WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Rural Library District -- which has been criticized heavily this year for failing to work out an agreement with the city and moving forward with plans for a new branch -- will soon have an opening on its Board of Trustees.
On Dec. 31, Board Chair Sandra Bradley will complete her final term. Board members are limited to two five-year terms.
The County Rural Library Board of Trustees manages a littel more than $1 million that is received yearly through a countywide taxing district of non-incorporated areas.
It funds and operates five branches throughout in the same area and is expected to begin construction of a new suburban Walla Walla branch and headquarters as early as next year.
The development of the proposed suburban Walla Walla branch has spawned controversy this year and led members of the Library Users Coalition to twice ask County Commissioners to replace all board members. County commissioners did not act on the requests on advice from legal staff.
Rural Library District board members set policies for branch libraries, establish both short-term and long-term goals and determine how to spend levied property taxes, among other duties.
The board meets monthly, usually at the various branch locations throughout the county, and meeting travel costs and other expenses are reimbursable.
Applications are available the County Commissioners Office, 314 W. Main St., Room 203; online and at www.co.walla-walla.wa.us; or by calling the office at 524-2505.
Completed application packets are due Dec. 20.