Many say they are hoping that tonight's meeting between the Stephenville City Council and the library advisory board will be productive.

The group was scheduled to meet last week, but a long executive session postponed the meeting until tonight.

Director Patricia Maxey said the library advisory board is ready to move forward and make plans regarding the library project.

Mayor Rusty Jergins said he looks forward to meeting with the advisory board.

“Hidell and Associates had several aspects in the needs assessment and expansion presentation, he said. “These will be the points discussed.

Council member Barry Ratliff said, “The purpose of these work sessions with the library advisory board is to gather information and decide the options for a potential bond package.

Last week, members said they were discouraged about the length of time being taken for the council's decision on upgrading or rebuilding the facility.

“This meeting is open to the public, Maxey said. “It is important that the city's residents be present and heard.

The council's work session will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the training room at City Hall.

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