Whitman County Library Board of Trustees
April 20, 2010
Present: Becky Dickerson, Jon Kehne, Teresa Myott, John Aune,
Leslee Miller, Kristie Kirkpatrick, and Peggy Bryan.
John Aune, board chair, called the special meeting to order
at 4:10 P.M. on the second floor of the U.S. Bank building,
adjacent to the library.
Kristie gave an update on the renovation project, noting the
skylight is complete and can be viewed from all three floors.
She invited board members to tour after the meeting. She thanked
John & Jane Aune for their generous donation to the building
project, providing new windows in the basement meeting room.
Board members also thanked John for the donation.
Kristie announced the new anticipated date of completion will
be May 24, according to George from Blews Construction. The tree
will be installed in the Hayden's Corner the following two
weeks. A tentative reopen date will most likely occur in July. A
grand opening may be pushed back to early fall.
Kristie spoke with an official from USDA today. She was
shocked to learn that WCL did not qualify for a grant, only a
loan on the renovation project. USDA failed to notify WCL, so
we've been pursuing it ever since.
Kristie discussed the Hamilton Building & Art Education
Center. A donor has made an offer on the building and would like
to donate it to the library district. She went on to review
Larry Kom's initial feasibility study and architect plans, both
of which are attached. She further discussed how the library
would use the building. The projected cost of renovating the
building is $490,000. She noted that the funds to renovate would
come from grants, donations, etc. An update of her plans, pros,
challenges and new pressing questions is attached.
John Kehne mentioned early payoff on our USDA Loan from 40 to
20 years. A loan repayment schedule is attached that he
presented. All agreed this is a great goal, regardless of the
A discussion followed and included issues regarding the tax
climate, consideration of county-wide opinions, and the timing
of the project. After a lengthy discussion, the board
recommended that Kristie investigate a contract that the
building would revert back to the donor should we not secure
grant funding. She will email her findings and the board will
vote via email on to proceed.
The next meeting will be May 11 at 4 p.m. in Colfax. With no
further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30
Bryan, Recording Secretary
Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director
M. Aune, Board Chair
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