This video speaks for itself; it highlights the community's frustration with the comparative lack of an ongoing dialogue with the Hoag Board of Directors.
Strictly speaking, this information should be viewed as critical for donors and prospective donors to evaluate. Absent the collective voice of the community, it is difficult to expect that a cooperatively determined direction can be established or maintained for the library. Don't elected representatives have a certain obligation to respond to the concerns of their constituency outside of an election year?
This is a clip from the Wednesday, November 12th meeting of the Hoag library board. The entire meeting was captured on video, this video represents an advance 3 minute preview of what you can expect.
In this clip, Board President Kevin Doherty is shown identifying the library's choice for a new attorney to be held on retainer. Mr. Doherty states, “So the recommendation was made that we use um…a…the firm of Whiteman, Osterman and Hannah…” while referring to HIS OWN recommendation. From Terry Wilbert's subsequent inquiries about the retainer agreement, it seems evident that not only did Mr. Doherty recommend this Albany-area firm to represent the Hoag library, but he approved his own recommendation without so much as a vote. A small consideration at $225/hour? You decide--it's your money he's spending with no oversight at all.
Reviewing the video you might have cause to wonder whether the firm was vetted at all.