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What’s next for Bountiful City Hall
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BY TOM BUSSELBERG

Managing Editor

BOUNTIFUL — Dirt likely won’t be flying soon on a new Main Street Bountiful City Hall.

But a majority city council approval to move forward with an analysis of the existing city hall was a possibility Tuesday night, councilman Richard Higginson said.

He made a motion in the Sept. 10 council meeting to “allow for public input on a potential city project,” a record of the motion provided by City Manager Gary Hill said.  

 The council meeting agenda lists the item as “City Hall Discussion.” It does not refer to any vote being taken.

“The topic is on the agenda and the city council can take the action they deem appropriate,” City Attorney Russell Mahan said.

He said the Utah Open Meetings Law is “subject driven, not action driven.  If there is a subject on it (listed agenda item), action can be taken What I’m saying is consistent with what is in the state law.”

Utah open meeting laws which apply to cities such as Bountiful are understood to say a vote by the council must be listed on the agenda as a vote. All agendas must be posted at least 48 hours before a public meeting is held.

“I think there’s a possibility of a vote,” said Councilman Richard Higginson. He said that might happen if ambiguities could be cleared up of a motion he made Sept. 10 that was approved,  three-two by the council.

That vote followed protests from some in the audience who questioned project-related costs. No firm figures have been agreed upon by the council.

The Sept. 10 motion, made by Higginson, listedtabling construction of the proposed Main Street city hall; getting public input if the new city hall project is approved; and assessing the existing city hall as a museum and art center.

But he said clarification was needed to that motion, leading to the proposed discussion Tuesday night. City administration has started an analysis of the current 32,000 square foot building, Hill said.

The city council received a copy of an analysis entitled “City Hall Options – Study of Existing Building” that Hill said was created based on Higginson’s motion. It provides details of renovating the existing city hall as a  

On May 14, 2012, the council voted to move forward with a new city hall. Demolition of the city-owned but privately-operated old Bountiful Davis/Art Center building followed.

That building’s demolition followed prior council financial backing of the BDAC building’s remodel and addition of an adjacent museum.

Mechanical systems, heating, air conditioning and the structure itself are to be reviewed as part of the study.
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