Rural library eyes land buy

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board will meet in executive session Thursday to discuss real estate matters.

The board will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the rural district’s service center conference room, 37 Jade Ave., in Walla Walla.

The executive session will be to consider selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase. The board will adjourn to public session to take any action that may derive from discussions in executive session.

The board had scheduled an executive session for 10:30 a.m. today, but members of the Library Users Coalition and a reporter for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin contested the meeting, saying it violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act.

According to Alasdair Stewart, Union-Bulletin city editor, the board had failed to provide the newspaper with a notice 24 hours in advance of the meeting, as required by law. The coalition also presented a letter to the board requesting they “cease and desist” from conducting any business or taking action due to the failure to notify the newspaper.

After consulting with their attorney, board members agreed to defer action for 24 hours to allow notification to be sent to the Union-Bulletin.

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RetiredinWW 2 years, 3 months ago

I would be willing to wager that the land is in College Place!

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0324633 2 years, 3 months ago

That would be great - totally blow the City of W. W.'s objection to a closer, competing library. Especially since the RLD has basically been providing new materials for the WWPL for a few decades. Sorry the RLD is being harassed over this decision to build a new facility to replace the leased space in Plaza Way and combine centralized technical services to better serve the county libraries.

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0324633 2 years, 3 months ago

The LUC announced the special executive session the night before so it wasn't much of a secret. They managed also know far enough in adavance to arrive with the press, a ceize and desist order (can't run those off as home), and their lawyer consultant whose's wife is a City Council member and has an vested interest in gaining access to the RLD's capital funds and using them to upgrade, expand and staff at the Walla Walla Public Library (so the City doesn't have to) while the City takes over the RLD Board. The City even was key in preparing the Declaration resolution which under the guise of promoting annexation (an excellant idea) happens to slip in the third paragraph a provision that Board membership be based on district jurisdiction according to population. Guess where 3 of the 5 Board members would come from? It is so sad to see the LUC group which started out in a good cause (annexation) so manipulated. "Who cares what happens to the 100 or so District employees", I heard last night. " I just care that I can go to the WWPL and check out books or dvds at my convenience!" [books/dvds purchased by the RLD bbecause the City hasn't provided enough in the last few years to do anything but pay salaries & benefits. Beware of all petitions you are asked to sign. Rural residents ae being hunted down.

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jcwestbrook 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad the rural library board listened, consulted their legal counsel, and made the appropriate, informed, decision. This is a good board of honest citizens trying to do the right thing.

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