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Grey Highlands inks new agreement with library board

The agreement between the municipality and the library board has been in the works for several years
Grey Highlands Public Library board chair Stewart Halliday introduces new library CEO Eleni Hughes to Grey Highlands council.

Grey Highlands council has a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with its public library board.

The MOU document has been in the works for the past several years and defines the operating relationship between the library and the municipality. Grey Highlands CEO Karen Govan and former library CEO Jennifer Murley spent time researching and reviewing the MOUs of other libraries/municipalities after the concept was initially brought forward by former library CEO Wilda Allen.

“It has been a long time in the marking,” said Govan. “It’s something most public libraries are operating with, it is a good document.”

The appearance of the MOU on council’s agenda also offered an opportunity for Stewart Halliday, library board chair, to introduce new library CEO Eleni Huges to council.

“The MOU is an important document. It lays out clear guidelines for the relationship between the library and municipality,” Hughes said at the meeting.

Halliday said a lot of effort had gone into developing the MOU.

“Staff have worked hard on it, both at Grey Highlands and the library,” he said.

Council approved the MOU unanimously.

“This has spanned three CEOs. It’s good to have this done,” said Coun. Paul Allen.


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Chris Fell covers The Blue Mountains and Grey Highlands under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada
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