Ward County ends talk about library merger

It was a possibility that’s had been talked about since July of 2018.

“The idea was are we providing duplicate services to the same people if so is there a way to combine that and enhance services and also see some cost savings,” said Minot Public Library director Janet Anderson.

Both library directors discovered there would, in fact, be some savings. 

“The cost savings would be, would have been about six hundred and ten thousand dollars over ten years so roughly 60-thousand dollars a year,” said Anderson.

The plan was to make some expansion renovations on the inside of the Minot public library to accommodate the many more visitors they’d get.

“The Ward County location would have moved to the Minot location,” said Ward County Library Director, Kerrianne Boetcher.

If the merger went through the Ward County Bookmobile would have made more stops within city limits, but rural residents were concerned that this would be of no benefit to them.

While county commissioners halted the merger discussion, they tell me that enhancing services is something they’re on board with.

“Lets change the discussion to a cooperative discussion that talks about the assets of both agencies and how we can cooperatively get more services if that’s what we’re really looking for in the end,” said County Commissioner Shelly Weppler.

She adds maybe having that discussion instead of a merger would be better for both Minot and Ward County residents. 

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