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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Millville splits on county-wide library proposal following public hearing

By Jessica Allen

February 9, 2009 | MILLVILLE -- Thursday night a public hearing was held to discuss the proposition of a county library, and the vote by the Town Council split 2-2 -- two for and two undecided.

Lana Jex said she was very much for a county library and that she has been using the Providence library, but "it's not adequate enough for me, I read about two to three books a week."

Other community members had similar feelings about the idea and felt that it would be worth the tax money to have a library that could be available to everyone in the county.

Kerri Williams said that a county library would benefit a lot of people, as she related how she had taken her son's scout troop to the Providence library with one of the boys not being LDS. She said that while at the library the boy came up to her and asked if there were any books that weren't LDS. "I think that says a lot," Williams said.

Even those who weren't big readers themselves supported a county library at the public hearing.

Jason Low, another community member, said "I'm in favor; I'm not a reader but I love to come home and see my kids reading."

Members of the community further went on and supported the idea of a library saying that the Bookmobile did not have a big enough selection, and that you had to go in and know what you were looking for because of the number of people that were waiting their turn.

After everyone in the community that had come to the meeting had their say on the proposition of a county library, the council closed the public hearing to vote. The record that would be reported for Millville's stance on a public library went in as two for and two undecided for the county library.

Council members Jared Taylor and David Hair voted in favor, and Mark Bodily and Brian Jensen were undecided. Bodily and Jensen said that they were unsure that building a new library for the county during the economy's recession might not be the best time as taxes would have to be raised to fund it.

Bodily said that if a library was built, he would like to see every town and city in the county have to pay the same amount of taxes for it rather than varying from town to town as the proposition stands now.

The taxes that Millville residents would have to pay for the new library would vary from $28 - $33 per person.

In other business, the council:

-- approved the license for the sign for Don's Auto body shop.
-- discussed the city's support for sidewalks and crossing walks to be built for the Millville Elementary children. The sidewalks and crosswalks would encourage a healthy lifestyle and increase safety for the children, and would cost from $13,000 to $15,000, money that the school is hoping will come from a grant they are applying for.
-- set a public hearing for March 15, 7:30 p.m., for a conditional use permit for Larry and Aubrey Soul's basement apartment.

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