FARMINGTON — Davis County Extension’s new digs should be easier for the public to find and be a lot more user-friendly.
The consumer-oriented agency has moved from the second floor to the main floor of the old Davis County Memorial Courthouse, 28 E. State Street in Farmington.
Services are consolidated in two main areas, and include a classroom that can seat about 50 and an area dedicated to the master gardener program, including space for its various gardening-related clinics where the public can sit down and discuss any such issues, says Justen Smith, extension director.
“It provides space that is a little more contiguous, rather than being broken up,” County Commissioner Bret Millburn said.
Family and consumer sciences, 4-H, food nutrition and other services will all be within one area, not spread in various small rooms down a couple of halls, as was the former arrangement.
Room 107 will be the main entrance and signs are in place in the hallways directing patrons.
“This is good for us and it’s good for the public,” Smith said. “We’ll be able to service the public better by being more accessible and with more space, without spending more money.”
Extension is formally known as Utah State University Cooperative Extension Service.
Smith explained that under state statute, counties provide operating budgets and office space, thus “meeting their commitment,” similar to what exists in states across the country.
“When the county moved to the new (administration) building (to the south), there was a whole empty building,” basically, he said.
Extension is joined on the first floor by the county’s Facilities Management department, which is farther south on the first floor, while the Bountiful/Davis Art Center is upstairs. It is temporarily housed there until its new space in the old Bountiful City Hall is completed.
“We’re trying to consolidate parts that are being utilized. It’s a more efficient use of the space for them (agencies) and us (county),” Millburn said.