The fact that library revenue has been dropping for several years did not seem to phase the Freeport Public Library Board. Here is a link to the January board minutes, you can find library board meeting minutes by following this link. http://www.freeportpubliclibrary.org/board.htm
Nor does the library board seem to be aware that Ms. Dickerson, with almost as many supervisors as employees, as well as an administrative assistant, makes more money than Freeport Mayor Jim Gitz. Tutty is not going to put the actual numbers up here, but Ms. Dickerson earns more than $85,000 per year for a job that is simply not that difficult.
And why does the City of Freeport insist on calling Ms. Dickerson a "Department Head" when the Freeport City Council has absolutely no say so in how much she makes? Is Mayor Gitz and the eight aldermen that dumb?
Freeport Public Library on the morning of February 25, 2014
Furthermore, why do Freeport Mayors allow the library board to choose their own members? Read library board meeting minutes from last November where library board member Judy Barney told the board that "Larry Pittsley, former board member would agree to again be a part of the board."
A few short weeks later, Mr. Pittsley was appointed by Mayor Jim Gitz to the Freeport Public Library Board and his appointment was unanimously approved by the Freeport City Council.
According the meeting minutes from their August 2013 library board meeting, "There was some discussion by the board members of recruiting applicants for openings on the board."
Tutty does not believe it is healthy for any public body that handles more than a million-dollars annually in public funding to be choosing their own members. Clearly, it is an effort--and meant to limit, any type of dissent among the ranks. Another problem, once these board members are seated they cannot be removed without cause until their terms are expired. While Mayor Gitz and Corporation Counsel like to lead the City Council to believe that the City has control of the library board that is quite simply not the case. It's already a proven fact that the Freeport Public Library and the City of Freeport can sue each other in open court and in the State of Illinois it is not possible to sue yourself.
It is past the time for Mayor Jim Gitz and the Freeport City Council to wake up where the administration of the Freeport Public Library is concerned. How, on God's green earth, can City of Freeport leaders justify the fact the library director makes more money than the Mayor of the City of Freeport...and it has been like that for more than 10 years.
Come on Freeport City Council, where are you at on this and why is it allowable for the Library Board to choose their own members. This is not in the best interest of the Freeport public.
As always, yours in honesty, Tutty Baker firstname.lastname@example.org