OGDEN -- Weber County commissioners are continuing to ponder the controversial idea of expanding the county library board's membership by two.
At the library board meeting last week, no decision was made, but commissioners talked more about the ideas of going from seven to nine members.
All three commissioners -- Kerry Gibson, Jan Zogmaister (who also serves on the library board) and Matthew Bell -- would have to approve the addition of two members. Gibson and Bell attended a library board meeting to gain perspective on the inner workings of the board.
Bell, author of the expansion proposal, which followed the voter-approved $45 million library bond measure in June, said he has not changed his mind.
"I still think there would be a little more discussion and a little more opinion. Somebody has got to be asking some questions," Bell said. "Lynnda Wangsgard does a phenomenal job running our library system. I think that a board appointment by the county commission reflecting our desires is a good thing."
Gibson said he remained undecided, but said that attending the meeting was informative for him.
"I learned quite a bit. I am still formulating in my mind whether it makes sense to add new members, but I think having a lot of debate produces a better product in the end," Gibson said.
Zogmaister and other members of the board have said in the past that they are not in favor of a nine-member board, but she and the other board members were able to discuss other issues with the commissioners during the more than two-hour meeting.
Members of a library supporters group have alleged the board expansion idea is a ploy to hamstring the library system.
One issue that caught the attention of Gibson and Bell at the meeting was the already-rising interest rate on the $45 million library bond.
"It was going to be $31.50 and now it's going to be about $3 more for each business, which is about 10 percent higher. Interest rates have been pretty unreliable for a while," Bell said, referring to the bond's cost impact on businesses.
Zogmaister urged haste in issuing the bonds, saying the commissioners are bound by law to fulfill the bond issuance as passed by voters.
"We have to make sure that we issue them. There is a risk for interest, but there is a risk for interest anytime we do it. We are going into building ahead of time," she said, pointing out the progress in the construction of the additions to the library system.
Other items on the library board's agenda included welcoming new member Spencer Stokes, who was recently named to replace Karen Leonardi.
There also were updates on plans for the building sites of the Ogden Valley Branch parking project, the headquarters building site in Roy, and a discussion of the 2014 budget.
Library system director Wangsgard, who presented the budget, pointed out the high number of children who joined the Summer Reading Club in 2013 and the number who sign up to receive tutoring services from the library system.