Official Statement of the Pember Library and Museum Board of Trustees Regarding the Office of State Comptroller’s Audit and Report January 7, 2014

W e welcome the Comptroller’s recommendations. We began implementation of their recommendations before the audit was even completed because we understand the importance of the public’s faith in the Pember Library and Museum board and staff.

We are heartened by the Comptroller’s assessment that there has not been any financial mismanagement of our capital campaign funds and have taken the proper steps to protect all of our funds, including those that have come from the Pember Library and Museum Foundation.

Our board, like many boards before us, was forced to use some of the principal of the Foundation because our various funding streams, including the support we get from the Village and the Town, are not enough to keep our doors open for the thousands of people who cross our threshold each year. We unknowingly violated the original agreement between the Pember and the Foundation and for that we are deeply sorry. We can only ask for the public’s forgiveness as we begin the process of correcting this mistake We have already reimbursed the Foundation $10,000 and intend to continue to pay back the principal until it is fully restored.

Our financial situation is fluid because we do not have a reliable funding stream. The Pember is a valued community institution but it is just one of many competing financial priorities within the Village and Town. We appreciate the opportunity the Comptroller’s report has afforded us to talk to the public about our financial situation and to begin the process to create financial stability for the Pember Library and Museum.

This May, we will be asking the voters of the Granville Central School District to create a library district with stable funding. We are committed to educating the voters on what this means through a series of public presentations, mailings, a dedicated website and one-to-one meetings.

The voters will vote on the initial funding for the district and subsequent budgets as well as for the Pember’s Board of Trustees. Our goals here are three-fold: to stabilize our funding, to provide greater accountability and to give the community a greater sense of ownership over the direction and growth of the Pember.

Lakes Classifieds – 04/24/15

Northshire Freepress – 04/24/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 04/24/15

Weekender – 04/24/15

North Country Freepress – 04/24/15

Classifieds 04/22/14

Dresden throws support to medical marijuana facility

medical marijuana

By Dan King The Town of Dresden has joined the growing list of towns throughout Washington County that are throwing […]

Heather Michaud to have art displayed at the Hyde

Michaud Drawing

By Dan King A Whitehall High School student will have her artwork displayed at one of the region’s greatest art […]

Hampton Firehouse may change hands

21281963

By Derek Liebig The Town of Hampton is considering selling the Hampton Firehouse to the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department, which […]

Granville Science Fair a hit

DSC_0111

Joshua Bassett A dry Christmas tree that emitted melodic sounds when hit was just one of the many exhibits on […]

Baseball routs Corinth, Salem, Bolton

Derek Thomas rips a basehit diown the left field line

The Whitehall baseball team bounced back from a non-league loss to Fort Ann by blowing out Corinth, Salem and Bolton. […]

Whitehall not conducting background checks?

By Dan King Whitehall Central School has brought on a substantial amount of staff members, bus drivers and substitutes this […]

ontent -->