Plum Creek Board rejects mediation terms

SLAYTON – Meetings with a state mediator have failed to resolve conflicts between the members of the Marshall-Lyon County Library Board and the Plum Creek Library System Governing Board. At the Plum Creek board’s regular meeting Wednesday night, a large majority of board members voted against a proposed final mediation agreement, and instead passed a resolution offering MLCL continued Plum Creek membership, provided the library complies with all current and future Plum Creek policies.

“This resolution is nothing new to any member library,” said Rosemary Schultz, Jackson County Commissioner and Plum Creek board chairwoman, in a news release sent to the Independent after Wednesday’s meeting. “Each library in PCLS has agreed to abide by regional library policies and procedures. These policies benefit every resident of the nine-county region by providing fair and equal access to regional and statewide resources.”

The MLCL board must now decide whether to accept the offer. MLCL board chairman Will Thomas said the local board will hold a special meeting – likely early next week – and give the resolution “full consideration.”

Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, members of the MLCL board had expressed some hopefulness that mediation would end the stalemate between the regional library system and MLCL. Last summer, Plum Creek withdrew interlibrary loan service from MLCL, saying MLCL was not following the regional system’s sharing policies for new library books and materials.