Sarah Gannon-Weston - Elected

Sarah Gannon-Weston - Elected

Postby curt - Moderator » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:28 pm

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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby curt » Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:40 pm

In a letter to the Carriage Towne News, Sarah Gannon-Weston wrote:February 23, 2012
Candidate for Library Trustee

My name is Sarah Gannon-Weston and I am a candidate for Library Trustee in Danville. One of the first things I did when my family moved into my husband's childhood home in Danville was to get a library card.

I am an avid reader, and during my weekly visits to the Library I see the many different services that our library provides. On one visit, a child came running up with two more books to add to a pile of dozens ready for check-out, the excitement on his face clearly showing his early love for reading. I often see patrons at the computer terminals - a service for research, job searching, and social networking for residents. The children's story hour, the various groups who meet there, the Inter-Library Loan service, the development of digital loan technology - these are just a few of the services that make our library a supportive and meaningful community resource.

Having worked in publishing, and as an estate property manager overseeing fiscal and structural business, I will bring my love of books and smart financial stewardship as a Trustee. My husband's family moved to Danville in 1962, and my husband, daughter and I moved here full time in 2007. I have been visiting Danville since the 1970's and we have a deep love of our town.

As Trustee, I will help our library continue to be a vibrant community asset. Please vote for me as Library Trustee on March 13!

Sarah Gannon-Weston

Candidate for Library Trustee

Danville
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby shawn_oneil » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:42 am

When Selectmen Giordano asked Sarah how she became aware of the Library Trustee position was she being completely honest with her response of 'through the grapevine."?

draft minutes of Jan 28, 2012 Library Trustee meeting wrote:Barbara outlined the duties of the Trustees to Sarah who stated she had signed as a candidate. Barbara explained that
the Trustees meet once a month, more if needed, and she asked what days Sarah was available for the next Trustee
meeting.


Sounds like it was a done deal. Wonder what the community would think if the Board of Selectmen performed such a back-door tactic.
Simply amazing,
Shawn
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby curt » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:27 am

I've known Sarah for a long time and I take her at her word. Perhaps she asked Dottie or one of the trustees about the opening, and they encouraged her to meet with the trustees.

Are you saying that if a prospective selectman candidate asked to meet with the selectmen to find out more about the job, that the BOS would refuse to meet with him/her?

You are demonstrating the same type of suspicion (that's not the word I want but it is not coming to me) that caused some to say that you put Patty up to run last year or Michelle to run this year. I also take them at their words.
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby michelle_oneil » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:35 am

I just want to make it perfectly clear that I put my name on the ballot because I wanted to.
Not because of my husband.

The library is a great town resource.
I just think that it could be managed better, that's all.
Whether Sarah was chosen by the Library staff, or current trustees, to run is not my business.
Elections are for those who would like to hold office to put their names on the ballot and run.
That's what I did.

I want to remain active in Danville and thought this was a good way to do it.
There are lots of openings on a lot of committees, and it came down to what did I have time to do and what did I want to do.
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby shawn_oneil » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:41 am

curt wrote:I've known Sarah for a long time and I take her at her word. Perhaps she asked Dottie or one of the trustees about the opening, and they encouraged her to meet with the trustees.

Are you saying that if a prospective selectman candidate asked to meet with the selectmen to find out more about the job, that the BOS would refuse to meet with him/her?

You are demonstrating the same type of suspicion (that's not the word I want but it is not coming to me) that caused some to say that you put Patty up to run last year or Michelle to run this year. I also take them at their words.


Was this initiated by Sarah or was it solicited by Dottie and a couple of the Trustees to attend? There very much is a difference. It is one thing to endorse a candidate as an individual which is external to formal Town business. It is different to bring in a candidate to be knighted during a formal meeting.
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby russh » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:05 pm

Question for both candidates:

I asked during the candidates night if you both supported having the Library trusties meetings televised just as other committees and commissions are now. Both of your responded that you would support such a move.

As a follow up, would you both support making the Trustee meetings a regular and predictably scheduled meeting like most other committees and commissions?

This would seem to be a logical requirement to coordinate broadcast availability, but I wanted to explicitly ask the question. I would also think this would help make the meetings more accessible to the public because they could have known dates when the meetings were taking place, and could make accommodations to attend.
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby Sarah_Weston » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:48 pm

I attended the Library Trustee Meeting in January because I wanted to know what it was like, what types of subjects would be discussed, and because I wanted to decide first-hand what it was like. I had heard from multiple people that the position was open. No, nothing was "set up."

I have been a Book Editor for over 18 years; I am a Human Resource Director, which includes Payroll and Budgeting; I am an ardent supporter of our Public Library; I love to read, and I fully appreciate its resource and contribution to all our residents in Danville. NOT having a vibrant Public Library in our Town will only lower its appeal to potential property owners.

That's me. Direct questions welcome. ~Sarah
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby Sarah_Weston » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:53 pm

russh: "As a follow up, would you both support making the Trustee meetings a regular and predictably scheduled meeting like most other committees and commissions?

This would seem to be a logical requirement to coordinate broadcast availability, but I wanted to explicitly ask the question. I would also think this would help make the meetings more accessible to the public because they could have known dates when the meetings were taking place, and could make accommodations to attend."

I am certainly available for regular meetings. That seems a given for most Committees.
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby curt » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:59 pm

Sarah,
Beyond your own availability, would you propose and/or vote in favor of a motion to schedule the trustees meeting on a certain day of the month (e.g. 4th Tuesday at 7 pm) and in a location where they could be televised?
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby Sarah_Weston » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:13 pm

I would be fine with a regularly scheduled meeting, factoring in of course that we need to remain flexible, and I am happy to have them televised.
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby Sarah_Weston » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:31 pm

My husband's family moved to Danville in 1962, and he grew up here. I started visiting Danville in the 1970's, and I recall when mail was picked up at what is now Mayo's Market. I have seen dirt roads paved, a Church moved, and the Pill Box closed. But I have seen such community-building!

Danville is such a wonderful town, and a BIG part of that is the Library. Seniors meet there, teens do research there, parents and their children meet there. Its a place where people who cannot afford high-speed internet can use the Library's bank of computers - often for job searching or social connection with friends and family. So, the demographic of users is: Children, parents, young adults, adults, older adults, Seniors, the unemployed, the retired, the curious, the recreational readers...I could go on. The point is, our Library serves all of us well.

I am stating this because I have not seen any indication that the alternative has an understanding about what Public Libraries offer.
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby shawn_oneil » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:59 pm

Sarah,
What are your thoughts about Dottie and Tom Jr. going on a Town paid PLA course in Philadelphia, PA for several days? Cost is $1800 to the taxpayers of Danville and that is just for the course according to the Libraries submitted budget. Is this fiscally responsible in your opinion?
Thank you,
Shawn O'Neil
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby curt » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:05 pm

Shawn, why didn't you ask this question of both candidates?
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Re: Sarah Gannon-Weston

Postby shawn_oneil » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:13 pm

curt wrote:Shawn, why didn't you ask this question of both candidates?

I could, but I know Michelle would not answer until the morning as she has already went to bed around 9pm. I did notice that Sarah was on-line here on SOD so I posed the question. I think it is fair for Michelle to answer as well, but I kinda have the inside track on that one.
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