Constitution and By-Laws

Article 1:  Name

Section 1         This organization shall be called The Board of Trustees of the Wellsville Public Library existing by virtue of the provisions of Chapter 182 (County and City Libraries – Libraries Generally) of the Laws of the State of Missouri, and exercising the powers and authority and assuming the responsibilities delegated to it under the said statutes.

Section 2         Other State Laws reflected in our operation can be found in 67.010 (Miscellaneous Powers) and Chapter 610 (Governmental Bodies and Records).

Section 3         As of October 13, 1965, all of the area of territory included within the geographical boundaries of the City of Wellsville shall be a municipal library district, to be known as the City of Wellsville Municipal Library District.

Section 4         The Missions Statement for the Wellsville Public Library shall be as follows:

                         “The mission of the Wellsville Public Library is to provide its patrons and the community with materials, programs, and services, including technology and internet access, to enhance their lives.”

Article II: Officers

Section 1.        The officers shall be a president, a vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer, elected from among the appointed trustees by the Board of Trustees.

 Section 2.       Officers shall serve a term of three years. 

Section 3.        The president shall preside at all meetings of the Board, authorize calls for any special meetings, appoint all committees, execute all documents authorized by the Board, and generally perform all duties associated with that office. 

Section 4.        The vice-president, in the event of the absence or disability of the president, or of  a vacancy in that office, shall assume and perform the duties and functions of the president.

Section 5.        The secretary shall keep a true and accurate record of all meetings of the board and shall perform such other duties as are generally associated with that office.

Section 6.       The treasurer shall be the disbursing officer of the Board. In the absence or inability of the treasurer, these duties shall be performed by such other trustee(s) as the Board may designate.


Article III: Meetings

Section I.         The regular meetings shall be held each month, with the exception of June, July, and December on the second Monday at 5:30 in the Library unless it is a holiday wherein the Library Board will reschedule at a date they approve. 

Section 2.        The order of business for regular meetings shall include, but not be limited to, the following items which shall be covered in the sequence shown so far as circumstances will permit:

Roll call of members 

Disposition of minutes of previous regular meeting, closed meeting, and any intervening special meeting

Treasurer’s financial report of the Library/action on bills

Progress and service report of director/librarian

Committee reports


Unfinished business

New business


Section 3.        Closed meetings may be held for the purposes set forth in Statue 610.02 of the Laws of the State of Missouri. The closed meeting must be closed with an affirmative public vote of the majority of a quorum. The vote of each member of the Board to go into closed meeting will be entered into the minutes. The information pertaining to the closed meeting shall be available as stated in Statue 610.022 of the Laws of the State of Missouri.

Section 4.       Special meetings may be called at the direction of the president, or at the request of a board member(s) for the transaction of business as stated in the call for the meeting.

Section 5.       A quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting shall consist of five (5) members of the Board present in person.

Section 6.       Conduct of meeting: Proceedings of all members shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.

  Article V. Trustees

Section 1.        The Board of Trustees shall consist of nine members, recommended by the Library Board and appointed by the Mayor of the City of Wellsville then approved by the City Council. Each trustee shall be appointed to serve a three (3) year term, with a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms being held. Terms of office will commence on the first day of April of the year appointed. Three (3) trustees will be appointed each year.

Section 2.       In case a trustee is unable to fulfill the full term of office, the trustee shall write a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees and the Mayor shall appoint a trustee to finish the term at the recommendation of the Library Board.

Section 3.       It is the responsibility of each trustee to attend all meetings. If unable to attend, the trustee shall inform the President of the Board or the Library Director. If two consecutive meetings are missed without said notification, the President shall call the trustee to ascertain if the trustee would like to remain on the Board.

 Article VI. Library Director and Staff

The Board shall employ a qualified Library Director who shall be the executive and administrative officer of the Wellsville Public Library on behalf of the Board and under its review and direction. 

Article VII. General

Section 1.        An affirmative vote of the majority of all members of the Board present at the time shall be necessary to approve any action before the Board, or as otherwise stipulated by Robert’s Rules of Order. The president may vote upon and may move or second a proposal before the Board.

Section 2.       The By-Laws may be amended by the two-thirds (6) majority vote of all members of the Board, provided written notice of the proposed amendment shall have been mailed to all members at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting at which such action is proposed to be taken.

  Section 3.      These By-Laws supersede any previous By-Laws.