Board of Trustees Meeting
July 21, 2009
Present: Rebecca Dickerson, Leslee Miller, John Aune, Kristie
Kirkpatrick, Jon Kehne and Peggy Bryan.
Guests: Larry Kom, Yesenia Amaro (Daily News Reporter),
Jeslyn Lemke (Whitman County Gazette Reporter) and David Yu.
John Aune, board vice-chair, called the meeting to order at
4:02 p.m. John asked for additions or modifications to the
CONTINUED BUSINESS: Larry Kom reported that USDA funding was
approved and that plans are proceeding with the Colfax building.
He reviewed the tentative schedule for the remodel. He will be
discussing reworking some of the details of the plans with the
staff. He reported that the library received five asbestos
abatement bids, with the lowest bid coming from Summit
Environmental, Inc. in Post Falls, Id. He talked with Summit
Environmental and believed their bid was solid. Larry
recommended that the board accept their bid. He also mentioned
that Whitman Hospital had worked with them and were very
pleased. Jon Kehne made a motion to accept the bid from Summit
Environmental, Inc. of $19,705.00, not including tax. Becky
Dickerson seconded and the motion passed.
David Yu joined the meeting. Kristie welcomed David and
showed everyone the "Little Library that Could" video
clip that David produced for the library. She presented David
with the Library Supporter of the Month award for his efforts in
producing and creating this video. She thanked him for the great
job he did on this, noting that it tells the library story well.
David has been a library user for many years, using computers,
resources and information to help him further his education. He
will be attending Yale University this fall.
Kristie discussed the levy lid lift and resolution for a
special election, handing out information sheets. She
recommended the levy lid lift to the board, explaining that it
is necessary to ensure that library operations remain at the
current levels. Kristie compared WCL statistics to other
libraries our size in the 2006 Washington State Statistical
Report, noting the high open hours, high program attendance and
low salaries. Over the last past 8 years, the cost of running
the library has regularly outpaced local revenues by 9.7%. The
library has written grants to offset the higher costs. The levy
lid lift would restore the tax to $.50 per thousand from the
current $.4480 per thousand. The owner of a $100,000 home would
see an increase of $5.20 per year, with their overall payment
for library rising from $44.80 to $50 per year. The resolution,
if passed must be at the Auditor's office by August 11 to be on
the November ballot. If approved, the tax collection would occur
in 2010. Because there are a number of measures on the November
ballot, the cost to the library district would likely be less
than $5000. A brief discussion followed. John Aune asked Kristie
if she could prepare a fact sheet of library usage and stats.
Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept Resolution #07-09,
calling for a special election. Leslee Miller seconded and the
Kristie discussed stimulus Broadband funding opportunities to
underserved areas at Whitman County. Libraries in Washington are
scrambling to apply. Indications are that bigger projects
involving more entities and monies will be higher on the
priority list. She has been working with Internet Providers and
the Port to apply for fiber and community computing centers to
collaborate on this project. August 14th is the deadline for the
first round of applications.
Kristie reported that the Rural Heritage Project will be
partnering with many local agencies and Scott Barrie of Creative
Image to produce the exhibit. $9000 was received from the
Whitman County Historic Preservation project and $8500 from
Washington State Library for a LSTA Grant. She shared brochures
and photos from the project.
Kristie discussed an Interlocal agreement with Whitman County
regarding a Small Works Roster. The Interlocal agreement would
allow the library to use Whitman County's small works and
professional services rosters for the purchase of materials,
equipment, supplies and contracting with consultants. Jon Kehne
made a motion to accept the Interlocal agreement. Becky
Dickerson seconded and the motion passed.
Kristie discussed the establishment of the Paradise Creek
Revitalization Area and the option to opt-out on the use of our
local property tax allocation revenues for the LFR. By opting
out, WCL will receive the property taxes from the Pullman-Moscow
corridor Paradise Creek Revitalization area. After a discussion,
Jon Kehne made a motion to accept Resolution #09-09 Opting out
of allowing the use of all of its local property tax allocation
revenues for local revitalization financing. Becky Dickerson
seconded and the motion passed.
Kristie gave a summer reading update, sharing photos and a
list of sponsors countywide. She praised Kate Lyle for her
article in the Daily News and shared it with the board. She
encouraged board members to complete the adult summer reading
forms that would show their support & advocacy of library
programs. Leslee Miller reported that she had completed the
Kristie announced the Voter Forum, sponsored by the League of
Women Voters on Wednesday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. She encouraged
Board members to attend and to tell others about the event.
Although a board meeting is not usually scheduled in August
(per WCL policy), Kristie recommended that the Board meet in
August to discuss building and budget issues. The board
concurred. Possible dates were discussed and the board agreed
that Tuesday, August 18th at 4 p.m. was the best date.
Monthly Business The minutes of the June meeting were
reviewed. Leslee Miller made a motion to accept minutes, Jon
Kehne seconded and the motion passed. Kristie thanked Becky for
recording the minutes.
Peggy presented Resolution #08-09 to cancel outstanding
warrants and requested by the Whitman County Treasurer's Office.
Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept Resolution #08-09. Jon
Kehne seconded and the motion passed.
Peggy reviewed the Financial Reports; Budget, Account
Balances, Capital Reserve Budget, and March vouchers #9964-10011
totaling $24,093.53. Board members signed to authorize payment.
Kristie reviewed circulation reports for June. Library
circulation has increased by 13% from the previous year - noting
that libraries continue to be very busy. Computer use increased
by 13% and attendance at children's programs increased by 27%.
Database usage was down 20% and website usage remained even.
With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:18.
The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, August 18th at 4 p.m.
at the Colfax Branch.
Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary
Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director
Teresa Myott, Board Chair
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