Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Notice of Public Hearing UPDATED

The Commission of Mt. Lebanon, PA intends to hold a public hearing on, and consider for enactment, the Ordinance (Bill No. 3-17) entitled An Ordinance of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania Amending the Mt. Lebanon Administrative Code Regarding Employees at the Library. The Ordinance clarifies that Library personnel will be subject to all Municipal rules, regulations and policies, including the Manager's power to appoint, suspend or remove said personnel. 
The public hearing will take place on April 11 at 8:00 p.m., in the Municipal Building, 710 Washington Road, first floor Commission Chambers. 
A copy of proposed Ordinance (Bill No. 3-17) may be reviewed at the Municipal Manager's Office, 710 Washington Road, during regular business hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and copies are available for a fee not greater than the cost thereof. 
Keith A. McGill 
Municipal Manager

Update April 7, 2017 8:39 AM I really didn't understand what this was all about, so I emailed the commission. Here is Steve McLean's explanation:

Elaine - the ordinance is designed to confirm that all municipal employees are governed and fall under the same HR rules and requirements. It will not affect or change the day to day services provided by the library staff and its leaders. Nor will it change the library management responsibility for the staff. The library employees are municipal employees and should have and deserve the same HR consideration as do all municipal employees.

Steve McLean


Anonymous said...

Can you say--
the power to control appointments to office or the right to privileges.
"recruits are selected on merit, not through political patronage"
synonyms: power of appointment, favoritism, nepotism, preferential treatment, cronyism, pork-barreling
"political patronage"

Jason Margolis said...

Who oversees the Library staff right now? What specific change is being proposed?

"Instead of X, McGill will be the Library Staff Supervisor."

Who is X right now?

Anonymous said...


135.3 Duties and Functions. The Library Board shall have the duties, powers and responsibilities prescribed by the applicable Law. The Board shall be responsible for all library functions, including appointment of library staff, setting policy, supervising the budget and establishing any other rule or regulation which the Library Board has the power to adopt for its own organization and procedure as is customary, advisable and consistent with the Charter, this Administrative Code and the applicable Law.

The changes are listed here:

Nick M.

Jason Margolis said...

So, break this down for me. Is this a take-over?

Does McGill think the library staff are out of control?

I still don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Is this a standing policy in other municipalities? Or is this a diversion from contentious issues such as deer responsibility for car-deer interactions due to cellphone distraction of those in motion, and not the deer? Or simply an inability to focus on more significant problems, such as the lack of a footpath accessible grocery for the many elderly apartment residents adjacent to the business district? Was the TIF for the condo construction at Bower Hill and Washington Rds really in the best interest of the taxpayers?