Vacant Seat in John Jermain Memorial Library Trustee Election

Posted on 27 August 2010

This week the slate of candidates seeking election to the John Jermain Memorial Library Board of Trustees was announced and with just three residents of the library district running for four open seats on the board, a write-in candidate will likely fill the unexpired one-year term of former board member Theresa Ameres.

Current trustees Carl Peterson and Carol Williams will both seek to keep their seats on the board this September 28, with Linley Whelan joining them as a third candidate.

Peterson was appointed to the board in 2007, filling the seat of Gregory Ferraris, and was re-elected to the board that same year. Williams also began her tenure on the board in 2007. Both are seeking their second elected terms as trustees.

Whelan, who is on the board of directors of the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, is also a member of Save Sag Harbor and a licensed real estate broker with Brown Harris Stevens.

Barring an aggressive write-in campaign, Whelan stands to fill the seat of current trustee Nancy Hallock, who has decided to not seek re-election this year.

Who will fill Ameres’ unfilled one-year term will remain in the hands of those who bring a pen when they vote in the trustee elections this September. In 2007, architect Kate Evarts was voted onto the board in an organized write-in campaign where she received over 50 votes. She stepped down the following year.

In addition to choosing who will serve on the board of trustees, residents will also weigh in on a proposed $1,195,502 operating budget for 2011, $64,000 of which will allow the library to rent a temporary space on West Water Street this fall. The proposal represents a 9.8 percent increase in spending over this year’s spending plan.

On September 15 at 5:15 p.m., the library will host a budget and trustee forum for residents, which will be followed by the regular board of trustees meeting at 6 p.m.

The budget vote and trustee election will be held on September 28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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