Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees Meeting
Colfax Branch
December 13, 2012


Present: Jon Kehne, Chuck Petras, Bob Bates, Becky Dickerson, Kristie Kirkpatrick, Peggy Bryan. Steve Balzarini was also present as a guest.

Jon Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 1:25 p.m. He asked for additions or modifications; there were none.

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

Peggy presented the financial reports through November 30, 2012. She presented payment voucher resolution #20-13 totaling $64,579.19. Becky Dickerson motioned to approve the resolution; Chuck Petras seconded and the motion carried.

Kristie reported on the circulation statistics for November 2012 feeling the numbers were strong. System-wide traditional circulation had a slight decrease with strong gains in Colfax and Garfield. Attendance at kids programs, computer usage and eBook downloads saw increases. In looking at the overall usage of library materials and programs, she does not anticipate budgetary modifications for 2013.

CONTINUED BUSINESS: Jon Kehne reported that he spoke to Whitman County Assessor Joe Reynolds. The current assessed levy rate is $.485 per thousand, dropping below the $.50 rate. The rate will continue to decrease each year due to the Tim Eyman sponsored initiative, unless the library asks voters for a levy lid lift. The library district will also see an increase in property taxes of approximately $34,000 to $36,000 in 2014 due to the windmills in the Oakesdale area. After that, property taxes will drop back down with a $340 to $360 increase (1% revenue of the $36,000.)

Kristie announced that Endicott Library construction is set to begin January 3, 2013. LaCrosse Market construction is nearing completion and she anticipates the library will move into the building sometime after the first of the year. Library service to Lamont residents has begun with a book drop placed in the town and residents being invited to obtain cards and utilize existing branch and online services. She announced that the USDA Grant funding for the Malden Branch computing center with Wired or Wireless is ending soon. The current 60 hours a week will be reduced to 4 hours a week.

NEW BUSINESS: Kristie announced that the library applied for a Social & Health Services Grant. If successful, the $14,800 grant will give each branch an additional computer and a scanner to allow residents to apply for benefits and submit documents within their own communities.

Kristie shared the student developed plans for the CEC Building that resulted from the WSU Rural Communities Design Initiative project. Four students developed plans for the building that would best meet the needs of the community. Each plan had a different focus, giving several options to consider. Kristie also said that WSU associate architecture professors have volunteered to do pro-bono preliminary plans for the building. She has also solicited the help of a grant writer to assist with this project.

Kristie welcomed Steve Balzarini to the board! She expressed her gratitude to Jon Kehne for all of his many contributions to the board over the last ten years. He will be sorely missed.

The January board meeting will be January 15th in Colfax. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:50.

 Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Teresa Myott, 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.