2012-05-31 / In the News

OOB officials put off approval of document

After three weeks of deliberation, members of the Old Orchard Beach Town Council have decided to table a discussion about whether to sign a memorandum of understanding with officials from the Edith Belle Libby Memorial Library.

The town and library had verbally agreed in a public workshop to allow town employees to process the library’s payroll and purchases. However, when the library presented the town with a written agreement, councilors were hesitant to sign it since not all of the library employees had presented the required paperwork, such as an I-9, also known as an Employment Eligibility Verification form.

The town will continue to pay the library’s vendors and bills for office supplies, as well as employee payroll. Town officials are no longer considering a $240,000 request by the library for the 2013 budget, said Councilor Michael Coleman.

The library will remain open. However, the town will oversee all financial transactions library employees make.

There was a public discussion scheduled for May 30 to consider how much should be appropriated for the library in next year’s budget.

The issue began in March, when library officers reported an undisclosed amount of funds had been misappropriated by then-Treasurer Alice Langdon. Since then, the library has been under investigation by the Maine Attorney General’s office.

Old Orchard Beach councilors have not revealed the exact amount of money in question. However, more than $50,000 has already been reported missing, Coleman said.

Coleman said the Memorandum of Understanding would be reconsidered during the June 19 council meeting in order to give library employees an ample amount of time to bring forth any missing documents the town has requested.

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