Commissioners Have Received Two Applications So Far
TELLURIDE – The San Miguel County Commissioners announced on Wednesday, Feb. 6, that they have extended the application deadline to Feb. 27 for anyone interested in filling a vacancy on the San Miguel Library District Board of Trustees.
The commissioners were scheduled to make an appointment at their regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6, but extended the deadline in the aftermath of a recent decision by the board to close the library on Sundays. That decision elicited dismay from some citizens, who complained that the board acted without first seeking adequate public comment.
“We were just behind the ball on getting the notice out on that,” May said. “There were two announcements in the Telluride paper, but people didn’t see it. In the interest of transparency we decided to extend the period until the 27th.”
So far, the county has two applicants interested in filling seat – incumbent Seth Cagin and Eileen McGinley. Former Wilkinson Public Library employee Taylor Benson applied for the seat but withdrew his name from consideration during the Feb. 6 commissioners meeting.
Cagin has held the seat since January 2011, following the resignation of Charles Sullivan
“I really do enjoy serving on the board,” Cagin told the commissioners. “I find the whole issue on how libraries are evolving through changing times to be fascinating.”
Cagin supported the “difficult” decision to close the library on Sundays to help close a looming budget deficit.
“I think the board is open to reviewing that decision, but the bad news is that it is going to be an even tougher budget in 2014,” Cagin said. “This is the first time this library has not had the luxury of asking what additional services we should provide, and is now asking instead how to pull back. It’s a different challenge.”
The commissioners did not have any questions for McGinley during her interview. In her letter to the commissioners expressing her interest in the position, McGinley stated that she was hired by the Friends of the Library to create and manage the campaign to build the new library and that she organized a fundraising campaign that raised $300,000 for items that were not covered by the library bond.
“I will work with other board members to nurture what has been created thus far, and develop a sustainable budget that responds to changing market conditions, while keeping the library fully functional and open seven days a week,” McGinley stated in her letter.
By extending the application deadline for the five-year term on the Library Board of Trustees, it is expected that the commissioners will make a decision on the appointment at their meeting on March 6 in Telluride.
Editors Note: Seth Cagin is the publisher of The Watch.