County delays vote on library contracts

Subtitle: Official did not give data on book, other media purchases
Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Bethany Rodgers
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Date Published: 07/13/2012

When a county library official reported that he could not provide data about upcoming purchases of books and other media, elected officials read his response as evasive. Approval of contract awards to 13 vendors was delayed for a week, allowing library staff to fill in some of the blanks that were particularly bothersome to Commissioner Billy Shreve. The Thursday discussion about money and books was the latest instance of friction between Darrell Batson, director of Frederick County Public Libraries, and Shreve, who has scrutinized library spending and questioned the need for new branches. “It’s more difficult communicating with him (Batson) than anyone else,” Shreve said in a Thursday phone interview. “When I ask a question of Darrell, in some cases, he doesn’t want to provide the answer.” Batson says he can’t give details he doesn’t have.