Hyde Park residents question cost of library accord with North Logan
By Cristine Simkins
HYDE PARK -- Some Hyde Park residents feel the City Council may have made a hasty decision by jumping into a library co-op agreement with North Logan.
"I feel that the council may have jumped too fast into this temporary arrangement," council member Pat Checketts said. Other council members agreed that Hyde Park needs to look into other library service options available to Hyde Park residents.
Hyde Park accepted a proposal from North Logan to participate in a trial run that will allow residents of Hyde Park to use the North Logan Library and its accompanying services. This agreement is valid until a vote is taken by the Hyde Park City Council in July. During this trial period the council members will determine if the residents want the library service.
"Consider all options and let the citizens know of these options," Hyde Park resident Kathy Downs said at a recent council meeting. "A library is a wonderful thing, a tax burden is not."
During this trial period Hyde Park will contribute $15,000 to North Logan for operations and maintenance.
"I think the money is being well spent, because you can not put a price on knowledge," Hyde Park resident Jennifer Prince said. "I want my children to have a place to educate themselves."
Hyde Park has the option of joining North Logan as a full capitalization partner, making Hyde Park a partial owner of the facility and book collection. A second option is to receive non-capitalized library services where Hyde Park will pay a lower annual fee for services without becoming a partial owner.
"I would like to see a third option on the ballot, that of a user
fee for Hyde Park residents to pay directly to North Logan, council
member Steve Seamons said. "The system of individual residents paying
for library services is currently being used by Smithfield."