Council votes to join North Logan, Hyde Park for library
January 23, 2009 | SMITHFIELD -- The City Council voted
unanimously Wednesday to start an intercity library
with North Logan and Hyde Park.
The 5-0 vote came after a public hearing for a proposed
county-wide library system. All of the members of the
council said they were in favor of having a county library
system but felt that now wasn't the time to do it.
Councilwoman Kris Monson said she wants a county library
in the future but that now isn't the time.
"I wish we could do it but it just doesn't seem like
the right time right now," Monson said.
One of the key reasons for city council members not
wanting to start the county library project yet was
Councilman William "Dee" Wood said he would be in
favor of having the library if the economy were better.
Councilman Dennis Watkins said that there's a movement
to start the library project but that the economy plays
a factor in getting the valley library.
Dwayne Erickson, chairman of the Library Board in
Smithfield, said that it's not a decent library.
"The present library is small, inadequate, it's outdated,"
Erickson was also very cautious in getting a new library
and wanted city council members to be sure and know
as much as possible about getting a new library before
they vote for it.
"It's not going to be a simple matter to organize
a county-wide library," Erickson said. "Be convinced
that you know what you're voting for."
Jeff Gittins, Smithfield resident, echoed what Erickson
said and warned against voting without knowing all of
the details of the project. "I'd warn you not to enter
into anything quickly," he said.
Steve Francis, a resident of Smithfield, has started
a petition for the county library system and has over
700 signatures. Francis is from Weber County and said
that the county library system works well there. He
said that a county library is feasible.
Craig Petersen, chairman of the Cache County Council,
has said that the library project is feasible but that
it would require much more effort than anticipated.
Petersen said he thinks the project should be put on
hold until the economy gets better, and that despite
what many people think, the county library wouldn't