Otterbein Library Board faces another complaint


OTTERBEIN, Ind. (WLFI) – Months after an area library board was found to have violated the state’s Open Door Law, another complaint has been filed against it.

A formal complaint against the Otterbein Library Board was filed last month.

The complaint alleges the board and its trustees properly voted to a service agreement with Medina Township at its meeting last month. But when the trustee contacted board treasurer Donna Cox to change the agreement, she did so without a public meeting or a vote. The complaint also alleges that Cox spoke with four other members who agreed with her actions, but not in a public meeting.

The library board filed its response Monday.

Board President Treeva Sarles told News 18 Wednesday that Open Door Laws were not broken because the board had yet to vote on, or even see, the contract that was sent over to the Township Board. She said sending over the revised contract was only an effort to speed up the process since both boards only meet once a month. She adds, even if the township board agreed to the revised contract, it doesn’t mean the library board would.

The board’s next meeting is set for Tuesday evening.

An opinion from the Public Access Counselor is due March 24. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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