In order to provide library patrons with an alternative means of satisfying a library fine obligation, theLibraryDirectormay approve an individualized program of library service in lieu of cash payment of a fine.
A request to discharge a library fine by providing authorized library service in lieu of cash payment will be initiated by an inquiry from the library patron with the fine obligation.
A member of the library staff will determine if there is an appropriate project for the library patron to undertake. The nature and scope of the proposed library project will be reviewed by theLibraryDirector, whose approval is required before any library service project is begun.
Supervision of the patron’s library service project will be provided by members of the library staff. Scheduling of the dates and times for the performance of the library project require the prior approval of the library staff person providing the supervision.
A member of the library staff may terminate the library service project at any time, with verbal notice to the library patron providing the service. Reasons for terminating a library service project may include inability of the library staff to sustain patron supervision, unsatisfactory performance of the project by the patron, lack of feasibility or appropriateness of project not foreseen at the time of original assignment by the library staff.
If a project is terminated, the patron remains responsible for the remainder of his/her fine obligation after the value of the library service project performed has been calculated and deducted from the total fine obligation.
Libraryservice projects will be valued at minimum wage per hour of service performed, for purposes of calculating the reduction and/or elimination of the outstanding patron fine. No other form of compensation may be provided to a library patron for the performance of library service project assignments.
It is the intention of theLibraryBoard of Trustees to make this library service program in lieu of fine collection available to library patrons in order to provide an alternative opportunity of discharging a community obligation, similar to the program already existing at the library for assignees of the Lincoln County Court System.