a major obstacle for countywide library plans
November 18, 2008 | With only Logan showing full support
and North Logan expressing possible interest, development
of a Cache County library system waits for more support,
says Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon.
Normally such a task would cost $2.5 million, Lemon
said, but in order to make county library workers' wages
equitable with Logan city library employees it would
cost Cache County $3.2 million. Add this amount to $600,000
in start-up costs and the situation has become a lot
more costly, he said.
"I asked a consultant if it's worth the cost and he
said no," Lemon said. "In his review, all those who
were interested really only wanted access to the Logan
The county would become responsible for all city library
buildings if a county-wide system was formed.
"All but two are old buildings that have issues that
the county would be expected to fix, whereas a city
with limited funds isn't," Lemon said. "And this isn't
included in the cost."
With the creation of a county library system, Lemon
said all library workers would have to reapply for their
positions and might not get their jobs back.
"I would hate to be the individual who has to break
the news to someone who has worked [in a city library]
for a number of years," he said.
Since only a few cities have expressed serious interest
in the county library system, Lemon said the county
will have to wait for more approval in order to move