Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council Creates Officialdepartment to Run Library

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council Creates Officialdepartment to Run Library

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Peters now has an official township library department, after council approved several resolutions on Monday to create it.

The library board in April asked the township to take over personnel, human resources and other business operations of the library, while a new director makes the transition July 6.

Longtime director Pier Lee will be semi-retired at that time, after 44 years at the helm. Ms. Lee, 77, will be replaced by retired Peters Township School District librarian Myra Oleynik, but Ms. Lee will stay on as a part-time consultant.

"She will be staying for a while on a part-time basis for the transition," said township manager Michael Silvestri. "We are still working on capital projects that she will work on."

Those projects include creating a new lounge area and a so- called "maker" space, with sewing machines, 3-D printers and other technology.

"Libraries do this stuff now," Mr. Silvestri said.

Library patrons should notice no changes, Mr. Silvestri said, and council has approved measures to keep the current salaries, sick and vacation days for the six full-time staff members.

"We're not changing anything," Mr. Silvestri said.

The township will continue to provide about $800,000 in funding each year to the library - or about 95 percent of its annual budget.

The board of directors also will be kept together to provide policy initiatives and to direct other aspects of operation.

Council also heard from officials with the nonprofit group Horses With Hope, who explained the services the organization provides with a PowerPoint presentation, including equine therapy for children and adults with disabilities, along with an array of other services.

The center, on Brush Run Road, includes a barn with several stalls and an outdoor arena.

The group's founder, Anne Davis, said an indoor arena could be built, along with other improvements, if the township would ease up on zoning requirements, such as driveway paving, on-site restrooms and other regulations. …

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