The bidding process for renovating Alfred Dickey Library will include a contractor tour, according to the James River Valley Library System Board of Directors during its meeting Tuesday.

Contractors will take part in a walk-through on Tuesday, said Joe Rector, library director. The tour is a firsthand look at exterior and interior projects.

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JLG Architects will review bids and make recommendations at the March 19 Library Board meeting. The board will make a decision on the contractor at the meeting with a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture present as well, Rector said.

The first phase of the $550,000 Centennial Initiative was to replace the roof in 2017 and then repair the building's foundation in 2018, Rector said. Once the exterior work is completed the indoor work will include Tio tile, carpet, paint, lighting, artwork and shelving that is approximate to the original woodwork, he said.

Library Board members Mark Klose and Jim Nyland are stepping down after completing their term, Rector said. Klose and Nyland were not present at the meeting.

"We thank them very much for their wisdom and service," Rector said. "They've been a big help to the board."

Former Library Board member Charlotte Freeburg was recently reappointed as a Stutsman County representative on the board and attended Tuesday's meeting by phone. Freeburg was required to step down for one year after completing a previous term.

Former board member Dale Marks was reappointed to replace Klose in April. Another application for a board member is being reviewed by Stutsman County, Rector said.

Current board member Dar Jung has applied with the city of Jamestown for possible reappointment. Jung said she wanted to see the Centennial Initiative through to conclusion.

In his report, Rector said there were 5,869 library patrons served and 8,001 items used or checked out in January. This included 4,410 patrons at Alfred Dickey Library, 709 patrons at Stutsman County Library and 750 bookmobile patrons.

In other business, the Library Board:

• approved a one-year contract with Kennedy Consulting at $36 per hour. The contract has been renewed since 2013.

• approved a general fund balance of $20,000 transferred to the Centennial Initiative account.

• approved a request to Jamestown Community Foundation to transfer $136,319 from an anonymous gift to James River Valley Library System to be placed in the Centennial Initiative account.

(This story was corrected on Feb. 22, to clarify that the bidding process was already started and that the foundation work is planned for 2018.)