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Nevada County: Two proposals received to run cash-strapped libraries

Dave Moller
Special to the Sun
Sun File PhotoRows of book at the Truckee Library.
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GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Two proposals were received to run Nevada County’s cash-strapped library system by the Thursday deadline imposed by officials.

As expected, Library Systems and Services of Germantown, Md., submitted a proposal to the six libraries. They are the largest known firm in the country that contracts with governments to run their library systems.

The other proposal was filed earlier by the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries. It calls for the group to run the Doris Foley Historical Library in Nevada City, but does not propose to operate the county’s other five facilities.

Library Associates Companies of Beverly Hills recently visited Nevada County for a meeting about the proposals, but did not submit one by deadline, according to the county’s web site.

A special committee of the Board of Supervisors is expected to look over the proposals to see whether they meet the county’s performance requirements.

The tentative schedule is for the board to approve or deny a contract in December, with management services to start in February, according to county documents.

Details of the proposal were not available. In their Frequently Asked Questions dealing with the library proposal process on MyNevadaCounty.com, county officials specify that and#8220;the content of the proposals will not be made public until the evaluation committee has completed its evaluation and made a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.and#8221;

If the committee recommends a proposal, and#8220;the contents of the proposals will not be disclosed until negotiations are complete, but prior to action by the Board of Supervisors.and#8221;

The supervisors decided to look at outsourcing management of the library system in October after County Executive Officer Rick Haffey said the system was looking at a $400,000 budget deficit for the 2010-11 year. That deficit could balloon to $2 million by 2012-13.

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