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Two Plum library board members resign posts

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Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Two members of the Plum Borough Community Library board have resigned in the past two months.

Darlene Parker, a trustee, resigned in May. Jeanette Matthews, vice president, resigned earlier this month.

Plum Council appointed each woman in March for three-year terms.

The library board governs the management of the library and coordinates fundraisers and other activities. Board members meet on the second Tuesday of each month.

Parker, who attended two board meetings, said she resigned because she would like to see term limits imposed on board members.

“The by-laws recommend board members serve two terms or six years,” Parker said. “Two terms would be a positive thing. New people bring new ideas.”

Parker declined to disclose if she had a problem with a particular board member's tenure.

Other board members are: Dorothy “Dee” Marsalese, president; Laurie Machen, secretary; Ray Cefola, treasurer; and Sandra Gartland and Timothy Joyce, trustees.

Marsalese has the most tenure on the board with 15 years. The other members are in their first or second terms.

Matthews could not be reached for comment.

Borough council in the early part of each year makes appointments to the planning commission, zoning hearing board, civil service board and other entities. Interested candidates submit letters with qualifications to the borough manager prior to council's selection.

The library received about $95,000 in borough funding this year, according to library director Marilyn Klingensmith.

Council's agenda this month included a motion to make an appointment to fill Parker's seat. The motion was tabled. In addition, borough manager Michael Thomas said, Matthews resigned. Thomas said Matthews' letter indicated she had other commitments and no longer could serve on the board.

Thomas said council members decided to step back and take a look at the situation before making any appointments.

“They are concerned about the rash of recent resignations,” Thomas said. “They want to do an investigation to find out if there is a larger issue (with the library board).”

Councilman John Anderson, chairman of the parks and recreation committee, under which the library falls, said he plans to attend the next library board meeting, scheduled for Sept. 10.

“I want to understand what's going on,” said Anderson, who added he aims for council to make two appointments during the Oct. 7 meeting.

Residents interested in being considered for an appointment to the library board should send a letter of interest to Borough Manager, Borough of Plum, 4575 New Texas Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239; or email

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or

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