The school district decided to send out a template for agreement on recreational facility use between schools and city youth. Because it is a template, council members can make their own adjustments and send it back to the District to agree upon. No major adjustments have been made to the templates thus far.
"Principals have been responsible for communication with the city in the past," said Farmington City Mayor Scott Harbertson. If another school or club wanted to use a field within the limits of any given elementary, principals have been responsible for communicating with the city on the usage of that field. Council members agreed that principals have been good to work with.
The new template clearly divides city and school recreational facilities and clearly defines who is responsible for which. Farmington City Council members wanted to be sure and verify where priority was given in the case of surrounding fields.
"Priority should be given to the city," said Farmington City Council member Paula Alder.
Other council members agreed, and there have not been many problems in the past. Neither the city nor school district expects any. However, when the template is turned back in to the district, both parties want to make sure all the lines are clear.
One of the issues arising now with Farmington City is which party will pay the costs if there is a dispute. "And who is responsible for insurance?" asked council member Rick Dutson.
Farmington City would like to make issues and questions like that more plain and clear with the school district. If Farmington City is responsible for anything happening in the fields, they want Farmington youth and people to have priority on field usage.
"We have been working with the district on this, and they have been understanding," said Mayor Harbertson.
"The elementary students have always had priority in the schools," said Davis School District community relations director Chris Williams.
Whenever Junior Jazz comes to play, if elementary students have a play rehearsal in the gym, those students will get priority. Council members and the District have agreed on that issue.
"If there are any deviations from that template interlocal agreement, the agreement will have addenda attached that are specific to whatever city it involves," said Williams in a written statement.
So far, no major changes have occurred, and Farmington City Council members ap-proved the agreement with the amended statements for insurance and outlying field usage.