The Archbold Community Library Board talked about the passage of its 1.2-mill property tax levy during its Wednesday, Nov. 15 meeting.
Gerald Short, a board member, said he was very pleased with the response of voters in Ridgeville Township, who passed the levy with 56% of the vote.
Short explained many years ago (Editor’s note: 1969-70) the Ridgeville School District was closed.
The district was divided in two, with half of the students going to Archbold schools. The other half went to Napoleon.
Closing the school meant a loss of community life for Ridgeville Township residents.
“We were asking for a levy from Ridgeville for the Archbold Community Library. I am really pleased” that the levy passed in Ridgeville Township, said Short.
Based on election night returns, Ridgeville Township voters passed the levy 182- 140.
The small portion of Freedom Township that votes on Archbold school levies passed the levy as well, 5-4.
Joyce Klingelsmith, executive director, said it is the first time she can remember a library levy passing in all seven precincts in the school district: Archbold precincts 1, 2, and 3; Franklin Township, German Township, and ship, German Township, and Freedom and Ridgeville townships.
Klingelsmith said the library insurance agent was still working on developing proposals for next year’s policies.
He should have figures ready for the next board meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 pm, at the library.
In other business, board members were told a new copier has been purchased for public use.
Klingelsmith said the coinoperation device on the old copier had broken, and since parts are no longer made for it, it was time to replace it.
Sonya Huser, incoming library director, told the board the cost of the new machine is $4,437. Short asked about the availability of large-print books. Klingelsmith said the library circulates about 120 to 140 copies of large print books per month.
While the collection is small, she said the staff may be able to get large print books from other libraries.
The board approved issuing Huser a credit card for library-related purchases.
Cara Ulrich, board members was absent from the meeting.