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July 15, 2014

White Hall to fund ‘Book Nook’

Ward: ‘First of its kind east of Mississippi’

WHITE HALL — The White Hall town council approved to partially fund a library book dispenser in the town.

White Hall will be receiving an always-open book dispenser that will be stocked with books from the Marion County Public Library’s selection. During the town council meeting, the White Hall town council agreed to pay $1,900 that would go toward the annual electric bill for the book dispenser.

Marion County Public Library director Erika Reed called the plans for the book dispenser as the “Book Nook Project” and described it as being “a Redbox on steroids.”

According to Reed, the dispenser will have books available for rent or sale from the library. A smartphone app or online ordering can be used to request a book at the dispenser so that it can be picked up.

“Well, it’s going to be the first of its kind east of the Mississippi,” White Hall mayor Guy Ward said. “They have several of them out in California and different places out on the West Coast, and this will be the first one on this side of the country and it will be right here in White Hall.”

The council approved paying for the $1,900 annual estimated cost to provide electricity for the dispenser but they would have to annually renew funding the electricity for the dispenser during the next year.

Ward said that some businesses are competing to have the dispenser installed close to them so that they may attract more customers.

Other topics from the meeting include:

• The council discussed what to include in the minutes when the council votes.

• White Hall police chief Geno Guerrieri discussed how the police department has had to deal with a malfunctioning light system in town over several days.

• A citizen brought up a cemetery that she agreed was an eye sore near her property. The town council will not spend funds on the issue.

• The council accepted a revision to use coal severance money on streets and highways maintenance.

• The council discussed making an early payment to Piggott and Associates for the second phase of the sidewalk project.

• White Hall Summerfest plans have been put in place. Ward read a proclamation about the festival.

• Christmas lights for the 2014 holiday season were discussed. Councilwoman Zella Keener said she wanted the lights to be looked into sooner.

• The town sold a broken-down lawn mower for $212 after bidding.

• The council went into an executive session to discuss a wine and liquor tax issue.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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