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Update: Bountiful to continue study of existing city hall
Oct 09, 2013 | 2769 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Tom Busselberg

Managing Editor

BOUNTIFUL — The Bountiful City Council voted Tuesday night 4-1 to continue with a study of the existing city hall and what upgrades it would need to see continued use.

In addition, the hole on Main Street will be filled and leveled where the Bountiful Davis/Art Center was located until it was razed. It will also be landscaped.

The majority of council members agreed that it should be landscaped. Beth Holbrook voted no on the motion, saying she wanted to wait on landcaping until more decisions might be made on the future of the old BDAC building site.

Councilman Fred Moss said structural fill, or a high-quality type of fill used routinely by contractors, might be donated for free. He said he’s talked to at least one contractor who said it’d be cheaper as a contractor to dump the fill on the site than to dispose of it through regular channels.

City Manager Gary Hill is supervising the analysis and readily agreed with council direction to receive regular updates, and with  placement of fill on the old BDAC site by later this fall. He  said the analysis should be complete by sometime this winer, possibly early in 2014.

At the beginning of the evening meeting, Mayor Joe Johnson urged people to try to get along, realize that residents and city staff work hard to get along and create a beautiful city.

At the last council meeting, Sept. 10, a contentious atmosphere prevailed. Differing views were presented about what to do with city hall and the old BDAC site. Im May, the council voted to move forward with renovating the existing city hall as a home to the Bountiful Davis/Art Center and a Bountiful historical museum. However, that decision has been put on hold pending the study.

The BDAC is housed in Farmington in the old Memorial Courthouse. It has more than a year remaining on a lease with Davis County. County officials have said they are pleased with being able to house BDAC there.

Moss said public hearings and input are needed to gain citizen input on any future direction for remodeling and/or construction on the city hall block.

Members of the art community and museum-related residents said Sept.10 they still wanted  BDAC  in the current city hall. But the Clipper was able to talk to only one  of a handful of museum/Bountiful Historical Commission members after the council moved on to other agenda items.

Historical Commission member Randy Goodrich, who quickly left after the council discussion, said “It’s good to get clarification. I’m impressed with (City Manager) Gary Hill and how he has taken on a very difficult task,” referring to melding all of the opinions expressed into the city hall analysis.

He also said he liked the fact there will be fill placed in the hole and grass planted in the old BDAC space.
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