If you are interested in how libraries are established in this state, you may view the Revised Code of Washington at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=27.12. Libraries of all types are discussed in Title 27. Chapter 27.12 discusses county, intercounty, and island libraries. This includes code regarding Trustee appointment, contracting, annexation and many other aspects of library establishment and administration.
The Central Skagit Library is seeking to find a permanent facility. In our explorations for property, we began feasibility studies on a property on HWY 20 within the city limits of Sedro-Woolley. Shortly after we began those feasibility studies, the City of Sedro-Woolley adopted Ordinance 1827-15, which established a moratorium on the locating of any public uses in the city's mixed commercial zone. This ordinance will not allow the Central Skagit Library to locate anywhere in the mixed commercial zone along the HWY 20/Cook Road corridor.
There will be a public hearing at City Hall on December 9th at 7:00pm. At this time, I have not been able to find this public notice to link to on the City of Sedro-Woolley's website. However, typically interested parties may comment either in person or in writing by submitting to the City Council at 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 by the date of the hearing.
Representatives of the Central Skagit Library will speak at this public hearing in hopes of getting relief from this ordinance in order to continue exploring options for a facility that will be conveniently located for our patrons while also drawing people into the City of Sedro-Woolley.
I've put together an informational document about the library district's creation and the timeline of activities. This document also discusses accomplishments and the direction we wish to take as we move forward. I am also including a link to the Record of Proceedings from the Public Hearing which took place on September 4, 2012 regarding the creation of the Rural Partial County Library District: http://skagit.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1243
Every year the Washington State Library publishes statistics from public libraries in the state. These statistics provide information on library income, expenses, services, service populations, library square footage and much more. I thought this document might help citizens understand more about how libraries function as well as provide comparisons of our library district and others in Skagit county and around the state. From this information I created a smaller spreadsheet that pulled together some of this information in a more manageable sized document. You can find the 2014 Annual Statistics at http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/library/libraries/libDev/2014stats.pdf. Click here for a smaller document that presents the same spreadsheet filtered to only show the Skagit county libraries.
It was brought to our attention that some district residents feel that the way the name of the district is stated on the tax bills is not transparent because the name is so long that the word library does not show up. How the tax assessor lists taxing districts on the tax bills is not something the Board of Trustees has any control over. We are sorry for any confusion that this may have caused, but, unfortunately, it is not something that we can change.
There will be a Special Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees to discuss real estate on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 9am at 100 W State Street Suite C in Sedro Woolley.
We now have over 2000 physical items in our library! Come check out all of our books, audiobooks, and DVDs for both children and adults. Visit us weekdays between 10:00am and
Meeting Date Change:
The Board of Trustees will hold their next regular monthly meeting Wednesday, October 14th at 7pm in the library office. Everyone is encouraged to attend the board meetings.