By Bill Short
The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen has adopted a resolution renewing its contract with Library Systems and Services to operate the city’s library for one more year.
Board members took the action during their April 13 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Bethany Huffman and seconded by Alderman Frankie Dakin.
The motion was passed by five affirmative votes, with Aldermen Larry Dagen and Chris Ford absent.
The resolution states that, in June 2011, the board approved a contract with LSSI to operate the Millington Public Library and provide all necessary staffing, as well as management and auxiliary services.
The contract included an initial term from June 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014, with two one-year renewal options. The agreement was previously extended through June 30 of this year.
The resolution states that LSSI and the city would like to renew the agreement for one additional year.
LSSI has proposed a 3-percent price increase for the final renewal period. The contract extension is approved for an amount not to exceed $306,772.
The resolution authorizes Mayor Terry Jones or City Manager Ed Haley to sign the contract extension upon approval by City Attorney Charles Perkins.
During discussion shortly before the vote, Alderman Thomas McGhee asked whether there is a “time frame” for the city to advertise for bids on a new contract to avoid any “lapse” in services.
“I know we’re extending LSSI for a year,” he acknowledged. “But if we go with the bid early enough, so that if they are replaced, whoever comes in, we would not lose the continuity.”
City Finance Director John Trusty said that is his “hope.” In response to a question by Huffman, Trusty said the city will advertise for bids in early 2016 to have a “plan” in place before the final extension expires.