960; Ord. No. 228, 5-28-1964; Ord. No. 481, 2-11-1971; Ord. No. 2295, 2-9-1995) 

Sec. 2-504. Annual report to the City Council required; contents.
The Library Board shall, make an annual report to the City Council of the condition of their trust by the last day of January of the following year. This report may include, but not be limited to, all monies received or expended, the number of books and other materials on hand, newspaper subscriptions, the number of items circulated, with such other statistics, information and suggestions as they may deem of general interest, or as the City Council may require, which report shall be reviewed by the Board. (Ord. No. 130, 3-24-1960; Ord. No. 228, 5-28-1964; Ord. No. 295, 10-13-1966; Ord. No. 481, 2-11-1971; Ord. No. 2295, 2-9-1995)