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December 03, 2013
FALLS CITY — On the verge of closing mere months ago, Wagner Community Library in Falls City just keeps chugging along.
The library was recently notified that the Oregon Community Foundation has awarded it $1,000 to continue operations, assuring the doors will stay open until at least March.
Temporary library director Mary Hake said Monday it could be even longer as she had not yet tallied all the recent fundraising activity.
"It looks pretty good on donations and fundraising," she said. "We are taking a break through the holidays and will start again next year."
That fundraising push could get a big boost next year from the Wagner Trust.
Hake said an initial hearing has been scheduled for February to hear the case for releasing all or part of the trust to keep the doors open. The case will be heard in a California court and comes with the chance of paying operations for years at a time instead of months at a time.
"We are hopeful that it will provide funding, but we don't know what a judge will decide," Hake said. "It could see us through a couple of years of operation … We don't want to assume that, but there is a possibility."
In other Falls City business:
• Due to a scheduling conflict with the Falls City Elementary School's annual Christmas concert, Falls City City Council will be holding its December meeting one day early on Wednesday (Dec. 11) at 7:30 p.m. instead of the usual second Thursday. An ordinance banning the feeding of turkeys will be among the items on the agenda.