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Prices in for Westchester Library improvements

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Prices are in for improvements at the Westchester Public Library’s Thomas Branch and Baugher Center.

Library Director Lisa Stamm is in the process of requesting an additional appropriation from WPL’s Library Improvement Reserve Fund (LIRF) to start work on a series of improvements, including replacing the staff doors at the Thomas Branch and a reconstruction of the Baugher Center patio.

Stamm reported the best prices on the work came back as $21,977.91 for the Baugher Center patio, from Patio Pros, and $15,953.85 for the Thomas staff doors, from Tri-State Door Solutions.

WPL has worked with both companies before, Stamm said. Her total additional appropriation request will be $37,931.76.

Non-resident Fee

The Board approved a renewal of WPL’s non-resident card fee, as it does annually.

A member of the public, Cheryl Bartholomew, of Liberty Township, was concerned about the fee. Board Attorney Terry Hiestand made a reminder that the fee almost never applies to people who live in Duneland.

Hiestand said “non-residents” of Westchester Township can have access to WPL as long as they have a library card from a library that has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with WPL. This is most, if not all, nearby libraries.

Dunelanders in Jackson and Liberty Townships can get a WPL card as long as they have a Porter County Library card, for example, according to Hiestand.

Hiestand has previously told the Chesterton Tribune, that the fee mostly applies to people living out-of-state. He said last night that having a non-resident fee is a requirement of state law.

“We have never collected one for many, many years because usually everyone has some sort of opportunity through reciprocal borrowing,” Hiestand said.

Librarian’s Report

Stamm reported WPL staff are “busily preparing” for summer reading, and patrons of all ages are “challenged” to join summer reading to stay sharp and potentially win prizes.

Stamm also reported that more than 50 WPL staff members attended CPR/AED training by the Chesterton Fire Department on April 24. Staff will continue to be retrained every two to three years, as recommended by CFD.

Stamm followed up on Board member concerns that new lights in the parking lot across the street from the main parking lot may cause light pollution or bother nearby residents. Stamm said she confirmed that the new light fixtures, to be installed by Ellis Electric, are designed to direct 90% of the light downward.
The spring Friends of the Library book sale netted $4,400.01.

WPL received a donation of $150 from Delta Theta Tau.

Board member Nick Tilden was reappointed to the WPL Board by his appointing authority, the Duneland School Board.

In April, 33,432 people visited WPL. WPL presented 96 programs that garnered 1,628 attendees. 534 people used Library meeting rooms.


Posted 5/10/2019




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