Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees Meeting
Colfax Branch
September 21, 2010


Present: Jon Kehne, Teresa Myott, John Aune, Becky Dickerson, Leslee Miller, Kristie Kirkpatrick, and Peggy Bryan.

John Aune, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. The minutes of the previous meetings were reviewed. Jon made a motion to accept the minutes and Becky seconded. The motion carried.

Peggy presented the financial reports. She presented vouchers #10739 & 10762-10787 totaling $9,286.81 from the general fund and vouchers #1052-1054 from the construction fund. Becky made a motion to approve the vouchers for payment. Leslee seconded and the motion passed. She also reviewed the construction fund deposits and expenditures to date. A discussion followed the progress of the construction project, issues to be resolved and USDA requirements.

Kristie presented the circulation reports for August. She noted that circulation is almost back to normal in Colfax, just slightly down for August. Malden, Palouse, Oakesdale, Farmington, Uniontown and Rosalia had increases. She noted increases in website visits and volunteer hours were extremely high as were the cataloging statistics.


Kristie continued the update on the Colfax building. She noted that Larry Kom said he sent paperwork to USDA. She noted the building is not completely for off hours usage as was specified during the design phase. Kristie hopes to present new meeting room procedures and policies at the next meeting.

Kristie had little to report on the Hamilton Building. The $60,000 offer was rejected and the Cox’s countered at $90,000. There have been rumors of others interested in the building. Another donor may help fund the project with a $15,000 donation. The major donor needs a decision on the building by October.

Kristie reported that Endicott filed a USDA Grant application. She has committed to help Endicott fund raise $25,000 for the project. She will meet with Sue Bafus, Barb Strader and Caroline Morasch to brainstorm fund raising ideas. Kathy McMorris-Rodgers sent a letter of support for the project.


Peggy presented the 2011 Budget for the general library fund. She reviewed line items with changes. A discussion followed. Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept the budget. Leslee Miller seconded and the motion passed.

Doug Stubbe will be the library supporter of the month for September. He assisted with shelving, cleaning, supervising inmates, deleting books and all around handyman in preparation for the library opening.

Kristie announced that Clancy Pool received a WLA fellowship related to serving library customers who are in their fifties and sixties. Clancy attended the training in Portland recently. Kristie also praised Patti Cammack who recently presented at the WLA/PNLA Conference in Victoria, B.C. on the library’s Rural Heritage project. WCL’s Rural Heritage is consistently first or second in statewide website visits. Ginny Pittman was awarded WLA Library friend of the year for 2010. Patti accepted the award on her behalf at the conference.

Kristie reviewed summer reading statistics. Malden Palouse, Rosalia, St. John, Tekoa and Oakesdale had increases in attendance. Colfax attendance dropped, most likely due to the construction and all programs at the park.

Kristie announced grant projects for 2010-11 include Rural Heritage, Renew Washington, WORC and Supporting Student Success. She also shared the new logo and website changes that were funded through previous grant awards.

Kristie attended the quarterly meeting of Mayors in Oakesdale recently. She noted the contact with the mayors is positive and informative. First Wind presented information on potential wind turbines in Whitman County and the financial impact it would have. A consultant estimated the wind turbines would generate more property taxes for the county.

Dick Pugh, field scientist and Meteorite guru will present a program in the libraries in St. John, Palouse and Colfax on October 11-13. The programs are funded with a NASA Grant and $15,000 worth of meteorites will be on display.

Danica Wixom will be the featured artist at the next Meet the Artist at 7 pm on Oct. 7. She is a WSU student who began painting at the age of nine. Quilter Margaret Miller was the featured artist at the September 9 meeting. It was a huge success for the first meeting since the library re-opened, approximately 70 attended.

Kristie gave everyone an information sheet on legislative district #9 services. She noted that WCL is listed in almost every category as receiving grants and services from WSL.

The next meeting will be October 19 with the meeting place to be determined. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15.

Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director

John M. Aune, 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.