I’d be very curious about who managed to sell this land to the county for its library and what review by site development engineers was in place. In the nineties I was the clerical support for the City of Portland’s site development team, becoming well aware of the kind of shenanigans that go on when someone wants to make some money and potential problems are “underground.” No doubt there are people who have good reasons for not wanting such shifty stuff to be investigated. When the librarian, Debbie Benedict, an eight-year veteran, was gone to a librarian’s conference, the carpets were shampooed, some kind of sealant was put on windows, and a trustee, acting as an individual, spread “essential oils” all around. It was a “smother-up.” Cosmetics in the face of possible structural problems.
If I were a member of the Friends of the Library in Meagher County, I would be thinking about moving the whole shebang to a different building or maybe even a different town in the county. If the county officials would not support that, perhaps it is time for a private library foundation separate from their oversight, even in another town. Possibilities include Martinsdale, Checkerboard, Lennep or Ringling.
Checkerboard and Lennep are pretty small and not incorporated but there’s a lot of land for sale. "Martinsdale was the home of the poet Grace Stone Coates, author of Black Cherries, Mead & Mangel-Wurzel, and Portulacas in the Wheat. It was also the home of Charles M. Bair one of the largest and most successful sheep ranchers in the United States, and the former Bair family home is now a museum. Ringling is perhaps best known as the setting for portions of Ivan Doig’s 1979 book, This House of Sky. The town was also the subject of the Jimmy Buffett song "Ringling, Ringling" featured on his 1974 album Living and Dying in 3/4 Time." Ringling is on highway 89 and in the path of “Chinook” winds, so gets a bit of winter warming. Looks like Martinsdale or Ringling are good candidates.