By-laws

Article I Name
    The name of this organization shall be the Ossian Public Library Board of Trustees.

Article II Purposes
1.    To promote interest in the library
2.    2. To provide books and other popular materials with the assistance of the library director.

Article III Members
Section I. The board shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the city council for staggered six (6) year terms.
Section 2.  If a vacancy occurs before a term is expired, a new member will be appointed to fill the unexpired term.
Section 3.  A. The term shall be six (6 years except to fill vacancies. Each term shall commence on July first.
 B. The position of any trustee shall be vacant if he/she moves permanently from the city (or county in the case of the non-residential member); if he/she is absent form six (6) consecutive regular meetings of the board, except in the case of sickness or temporary absence from the city. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Mayor with approval of the city council and the new trustee shall fill out the unexpired term for which the appointment is made.
Section 4. Trustees shall receive no compensation for their services.

Article IV. Powers
Section 1. To meet and organize annually at the June meeting by electing a president, vice president and secretary. The city clerk shall serve as the treasurer of the board.
Section 2. To employ a library director and such assistants and employees as may be necessary for the proper management of said library: to fix their compensation and terms of employment (by a  majority of the members of said board) with approval of the city council.
Section 3. To remove such library director, assistants, employees by a majority vote of the members of said board of misdemeanor, incompetence, or inattention to the duties of such employment.
Section 4. To select and purchase, with the library director’s direction, books, periodicals, pamphlets, papers, maps, journals, furniture, fixtures, computers and other necessary supplies for the library.
Section 5. To have charge, control and supervision of said library, directing and controlling all the affairs of said library.
Section 6. to authorize the use of said library for non-residents of the city.
Section 7. To make, adopt, or repeal rules and regulations as may be necessary for the care and use of said library.
Section 8. To have exclusive control of all county taxes levied for library
all money belonging to the library fund. To use city taxes levied for library purposes with the approval of the city council.
Section 9.  Keep a record of the board’s proceedings, financial library, in the library and open to the public

Article V. Officers
Section 1. The officers of the Library Board shall consist of a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer (city clerk).
Section 2. The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the board.
Section 3. The president shall reside at all meetings of the board, authorize calls for any special meetings, appoint all committees, execute all documents authorized by the board, and serve as ex-officio voting member of all committees and generally perform all duties associated wit that office.
Section 4. The vice president, in the event of the absence or disability of the president, or of a vacancy in that office, shall assume and perform the duties and functions of the president.
Section 5. The secretary shall keep a true and accurate account of all meetings of other such duties as are generally associated with that office.
Section 6. The terms of office shall be staggered six (6 year terms. Example: one (1) term expires in 2003; one term expires in 2004; one (1) term expires in 2005; two (2) terms expire in 2006 and so on.

Article VI. Committees
The president shall appoint all standing committees and special committees.

Article VII. Meetings
Section 1. The library board shall meet in the library at 5:30 pm on the 4th Monday of each month, except for the months of July and December. Extra meetings may be called as necessary at a time and date designated by the board. Agendas are posted on the library door and website 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Changes to the regular meeting times will be noted on the agenda. 

Section 2. A quorum shall consist of three (3) members

Section 4. Library director shall be present at all of the meetings of the board.

Section VII Revised and approved 4/27/2009

Article VIII Order of Business
1. Call to order
2. Minutes of pervious meeting
3. Financial report
4. Old business
5. New business
6. Adjourn

Article IX. Amendments
Section 1. These by-laws may be amended at a board meeting by a majority vote of the board, provided written notice of the proposed amendment shall have been mailed to each
member at least ten (10 days) prior to the meeting at which time such action is proposed to be taken.
                        Reviewed 2/16/2009