voices opinion on country library
February 6, 1009 | NIBLEY -- At last month'smeeting,
the City Council voted 4-1 to support a county library
system without a specific timetable.
However, the council felt that with the cost of the
proposal and the current economic downturn, that it
wasn't possible at this time.
The cost of a county library is estimated to be $3.8
million for the first year and $3.2 million after the
first year. This would cost the residents of Nibley
$116,000 per year to support the library.
Nibley currently has an agreement with Hyrum to use
its library, which costs the city an estimated $14,000
Of the proposed county-wide library, City Manager
Larry Anhder said the council would "like one, but probably
not right now."
Councilman Shaun Dustin said that while the current
library agreement with Hyrum is a "good deal, it's not
going to last forever." He also stated he would like
to see Nibley invest in a library because it provides
access for everyone.
Dustin said he was "not concerned about timing at
all, even if it means a scaled-back version." He also
said he believes there are some infrastructure that
needs to be invested in.
Councilman Thayne Mickelson, the only member to oppose
supporting the county library, was concerned about agreeing
to the bonding of a library.
"Cost is extremely important," he said.
Mickelson said that the poor economy makes any bonding
a bad decision and stressed that once the city agrees,
they must keep paying. "Timing is really poor on any
bonding," he said.