By JEFF SCHULTZ
The Westchester Public
Library Board of Trustees is considering asking the Duneland School
Corporation for a long-term lease of the Brown Mansion for the Township
The lease was discussed at
the board’s meeting Thursday as the board considered making a contribution
towards the repair work going on this summer at the Brown Mansion, even
though it’s something that is not required in the lease agreement.
The work is being paid for
by the school corporation which accepted a bid of $74,900 by Majestic
A 10-year lease was signed
by the Library in 2005 when the Brown Mansion became home to the Library’s
museum. The Library is currently paying the lease on a monthly basis at
$15,000 annually, board attorney Terry Hiestand said.
Board members said they
would like to look at ways they could help Duneland Schools maintain the
something that benefits anybody to keep that building in good shape,” said
member Drew Rhed.
Member Nick Tilden said
discussions with the school corporation would be to ask it what it would
like to see going forward.
“What we are really
talking about is a partnership,” said board president Kathryn Cochran.
A previous renovation for
the building two years ago was paid by WPL to reconfigure the exhibit space
for the museum on the lower level.
Renaming ceremony planned
In her Librarian’s report,
Yelich said she is working on dates to have a ceremony for renaming WPL’s
Library Service Center to the Baugher Center, named after long-time WPL
director Phil Baugher.
Yelich said new exterior
monument signs should be installed sometime in August but the ceremony would
happen sometime in September.
Attendees will be
encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt or tie-dyed shirt in honor
WPL will have a tie-dying
event at the Duneland Chamber’s Party in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 13, so
people can wear the shirts to the naming ceremony.
Yelich said renaming the
LSC as the Baugher Center should clear up some confusion about what the
building is. She said many people first get the impression that it is a
library itself instead of a community building that hosts programs.
In addition to the new
signage, Yelich said a few changes will be done to the building’s exterior
such as removing the blue awning.
The monument sign will have
a brick base to match the other WPL buildings.
As part of the board’s
effort this year to give employees salaries competitive with other libraries
around Porter and neighboring counties, Yelich provided members with a stack
of refurbished job descriptions for each full time employee.
A committee of three board
members will meet later this month to look at them and make salary
suggestions based on that.
The board will meet an hour
earlier at their August meeting, 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, to study the
The new salaries will be
part of the Library’s 2017 budget. A public hearing is expected at the
board’s September meeting.