Commissioners hear from Tucker libraries

Librarians from the Five Rivers and Mountaintop libraries presented their annual report Wednesday morning to the Tucker County Commission.

Librarians Nancy Moore, from Five Rivers, and Ivonne Martinez, from Mountaintop, worked through a slideshow that displayed the resources and programs available at the two county reference centers. Moore spoke first about the Internet-ready computers that Five Rivers has to offer.

“By 10 a.m they are all full,” she said, noting that the library opens at 9 a.m.

Several workstations are available, including computers equipped with a WorkForce program that allows users to create resumes, complete online testing and fill out job applications, she said.

Users also can print out documents at the library. Moore said both libraries allow free printing of the first four pages of documents, such as job applications or study guides. There are also spaces designated at Five Rivers for tutoring.

An after-school program is popular at Mountaintop, Martinez said. Kids from Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School often have time between the end of classes and the beginning of after-school activities.

In their downtime, she said, kids make their way to the library to use computers, complete homework and catch up on some reading.

Adults and children are involved in a book club that meets at both libraries, as well.

“It’s been very popular. I am very happy with it,” Martinez said of the book club. Overall, she said there are 20 members involved.

Multimedia is also a big draw for library patrons, Moore said.

Movie showings take place at Five Rivers, and Moore said people look to the library to check out DVDs they cannot afford to purchase on their own.

Fundraising has taken place in past years at an annual craft show, which includes a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

Martinez also mentioned ongoing book sales. This year, at the Leaf Peepers Festival in Davis, the Mountaintop book sale earned a substantial amount of money, she said.

“I don’t have the heart to see books thrown away,” she said. “It’s great to be able to pass things around.”

The librarians’ slide show said Five Rivers logged more than 19,000 library visitors and Mountaintop logged approximately 5,800 visitors.

Commissioner Lowell Moore praised the pair.

“I want to commend you both for the great job that you do,” he said.

In other news, E-911 Council Chairman Sandy Green updated the commission by speaking about his efforts to build a new radio tower in Parsons.

An Assistance of Fire grant is helping to fund the project, which includes updated microwave technology that will allow for video, text messaging and picture messaging to be sent to 911, Green said.

He is working with the Tucker County Board of Education to use the board’s annex building as a staging platform for a new tower, which will have line of site to the next available radio tower in the county.

Concerning contract bids in Tucker, the commission has voted to begin a policy that will assist local contractors who are bidding for county projects.

A new bidding contract ordinance will allow an approximate 2 percent cushion for local bidders, when their bids are rated against non-local contractors.

The ordinance will adjust bid prices so that a local contractor – which is not able to take advantage of price cuts awarded to larger non-local outfits – can compete.

“We are trying to make the playing field more even,” said Commissioner Mike Rosenau.

An advertisement will be placed in a local newspaper for two weeks before the ordinance will take effect.

Contact Casey Houser by email at