Library Board of Trustees to meet


N4715 County Road E   P.O. Box 247  Pine River, WI 54965    920 987-5110

DATE AND TIME:  November 24, 2020 7:00 pm

NOTE: To support social distancing the meeting location will be at the Leon Town Hall, N4819 County Rd E, Pine River WI 54965

Masks are recommended

CALL TO ORDER:                           24 HOUR VERIFICATION OF POSTING:                             AGENDA ADDITIONS:

PUBLIC COMMENT:                           SECRETARY’S REPORT:                              TREASURER’S REPORT/BILL PAYMENT:


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Review Bids for Gutter Cover Project
                                             Annual Report overview
                                             Duff property update

NEW BUSINESS:   Trustee Manual Chapter assignment
                                 Move to possible Winter Zoom Board Meetings

ADJOURNMENT:                                            NEXT MEETING:  December 29, 2020 7:00 pm

Becky Horvath, Secretary

Pine River Beautification Project

The Community of Pine River and the Town of Leon are coming together to remedy a longtime eyesore in Pine River. Anyone who has driven through Pine River has come to know the old house next to the library. Years have broken it down, with trees even growing up through it! The one-time stagecoach inn next door to the Leon Saxeville Library has been deteriorating since being abandoned several years ago.

Recently, the Town of Leon acquired the property from the County and is working together with community members to raise funds for demolition of the building and to transform the area into a community park and green space.

The original fundraising plans were to be in conjunction with the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Pine River Library with various events during the course of 2020.  The events were to culminate in a community-wide Fall Festival including a pig roast, festival events, and a community dance at the Golden Nugget. Along with the Library; the Pine River Restoration Association, Pine River Rainbows 4-H Club, and the Pine River Homemakers were to participate in the events.

Unfortunately, the celebration of the Library’s 60th and the fundraising activities have been put on hold. Becky Horvath, chair of the planning committee expressed her disappointment,” It was great that we could bring the community together to both celebrate the 60th and contribute to the reclamation and safety of the eyesore next door.” she said. “The virus [Covid 19] had other ideas, so our plan now is to celebrate the 61st anniversary next year.”

In the meantime, the building demolition plan must carry on. The committee is initiating fundraising through the “Pine River Beautification Library Enhancement Fund”.  Craig Zimmer, a library board trustee, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, “This will enhance public safety and bring the public a beautiful area for library programs and community use. The children and residents can enjoy [the space] for generations to come.”

In addition to the razing of the house, and planting of grass and a few trees, the vision for the future may include a gazebo, benches, and even a playground area. For now, the committee is focused on raising funds to bring down the house and address the required attention to the well and septic to make the property safely accessible. We need your help!

Chris Sorenson, Leon’s Township Chairman, hopes the demolition can be completed before winter sets in.

“It’s been a long process to get to this point,” he said, “things are falling into place to improve the property for safety and the beautification of the community.”

It is estimated the initial expense will run between $15,000 – $20,000.  Anyone interested in helping with this vision may make a tax-deductible contribution to the Town of Leon with a notation designating the Pine River Beautification Fund on the check and mail it to Pine River Library of Leon and Saxeville, PO Box 247, Pine River, WI 54695 or visit Go Fund Me 

Come on in and Browse (masks required).

Programs for Children and Adults will not be scheduled to allow for Social distancing. 

It is with sadness we report that No Group Events or Classes are planned through 2020.

Patron behavior expectations:

1. Be Symptom Free
2. Wear a Mask
3. Less than 10 people in library
4. If under 16, be accompanied by an adult
5. Practice Social Distancing
6. No Loitering
7. Call to make an appointment for public computer use

  • Library Staff are taking precautions by quarantining returned items for 96 hours, so patrons may see the items they have returned are still on their library card.  The items returned will be discharged after the 96 hours are up.  All Winnefox Libraries are following this guideline, so you may see some delay in shared materials.
  • One public computer can be used at a time due to the Location and Spacing of the Computers and patrons are asked to make appointments for their computer time in advance.       
  • Some services may be limited or not available until Full Opening returns. 
  • Cooperation with this policy keeps the Library available to the public.                            

​We are happy to offer curbside pick-up, just call to schedule a pick-up time when your holds are available. (No mask required.)


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