Bill Hidell of Hidell and Associates Architects presented a proposal for the expansion of the Stephenville Public Library, during Tuesday's Stephenville City Council work session.

The council must consider if the existing building is adaptable to meet current demands.

“There is a lack of programming, meeting rooms, computer areas, and other needed space, Hidell told council members.

He said the operating budget and material expense has increased, while use of the library has decreased.

“The present facility is not up to code, Hidell said. “An example is there is no elevator.

The council is considering whether to renovate the current building or construct a new library.

The library board will discuss plans and meet with the council at a later date.

In other business, a rendition of the new City Park concession facility was presented to the council by Fred Parker and Associates.

The completed structure will include a covered concession entrance, two restrooms, storage areas, and an electrical room.

City Administrator Mark Kaiser said the plans encompass an additional area where expansion can occur.

Kaiser recommended that this item be put on the Oct. 2 agenda for a vote to begin requesting bids, with construction beginning soon after.

The structure will be located in the southeast corner of the park.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or (254)965-3124, ext 229..