Grangeville Centennial Library Board Meeting Minutes
Mayor’s Conference Room – 215 W North St.
January 17, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
The meeting was called to order by Brennan Wright at 5:06 PM. Those present: Angie Norman, Susan Anderson, Gina Sobrero, Heidi Brown, Betty Nafziger, Michael Peterson, Brennan Wright, and Meleah McCulley. No one was absent.
No amendments were made to agenda.
Approve November 15, 2018 Board minutes ACTION ITEM
Angie moved and Brennan seconded to approve the board minutes from November 15, 2018. Motion passed.
The auditor is in town and is working on getting salaries recorded accurately. We will have the end-of-year report at the next meeting.
Grangeville Community Foundation Grant:
The library held two sessions of craft and reading activities during story time and after school for kids ages five and up. Ninety-seven kids participated in this event. The kids were excited to make presents for family members and friends.
Summer Reading 2019 “A Universe of Stories”:
We are planning our summer reading events geared towards the universe. The library will be planning 6weeks of activities at the city park. Some of the activities will be moon sand/rock, Saturn CD, galaxy in a jar, alien spaceship, and flashlight constellation. We are looking for someone to come and talk about the universe and everything related.
Let’s Talk About It:
The first book discussion was held January 15 at the Gallery with 20 attending. The first book was Bridge to Terabithia and the Scholar Nancy Casey led the discussion. Sandra Aiken and Gina represented the library.
Erin Nichols and Deputy Nichols read numerous books to the children during story time. The kids loved having a cop in the library! The Idaho Office of Emergency Management donated a box of books written by First Lady Lori Otter. Ida Prepares, a Year in Emergency Preparedness with Ida and Tank. This book helps children to understand Idaho’s unique threats, hazards and risks and how to be prepared and stay safe. We will hand these books out to patrons in 1st-3rd grade. SPPS and Cornerstone schools have been coming in once a week and utilizing the library. Heather Good donated $400.00 to be used for summer reading and we also applied for a summer stem grant. Art in the Park plans are getting started.
• Discussion on creating a library district ACTION ITEM
o Angie did not contact Fruitland library because she didn’t know what we are looking for. She thinks they joined an existing district and didn’t create a new one.
o Michael stated that the size of the proposed district is the size of the tax base.
o Meleah reviewed her notes from the November meeting. Why it would be helpful: expanding the tax base, looking toward the future—there is no room for expansion in the current facility. If we are a district, we would lose the city’s space, so the library would have to move, pay salaries, etc.
o Michael said there are 1700 residences within the city. There are 6000 in the county. He recommended going to assessor and determine what to charge homeowners. 95% of the county is federally owned.
o Angie was brainstorming about searching for another building when the topic of a new library district came up. The taxing district determines what amount is available. Cottonwood might be interested. Elk City might be interested. Whitebird might be interested. How much money would be needed to support a district?
o It costs $30 annually for out-of-town patrons to get a library card. How many are from Cottonwood?
o Meleah will ask Tonya how much the library costs city residents. The annual end-of-year report should give some additional information. Meleah will follow through with Tonya when the audit is finished. She will also talk with Heidi and Gina about city data. Meleah will also talk with assessor’s office regarding possible property values.
o Heidi will write up a statement on why out-of-town people pay for their cards.
o Angie stated the mil levy doesn’t really matter at this time. We would need to know property value in the proposed area and then figure what would be added by adding areas. In Hood River they have a few more people than Idaho County to compare what might be similar to our area. As she shared last meeting, a range of tax rates between $0.25-$0.73 per $1,000 property value.
o Meleah will ask Emily if she could come to our next meeting.
o No action taken at this time.
• Election of Officer-President ACTION ITEM
o We should have a president, vice-president, and a secretary.
o Angie nominated Meleah as president, Betty seconded. Motion passed.
Proposed agenda items for next meeting
Discussion on creating a library district
Action item: vice-president and secretary
Action item: Art in the Park
March 21, 2019
May 16, 2019
July 18, 2019
September 19, 2019
November 21, 2019
Meleah adjourned the meeting at 6:35 pm
Board Member Terms
Brennan expires 2020 (completing Dave’s term)
Angie expires 2021 (completing Serena’s term)
Susan expires 2021
Meleah expires 2022
Betty expires 2023