Library Board to Meet Early on Budget

Sheridan County Library System trustees will meet early next month to consider a budget that includes an extra $75,000 to repair a boiler at Sheridan Fulmer Public Library.

Library Director Cameron Duff said the board will meet on July 5 instead of July 19 in order to approve the budget in a timely manner. In an interview with Sheridan Media after the board meeting Wednesday, Duff said trustees will consider a budget that would be for $1.42 million but that has been boosted to just under $1.5 million at the request of Sheridan County commissioners.

Commissioners are expected to contribute just over $1 million to the library system from the county's general fund, and another $110,000 in optional 1 percent sales tax revenues. But, Duff said, the county's contribution is contingent on the final county budget.

Also at the July 5 meeting, trustees will consider bids for the repair of the boiler. Duff said the boiler, which consists of three units, went out in May because one of the units is rusted and leaking. At Wednesday's meeting, he told trustees that requests for proposals have gone out and are due at the July meeting.

Duff said all three units were installed at the same time, in 1985, and the boiler heats about half of the library building, including the children's area. All three of the units will be replaced, but the issue is complicated because the company that originally made the boiler no longer exists, and parts for the boiler are no longer available. Duff said any parts that need to be replaced will have to be custom-made.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, Duff said a new library web site is currently under construction.

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