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6/16/2017 7:27:00 AM
Minocqua library board to approach Lac du Flambeau for funding
Of Vilas County towns, LdF is the second largest user behind Arbor Vitae

Brian Jopek

With the months-long back and forth between the board of trustees of the Minocqua Public Library and the town of Arbor Vitae settled in February, the library board is preparing to formally approach another Vilas County town for funding assistance.

Library board members heard an update Monday from board president Hank Roessel regarding a letter he sent recently to the Lac du Flambeau Town Board.

In that letter he said he requested a meeting with the town board "to discuss the possibility of the town making a donation or supporting the Minocqua Public Library based on the use by residents of the town of Lac du Flambeau."

Roessel said Lac du Flambeau town chairman Matt Gaulke called him back, asking for a letter from the library board with more detail as to what it was asking.

He said the matter could then be put on the agenda of a town board meeting in the near future for discussion.

"I'm in the process of putting together a letter indicating in general terms what we're interested in, following our negotiations and final settlement of the Arbor Vitae issue," Roessel said.

The "Arbor Vitae issue" was the town board there having issues not with contributing annually to the Minocqua library, but how much that contribution would be.

It was resolved, basically, with the town's payments to the Minocqua library going on the Vilas County apportionment sheet.

In a February letter to Arbor Vitae from Vilas County clerk Dave Alleman, he said if the town were to get out of an agreement it had with the Walter E. Olson library in Eagle River, Vilas County will annually receive charges from libraries in Oneida County.

"These charges will be based upon circulations attributable to Arbor Vitae residents using those libraries," he wrote, referring to libraries such as the Minocqua library.

Vilas County would then charge the circulation fees back to the town and be an addition to the town's equalized share of the county tax levy.

During the course of the negotiations between the Minocqua library board and Arbor Vitae Town Board, the fact was brought up that residents of Lac du Flambeau are the second highest users in Vilas County, behind Arbor Vitae, of the Minocqua library.

"That was brought up several times by Arbor Vitae supervisors," Roessel said Monday. "I feel it's appropriate we approach the town of Lac du Flambeau for support also."

There will be much to discuss when the time comes.

Lac du Flambeau is what is considered a "libraried" town, as the Lac du Flambeau Public Library belongs to the Lake Superior Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

According to Jeanne Wolfe, the library's new director, the town of Lac du Flambeau pays the library $7,000 annually.

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at bjopek@lakelandtimes.com.

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