By Emily Hedges
Mayer residents no longer need to drive to Waconia or Watertown to access materials from the Carver County Library. The Mayer Express Library officially opened for business during a reception prior to the Mayer City Council meeting on Oct. 22.
“The library has always taken its services to patrons — today, that often means virtually,” said Library Director Nick Dimassis. “These express libraries in Victoria, Cologne, and now Mayer are innovative in that they take advantage of technology to deliver the physical items — books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.”
Residents must first obtain a library card at any Carver County Library or online at www.carverlib.org. From the website, one can access the catalog, and place a request choosing Mayer Express Library as the pickup location. The library will send an email when the materials arrive, so all accounts must have a valid email address attached to them.
One has until the next delivery time to the Express Library to pick up the items. The library deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays around 10:30 in the morning.
The Express Library is located inside the south entrance to the Mayer City Hall Community Center located at 413 Bluejay Avenue. One may access the lockers any time. To pick up items, go to the keypad on the right side of the lockers. Enter the last four digits of your library card number and the ENT# key. The door of the locker that contains your items will open. They will already be checked out to your library card and the due date receipt will be with your items.
Materials are due back within three weeks, except DVDs and videos, which must be returned in one week. Late fees are charged for the overdue time period. Materials may be returned to the Express Library book drop located east of the entrance or to any other public library in the seven-county metro area.
“The Express Library has been a tremendous success in the other locations and I am confident that the Mayer Express Library will be popular in the community,” said County Commissioner Tim Lynch, who attended the ceremony along with fellow commissioners Jim Ische and Gayle Degler, Library Board President Richard Kvitek, and Library Board member Jim Weygand.
For more information, call the Waconia Library at (952) 442-4714.
Council makes a decision for Deaf Child signage
The council agreed to look into options for a deaf child warning sign for the residents of 1319 Evergreen Place. The couple requested the sign for their 4-year-old son. Currently, the city does not have a policy in place for warning signs. After discussion, the council agreed that adding it to the existing street sign would be optimal. City Administrator Luayn Murphy was instructed to look into feasibility and gather costs. The homeowner may be asked to pay all or part of the cost.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to approve $555 for use in the 2013 Mayer Moxie health initiative. Last year, 82 Mayer residents participated in the program. Build Your Way to Wellness is an eight-week program that will run from Jan. 24-March 14. Train for the Trail will be held April 4-May 23. A 5K race may also be added in 2013.
• Is making it possible for residents to go online at www.cityofmayer.com to pay bills, and sign-up and pay for activities, such as the Mayer Moxie program. The service will be available no later than Dec. 1, and includes a small convenience fee.
• Agreed to purchase materials for the fire department to construct a 10 x 12 warming house. The city plans to build a makeshift skating rink by leveling the dirt and creating a berm by the old Creamery. They had looked into purchasing a skating rink but found it cost-prohibitive.