Library Board Gets Update on Feasibility Study

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Published on June 5 2012 5:41 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Helen Matthes Library board members heard at their recent meeting that efforts continue to gauge public support for a new library location and the $5 million price tag involved in completing the project.

Myers and Jost Associates is the firm making contacts to judge support both for the project and for the amount of funding needed to complete it.

Library Director Amanda McKay said the research by the firm is ongoing.

McKay also reported on a novel approach to making a local library available in a community.  In the case of Valmeyer, the library and the local school joined forces.

Valmeyer is a small southwest Illinois community often hit by flooding.  Library officials decided to move the library up on the bluff and found a suitable site in the school building.  McKay said the school library is also the public library.

The library board met in closed session to discuss personnel, but took no action in open session.  Board members, though, did officially approve a change in Friday hours at Helen Matthes to 9am to 6pm.  The extended hours had been tried for several weeks before the official action was considered.

The Board also elected officers for the next term.  Suellen Reimers and Racheal Fearday will serve as co-presidents, Dannielle Harder as vice president, Jane Wise as secretary and Charlie Bovard as treasurer.