Residents with opinions on the quality of the Stephenville public library and whether it should upgraded or improved will get the chance to voice their opinions tonight.

“It is important for folks who are interested in the future of the library to come,” said Mayor Rusty Jergins, regarding the meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Stephenville Senior Citizen Center.

“It’ll be an opportunity (for them) to share their thoughts and opinions on the future of the library.”

It will be the second meeting in about two weeks that will focus on the need to improve city facilities. On May 31, a meeting was held on whether the city’s recreational hall and senior citizen citizen should be improved.

“We were pleased with the turnout of the recreational facility forum and hope that this will be a similar experience where folks will come and share their thoughts and opinions as it relates to the library,” Jergins said.

Tonight’s meeting will focus on whether a new public library should be built or the existing library should be relocated. The city-hired firm of Hidell & Associates will hold the public meeting - also with the possibility of establishing “focus groups.”

City Administrator Mark Kaiser has said he expects the process of evaluating and planning for the possibility of new facilities to take about a year.

If a bond issue will be needed to pay for the improvements, the measure likely would be sent to voters in May 2008, Kaiser has said.

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.