Two women spoke to the Sulphur Springs City Council Tuesday night against a plan that would move Hopkins County Genealogical Society from its current building on Main Street to Sulphur Springs Public Library. Cristal Joslin of Royce City, a member of the Genealogical Society, reminded council members about the purpose of the meeting room at the library and the services provided through use of the room as well as the need to keep it available. “The movement of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society, Inc., to the library will reduce the space and opportunity for summer reading programs that impacts 75 to 90 children per event,” she said. “This move will diminish library opportunities to provide meeting space for businesses and other organizations.” The public at large, she said, is supposed to be served by the public library. “It is of great concern that the city would engage in a 99-year lease with a privately-owned organization. Hopkins County Genealogical Society is an LLC, a privately-held organization and a 501(c)3,” she said. “In the same way, you would not and should not enter into a lease for 99 years with a bank, a coffee shop or a church at a public facility that would turn a public space into a private space. “The agreement, which is not supported by the majority of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society membership, should not be entered into with the city,” she said. “Children's programs, literacy initiatives, public meeting space should not be sacrificed for a private organization.” Joslin urged the council to give serious consideration to any agreement that would relocate the Genealogical Society to the public library and “preserve the public's trust.” Gilda Cain, a Commerce resident and former president of Hopkins County Genealogical Society, asked that the city council postpone any vote regarding a lease agreement between Sulphur Springs and the Genealogical Society. “That was presented to our members during our monthly meeting last month. Mr. [Marc] Maxwell has reported that this will not be on the agenda until November,” Cain said. “Twenty-three years ago, I came before you as a member and representative of Hopkins County Genealogical Society and asked to be separated from the city library and that move was granted. “The move to the library will be one that will reduce the meeting space for both the library and HCGS,” she continued. “The membership is in disagreement with the HCGS board regarding the sale of our facility at 210 and 212 Main. Our membership is in disagreement with the HCGS board entering into an agreement with the city for space at the library at this time.” Cain also said the membership has discussed the concept with the membership in disagreement with the HCGS board. “Our board has decided to go against the wishes of the membership and informed us that the decision, in their words is ‘A done deal except for your vote to approve the agreement,'” she said. “My goal is to bring awareness of the situation for you and save HCGS and the City of Sulphur Springs valuable time and money in legal expenses and disenchanted citizens.” Cain said HCGS would be installing a new executive board in November and December and suggested that would allow the proposed move to be considered by HGCS membership. Because the Genealogical Society issue was not an agenda item, council could not respond to any of the concerns presented in the meeting.