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New Library Director Being Hired

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Library Board Expects To Have New Director In Place By March

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Glenwood is expected to have its new public library director in place by the end of February.

In a report to the Glenwood City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, Glenwood Library Board member Gary Johnson said a person has been selected to replace Angela Campbell, who is leaving the post in mid-February after accepting a position as the director of the public library system in Rock Island, Ill.

Johnson said the person selected to replace Campbell has more than 10 years of library experience and a master’s degree in library science. City administrator Brian Kissel said a background check has been completed. The identity of the new director has yet to be revealed.

Johnson said during the interim period when the library is without a director, the current youth service and adult service librarians will manage the library with assistance and input from members of the board of directors.

In another library-related matter, Kissel told council members the city will be accepting bids until Friday Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. from engineering firms that are interested in overseeing the brick restoration work and roof replacement project this spring at the library. An additional aspect of the project will be the relocation of the rooftop air conditioning units to ground level. The council is expected to select an engineering firm for the project at its next regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Other agenda items from last week’s city council meeting:

* Glenwood Fire Chief “Butch” Fidler gave a state of the fire and rescue department report to the council.
In 2012, Fidler said the departments responded to 1,607 calls. Thirty-seven of the calls were for fires, including four or five of a structural nature. Fidler said the departments have 17 volunteers on their rosters with a potential for up to 37.

Glenwood Rescue has two full-time crews with an annual payroll of $450,000. Fidler said the department is currently looking for a new health insurance carrier following a 32.6-percent increase in premium rates. He said the rescue department has a 78-percent collection success rate on its billings and is also doing the billing work for Oak Township and Silver City.

Prior to Fidler’s report, the council approved one-year 28-E agreements between Glenwood Fire and Rescue and Platteville, Lyons, Oak, Glenwood and Center Townships.

* Kissel reported on Black Hills Energy’s plans to begin wireless readings of its meters in Glenwood. The energy company will be installing solar panels at the corner of Gateway Drive and near the intersections of Louise Ave. and East Florence, Fourth and Elm streets and Green and Grove streets.

* Council member Cheryl Evans told fellow council members the Glenwood Park Board will be assuming mowing and maintenance responsibilities this year at the city’s athletic fields. The duties were previously under the jurisdiction of the Glenwood Public Works Department.

Evans said about $14,000 will be shifted from the public works department to the park board to fund the maintenance work. The new arrangement is being implemented on a trial basis this year and will be subject to review, Evans said.