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Plaistow Public Library
Plaistow Public Library
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Plaistow Public Library

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees regularly meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the History Room.

Changes to this schedule are announced here and on flyers posted by the main entrances.

Scheduled Meetings for 2020 & 2021: 

  • November 10 -- please contact the Library for remote access instructions
  • December 8
  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 15
  • July 13
  • August 10
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14

Please call the Library at 382-6011 if you have any questions concerning access to a meeting.


James Peck Chair:
Catherine Willis Vice-Chair
Jane Query Treasurer
Jennifer Kiarsis Secretary
Rosemarie Bayek Member-at-Large
Michelle Sykes Alternate
Megan Lee Alternate


Minutes, 2018-20

2020 2019 2018
January 14 January 15 January 9
February 18   January 11
  February 12 February 13
March (no mtg) March (no mtg) March (no mtg)
April 10 April 9 April 10
May 12 May 14 May 8
    May 15
June 9 June 11 June 12
July 14 July 9 July 10
August 18 August 6 August 7
September 15 September 10 August 21
October 13 - DRAFT September 17 September 11
  October 15 October 9
  November 12 November 13
  December 10 December 11

Minutes, 2013-2017

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
January 10 January 12 January 13 January 7 Special Meeting
February 21 February 16 February 10 February 11 January 20
March (no mtg) March 15 March 17 March 11 February 11
April 4 April 12 April 7 April 8 Early March
May 3 April HVAC April 14 April 16 March 2013
May 10 May 10 May 12 May 20 April 8
June 13 June 14 May 26 June 10 May 20
July 11 June 27 June 9 July 16 June 20
July 17 July 21 July 14 August 12 July 8
August 15 August 4 August 11 September 9 August 19
August 17 August 8 August 25 October 14 September 16
August 23 August 16 September 8 November 7 October 15
September 12 September 20 September 18 November 18 November 12
October 10 October 11 October 13 December 9 December 16
October 30 November 1 November 10 December 30 December 23
November 4 November 8 December 8   December 31
November 14 December 13 December 30    
December 12 December 29      
December 29 


RSA 91-A

Non-Public Sessions

1. No public body may enter nonpublic session, except pursuant to a motion properly made and seconded, by roll call.

2. Only the following matters shall be considered or acted upon in nonpublic session (RSA 91-A:3,II):
(a) The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a meeting and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.
(b) The hiring of any person as a public employee.
(c) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.
(d) Consideration of the acquisition, sale, or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community.
(e) Consideration or negotiation of pending claims or litigation which has been threatened in writing or filed by or against the public body or any subdivision thereof, or by or against any member thereof because of his or her membership in such public body, until the claim or litigation has been fully adjudicated or otherwise settled.
(j) Consideration of confidential, commercial, or financial information that is exempt from public disclosure under RSA 91-A:5, IV in an adjudicative proceeding pursuant to RSA 541 or RSA 541-A.
(l) Consideration of legal advice provided by legal counsel, either in writing or orally, to one or more members of the public body, even where legal counsel is not present.

3. Minutes of meetings in nonpublic session shall be kept and shall record all actions in such a manner that the vote of each member is ascertained.

4. Minutes and decisions reached in nonpublic session shall be publicly disclosed within 72 hours of the meeting, unless, by recorded vote of 2/3 of the members present taken in public session, it is determined that divulgence of the information likely would affect adversely the reputation of any person other than a member of the public body itself, or render the proposed action ineffective, or pertain to terrorism, more specifically, to matters relating to the preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions, developed by local or state safety officials that are directly intended to thwart a deliberate act that is intended to result in widespread or severe damage to property or widespread injury or loss of life. This shall include training to carry out such functions. In the event of such circumstances, information may be withheld until, in the opinion of a majority of members, the aforesaid circumstances no longer apply.

5. The vote to seal the minutes can happen either during or after the nonpublic session, but the result should be noted in the regular minutes.


Remote Access to Meetings

1. Member Participation and Attendance at Meetings
a. Except in an emergency, a quorum of the public body shall be physically present at the location specified in the meeting notice. RSA 91-A:2, III(b).

b. A member of the public body may participate in a meeting other than by attending in person at the location of the meeting only when attending in person is not reasonably practical. RSA 91-A:3(a). The reason for participation from some place other than the location of the meeting shall be stated in the minutes of the meeting. RSA 91-A:2, III(a).

c. Each member participating remotely, whether by phone, electronically, or otherwise, must be able to simultaneously hear each other member and speak to each other member during the meeting. The member participating remotely must also be audible or otherwise discernible to the public in attendance at the meeting’s location. RSA 91-A:2, III(c).

d. Any member participating remotely must identify all other persons present at the place from which the member is participating. RSA 91-A:2, III(c).

e. A member participating in a meeting remotely is deemed to be present at the meeting for purposes of voting.

f. All votes taken during a meeting in which any member participates remotely shall be by roll call vote. RSA 91-A:2, III(e). The Right-to-Know law does not explicitly require that every roll call vote be recorded member by member in the minutes. However, compliance with the roll call requirement should be documented.

2. Basic Meeting Requirements
a. No meeting shall be conducted by electronic mail or any other form of communication that does not permit the public to hear, read, or otherwise discern the meeting discussion contemporaneously at the meeting location specified in the meeting notice. RSA 91-A:2, III(c).

b. RSA 91-A:2, III(c) explicitly requires that when a member is participating remotely each part of a meeting required to be open to the public shall be as audible or otherwise discernible to the public as it would be if all members were participating in person.