Library Board Told to Not Expect Additional Money From County

The Sheridan County Library System might get a little over $1 million from Sheridan County in the coming year, but the library board can't expect more than that.

Sheridan County Commission Chairman Steve Maier in a meeting of the library board Wednesday said the county doesn't have enough money to go around in the year that starts on July 1. Library Director Cameron Duff said the bottom line of Maier's message was that the county has no more money to give to the library and, in fact, the projected $1 million-plus is subject to change.

Duff said one of the budget problems is that the library needs to replace one of its boilers, and the library roof needs to be replaced. He said Maier encouraged the library board to turn to the library foundation for help.

He said the cost of replacing the boiler has been estimated at around $75,000. He said the boiler can no longer be repaired, because parts are no longer available, and the company that originally provided the boiler is no longer in business.

In other action Wednesday, library trustees approved the 2017 Strategic Plan. Duff said the plan is for three years, and the next step is for library staff to develop individual, measurable goals. He said the goals will then be presented to the board of trustees.

He said some of the goals that are specific to the trustees deal with the long-term financial stability and capital improvement plans of the library system. He said those are documents that the board needs to work on. He said staff goals include customer service, programming and technology.

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