BY EMILY THOMPSON
FARMINGTON – City councilmembers and some residents here last month had a private audience with UDOT West Davis Corridor project manager Randy Jeffries.
Councilmember Jim Talbot led out the discussion by telling UDOT Project Manager Randy Jeffries that Farmington residents are very concerned. He asked, “Are you really looking at all those issues that have been presented? Are you and your staff really exploring all the options that have been brought up?”
People in Farmington think the decision has already been made, and the public comment phase is just protocol, he said.
“If you choose the current placement, it really handcuffs us as a city,” he said. “We get no benefit from the road without access. I am personally extremely concerned about the current suggestion.”
Jeffries tried to ease those fears, promising that all comments would be reviewed.
“We want to make sure that we have covered all our bases,” he said. “There is always a possibility that we have missed something and that our research is different from what other people are aware of.”
The mayor encouraged the concerned attendees to participate in the process and to encourage their neighbors to do so. The council is still reviewing the draft environmental impact statement and will issue an official statement when the process is completed.