[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Cohoes 2-25-1969 by Ord. No 35-1969. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A public library shall be established for the City of Cohoes, to be known as the "Cohoes Public Library," and money shall be appropriated by tax or otherwise to equip or maintain such library, and a building or room shall be provided for its use.
The City of Cohoes may acquire real or personal property for library purposes by gift, grant, devise, bequest or condemnation and may take, buy, sell, hold and transfer either real or personal property for public library purposes.
[Amended 10-10-1978 by Ord. No. 90-1978; 10-28-2003 by Ord. No. 20-2003]
The Mayor of the City of Cohoes shall appoint a Board of Trustees, to consist of nine members, said appointments to be confirmed by the Common Council.
Within one month from taking office, the Trustees shall apply to the Regents for a Charter.
The Board of Trustees shall manage and control such library and shall have all the powers of trustees of other educational institutions in the University as set forth in § 226 of the Education Law of the State of New York. Such Board shall elect a President, Secretary and Treasurer. Before entering upon his duties, such Treasurer shall execute and file with the Trustees an official undertaking in such sum and with such sureties as the Board shall direct and approve. The Treasurer need not be a member of the Board. The funds of the library shall be deposited in a bank or banks designated by the Board of Trustees and shall be expanded only under the direction of such Trustees upon properly authenticated vouchers.
[Amended 10-10-1978 by Ord. No. 90-1978]
The term of office of all trustees is shall be five years, except that the terms of the newly appointed members shall expire on December 31, 1981, and December 31, 1982, and the terms of office of their successors shall be full five-year terms. Thereafter, the successors of each Trustee shall be elected annually.
No member of the Common Council shall be eligible for the office of such Public Library Trustee.
The Cohoes Public Library shall be forever free to the inhabitants of the City of Cohoes, subject always to rules of the Library Trustees, who shall have the authority to exclude any person who willfully violates such rule; and the Trustees may, under such conditions as they think expedient, extend the privileges of the library to persons living outside such municipality.