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Nevada County: Three committees have Jan. 25 deadline for library decision

Dave Moller
Sun News Service
Sun File PhotoThe Nevada County Library in Truckee.

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Three committees have been established to help direct the future of Nevada County’s libraries, with a Jan. 25 deadline for sending their recommendations to County Executive Officer Rick Haffey.

The committees will assess two proposals to run the county’s cash-strapped library system. One is from Library Systems and Services, of Maryland, to run the county’s six facilities: Libraries at Truckee, Grass Valley, Nevada City, the branches at Bear River High School and Penn Valley, and the Doris Foley Historical Research Library in Nevada City.

The other proposal is from the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries to operate the Foley facility for two days per week at the cost of the group.

The committees will look at the proposals and determine whether they fit the county’s needs, according to an in-house memo from Haffey. They also will look at alternative ways to deliver library services.

The staff committee will prepare a financial analysis of the proposals and alternatives, according to Haffey. The staff committee members are Assistant County Executive Officer Laura Matteson, Deputy County Executive Officer Joe Christoffel, Chief Information Officer Steve Monaghan, County Librarian MaryAnn Trygg and Purchasing Agent Mary Ross.

The special Library Management Model committee consists of mayors Reinette Senum of Nevada City, Lisa Swarthout of Grass Valley and Richard Anderson of Truckee, plus Jim Meshwart and Mike McDaniel.

The standing Citizens Oversight Committee will also have a chance to contribute to the solutions through members Diane Davis, Ruth Hall, Jack Ricks, Susan Pearson and Christine Trussler.