Library hours, ’13 legislative agenda on board’s docket


Increasing both hours and days of service at Washington County Library branches and the county’s proposed 2013 legislative positions are among issues the Board of Commissioners will discuss at workshops Tuesday.

In January, WCL branches were closed Sundays and Mondays and some branches had hours adjusted after the WCL lost a levy revenue of more than $250,000 when Lake Elmo pulled out of the county system to start a city-run library.

Despite the January cuts, the WCL Board and library officials said they would take a second look at reversing some cuts if revenue was available. The WCL Board is scheduled to discuss increased hours and days of operations during their meeting tonight at the WCL administration office in the lower level of Woodbury Central Park.

WCL Director Patricia Conley will explain the WCL Board’s position at a workshop with commissioners.

At a separate workshop, commissioners will discuss issues that county administrators expect will be addressed at the 2013 state legislative session.

Commissioners hold a third workshop Tuesday with Public Works Department representatives to discuss the U.S. Highway 61 and County State Aid Highways 4 and 4A projects.

Prior to the workshops, commissioners will recognize national awards presented to two county departments. Washington County Parks Director John Elholm presents the county with an award for the Lake Elmo Park Reserve ski trail lighting project from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials.

The ski trail project added more than 200 light fixtures using LED bulbs that allow park visitors to use the ski trails and enjoy the night sky.

Conley presents information on two National Association of Counties (NACO) awards for the WCL’s community partnership project. The award focuses on the WCL’s work replacing the Marine on St. Croix and Newport branches with community reading rooms and secure kiosk systems in Marine, Newport and Hugo.

Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. in the fifth floor boardroom at the Stillwater Government Center. The meeting is open to the public.