The James River Valley Library System Board on Monday approved the last major building construction expenditure related to the Centennial Initiative.
The board approved 5-0 a $14,310 payment to Nill Construction Inc. for work on Alfred Dickey Public Library. Members Dar Jung and Roger Parsons were not present. Library system expenses so far this year total $22,000 in mostly building and maintenance costs related to the centennial, said Joe Rector, executive director of the library system.
“We have spent 17.9 percent of the budget to get ready for the Centennial Initiative and I am feeling we are really good where we’re at,” Rector said.
No major projects are scheduled for 2019 but there will be some work done including spring landscaping work from remaining federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he said.
Approximately 1,029 people were at Alfred Dickey Public Library during the centennial events Feb. 19-22, Rector said. There were 456 people who attended grand reopening events on Feb. 19 alone, he said.
The board welcomed new member Ramone Gumke, Stutsman County commissioner, who replaced Dale Marks as the commission member on the library board.
Member Jay Nitschke was appointed by the city of Jamestown for another three-year term.
Member Lynn Krueger has applied with Stutsman County to serve for another three-year term.
After discussion, the board consensus was that the long-term planning includes two options to either expand the existing library if and when that is possible, or to build or repurpose an existing site into a new library with an emphasis on technology and community spaces. Both options would keep Alfred Dickey Public Library open as a historical centerpiece with special collections.