Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees Meeting
Colfax Branch
April 17, 2012


Present: Teresa Myott, Jon Kehne, Bob Bates, Chuck Petras, Kristie Kirkpatrick, James Morasch and Peggy Bryan.

Jon Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:01 p.m. Jon asked for additions or modifications; there were none.

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Teresa Myott made a motion to accept the minutes, Bob Bates seconded and the motion carried. Becky Dickerson joined the meeting.

Peggy presented the financial reports through March 31, 2012. She presented payment voucher resolution #04-12 totaling $78,642.41. Becky Dickerson motioned to approve the resolution; Chuck Petras seconded and the motion carried.

Kristie presented the circulation reports for March. Overall traditional circulation was down by 2029. She noted that LaCrosse and Uniontown had increases. EBooks usage increased at 487. The Database Activity report now includes Consumer Reports, which has high usage. The library facebook has also been popular.

CONTINUED BUSINESS: Kristie discussed the basement stairs at Colfax. She said that several people of fallen, although none seriously injured. A black rubber toe step was installed at the edge of the steps and a hand rail will be installed in the middle of the steps. The McGregor Company will make the handrail at a cost of approximately $700.

Kristie and James went to Endicott Library and made plans for the library moving into the temporary quarters in the Endicott City Hall sometime in May. She anticipates that the project will go out to bid in May, with the Town of Endicott handling the paperwork.

Kristie reported that there has not been any progress in Lamont in completing their building nor in the annexation paperwork.

Peggy reported that the LaCrosse Market which will house the new Library is progressing rapidly. The LaCrosse Community Pride hopes to have the building done in June, possibly in time for the LaCrosse Farmers Festival.

NEW BUSINESS: Kristie reported that the penny drive continues. Peggy shared the story of the anonymous donor in Malden who donated $392. Kristie asked if the board would pose for a photo with a piggy bank at the end of the meeting.

Kristie announced that the supporter of the month for April was the Thrifty Grandmothers, who so generously support the library and projects throughout the county. The award was presented at the Friends Appreciation Luncheon on April 10. She Thanked Bob Bates for doing a nice job of thanking the Friends of WCL and representing WCL Board. She also thanked Peggy and the staff who made the event possible.

James Morasch presented a library technology report. He discussed the Noanet and the fiber project throughout the county. He has been working closely with Ron Glessner of the Port of Whitman in organizing the ‘final mile’. The fiber line is being installed from Walla to Spokane. The dedicated network will serve several library branches, including Colton, Uniontown, Albion, Colfax, Palouse, Garfield, Oakesdale, Tekoa and Rosalia. The increased speed will serve our branches well. NoahNet will then disperse Internet to ISP’s, who will then sell/disperse Internet service. NoahNet is a public utility, not for profit. They received a $148 million state-wide Federal Grant through ARRA & BTop funding, with $27 million for the Walla Walla to Spokane portion. The anchor institutions for this project include libraries, schools and hospitals. Kristie thanked James for his expertise and assistance with this project. James left the meeting.

Peggy presented updates to the policy manual on HIPPA, FMLA/FLA and COBRA, Resolution #05-12. After a brief discussion, Becky Dickerson made a motion to approve resolution #05-12. Chuck Petras seconded and the motion passed.

Kristie shared a 9th Legislative District, direct services to local libraries sheet. She noted that WCL has received several grants from WSL and ranked 5th in the state for grants. She noted the impact that grants have had at WCL, making a difference for our library and customers. She said WCL is in the process of applying for more grant funding and is excited about the possibilities. One grant is a Rural Heritage Grant that involves partnering with schools. WCL will be partnering with NPL on an EReader Grant also.

Kristie thanked Bob Bates for attending the WSU Presentation next week on the survey results for the 50+ Grant with Peggy and Clancy.

Kristie announced that there will be a Composting Workshop at the library on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Judi Gray will be hosting the event at 7:00 p.m. in the Norma McGregor Meeting Room.

Kristie announced that there will be art classes in the Hamilton Building this summer. The Colfax Arts Council plans to host a pre-loved art sale in the building during the Hulluballo this fall.

Kristie announced that the all staff Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Board members are welcome to attend lunch or the meeting, but were asked to let Kristie know.

Kristie discussed the May board meeting, noting that she is gone a couple of weeks and will be busy with the annual meeting, etc. She asked if the board would consider not meeting in May; board members were in agreement to not meet in May. The next meeting will be June 19th, possibly in LaCrosse if the library is done. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:05.

 Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Jon Kehne, Board Chair

For more information, contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.