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Steps begin to merge Jamestown, Stutsman library services

Attorneys representing the City Council and Stutsman County Commission are collecting agreements from other communities in the state with combined libraries to serve as a guide in consolidating the two here.

Voters approved consolidation of city and county library services in the Nov. 4 election. According to state statute, a written agreement between the two governing bodies is the next step. The agreement will cover such areas as tax collection, personnel issues, administration of a joint fund, the size of the joint board and operating differences.

Once Stutsman County State's Attorney Fritz Fremgen and City Attorney Ken Dalsted have a draft put together, the two governing bodies will hash out the specific terms of the agreement. Then, after it's been signed, the City Council and County Commission will each appoint an equal number of board members.

County Commission Chairman Mark Klose sees no problem in coming to an agreement.

"It's another golden opportunity for us to work together," Klose said.

Mayor Clarice Liechty wants to make sure the members appointed to the joint board will move forward on construction of a new library. She believes that's what voters supported.

"I think the vote said they want to build a new library and they're willing to pay for it," Liechty said.

Read more in Wednesday's Sun

Sun reporter Toni Pirkl can be reached at (701) 952-8453 or by e-mail at