The North Bend Eagle


 

Done deal

Eight-year journey complete as city assumes ownership of new library

by Nathan Arneal
Published 10/23/13

It all started in the spring of 2005 when North Bend Library Board members Dorothy Mines and Carol Snover attended a library seminar in Fremont.

There they heard about several new libraries that were built in the area, including some in communities North Bend’s size, like Lyons.

Flowers for the libraryNorth Bend mayor Jeff Kluthe presents Library Board president Dorothy Mines a bouquet from the city. The Thanksgiving-themed arrangement is on display at the library.

Walking out of the meeting, a twinkle of a though began to formulate in the back of Mines’ mind.

“I got out of there and said, ‘We can do that,’” Mines told the Eagle. “The more I thought about it, I thought ‘Yes, we can.’ It was obvious we needed a bigger, more accessible place.”

About a month later, in May 2005, Mines began recruiting people to join a new group called Friends of the Library. In July she delivered her pitch to the 20 Friends who gathered at the first FOL meeting.

The Friends of the Library would evolve into a major fund-raising effort, with the money being turned over the Library Foundation. Dozens of volunteers would jump on board to take part in the fund-raising and designing efforts.

Mines put her money where her mouth was, donating $50,000 to the project. In honor of that gift, one of the rooms in the new library was christened the “Dorothy Mines and Family Children’s Room.”

By March 2011, the Library Foundation had exceeded its goal of $1.2 million. Construction began in June 2011, and the North Bend Public Library made the move into its new home the following April, opening its doors to the public for the first time on April 30, 2012.

Throughout the construction phase, the Foundation owned the building and leased it to the city, who still oversaw and funded the library’s daily operations, for a dollar a year. Now that the Foundation was debt free, it was time for the next step.

At last Tuesday’s city council meeting, the process came full circle. The library board presented the council with a library acceptance agreement, a bill of sale and deed for the new building. The council accepted these documents, giving ownership of the library once again to the City of North Bend.

Members of the library board were there to witness the hand over, including Mines, the board’s president.

“You guys did a great job on everything,” mayor Jeff Kluthe told the board. Members of the city council echoed the sentiment.

Kluthe then presented a Thanksgiving-themed floral arrangement to Mines, the person who started it all.

“This is a big deal for me,” Mines said.

Mines then presented the bouquet to head librarian Amy Reznicek. The arrangement is currently decorating the library near the Mines children’s room.
In other business at the Oct. 15 city council meeting:

• Library board member Dan Watts told the city council the board will soon have to start seeking a replacement for librarian Joyce Ruzicka, who is retiring at the end of the year. Watts received permission to start the search using applications the board already had on hand from its recent search to replace former head librarian Amy Williams.

• The council accepted the lone bid it received for snow removal. Lux Sand and Gravel will do the work for $125 and hour for moving snow and $110 an hour for hauling it.

• Kluthe administered the first of three reading of Ordinance 523, the nuisance abatement program.

• Gene Ruzicka addressed the council on his concerns about drainage in his neighborhood, the Flamme Addition on the west side of town. In particular, an area that backs up near the Lutheran Church that drains slowly.

He asked about an easement to clean out a drainage area that would allow the water to drain more quickly. He said he measured about five inches of drop from the curb to the ditch.

Kluthe said he had already talked to property owner and she said she would allow the city to do some dirt moving to clean out the drainage area..

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