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Library board votes to replace lights in library

The James River Valley Library System Board of Directors unanimously approved replacing all lights in Alfred Dickey Library within the next couple of years. The new lights will be light-emitting diode, or LED lights, which will save power costs a...

The James River Valley Library System Board of Directors unanimously approved replacing all lights in Alfred Dickey Library within the next couple of years. The new lights will be light-emitting diode, or LED lights, which will save power costs and energy.
The board also unanimously passed a motion on Monday to eliminate a back axle for the previously approved bid for a new bookmobile and to add air brakes to it.
The loss of the second axle will save the board $8,000, said Robert Parsons, board member in charge of bookmobile procedures. Because of the weight of the bookmobile, the vehicle will not need two axles in the back, he said.
The board also announced that the elevator has been completed, a project that cost around $57,000, said Joe Rector, library director. The original cost of the project was speculated to be around $52,000, but some extra amenities, including smoke detectors, a phone line and other electrical work added to the cost. Rector said the project was completed in mid-November.
Rector said that he hadn’t heard back from architect Elizabeth Meed of JLG Architects based in Fargo about interior plans to renovate the library, including recarpeting the building and updating wall coverings. Meed visited the library board in October to discuss an estimated $127,000 renovation, and Rector hopes to have renovations begin the first trimester of 2016.
Dale Marks, chair of the board, said his term was coming to an end in February, and said he will be reappointed to the position.
The board also unanimously passed a motion for a vote of confidence to John Chrastka, executive director for EveryLibrary, a company based in Illinois that helps libraries build voter support in their communities. Chraska was a guest at the board’s monthly November meeting.
Board members Jim Nyland and Gary Rife were absent.
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