Mullens said Britt and Councilman James Sibold were made ex officio members of the board, "and we made sure they had full voting rights. Unfortunately, at the next meeting of the board, they were attempting to upgrade their bylaws and one update was to not allow council members to have a voting role. We reacted and had a meeting last week. They acknowledged the fact they were incorrect."
The city's elected officials are the people who are ultimately responsible to the taxpayers, Mullens said. "Your mayor was his normal blunt self" at the meeting, he said. "It was initially a pretty serious scenario to the point of talking about getting rid of the board and taking it over.
"I thought they were very understanding, very apologetic," he said. "I believe it was a misunderstanding, not done with malice. We're all on the same page now."
Patricia Brown, who became library director earlier this year, said one of her goals upon arriving in South Charleston was to update the library's bylaws.
"I apologize," she said to council. "When I was doing the bylaws, I did not have access to city council. I did not know this ordinance had been in existence and some of our board members were not aware. I'm ashamed to admit that. But our communications has improved. We did not do it intentionally.
"I do apologize to council members, our board and community, and I will work to make sure this does not happen again."
Also during the meeting, council approved Mayor Mullens' appointment of Mellow Lee to the library board. Lee takes the seat previously occupied by Phillis Shawber, who died earlier this year.
In other action, council: