KAYSVILLE – Work may soon be underway above ground at site of the new Kaysville library.
To this point, improvements have taken place mostly to the soil, after excess moisture was found during the initial excavation.
“There used to be a stream that crossed the property,” said Barry Burton, planning director for Davis County and project manager for the new library, a branch in the county system.
The stream was diverted to a pipe under 200 North years ago, he said, and the stream bed covered.
“In that stream bed was loose, soft, mucky material that wasn’t a very good foundation material for a building,” he said. “We’re taking actions to correct that.”
The bearing capacity of the soil will be increased by installing aggregate or Geopiers, he said, something that has been done in several other county buildings.
“The technology has been around for quite a while,” he said.
The improvements will delay the project about 70 days and cost the library system an additional $150,000, said Burton, but it is an amount within the budget.
The county library system is its own taxing entity and the library is being funded through dedicated library funds, said Chris Sanford, library director.
The new branch is still expected to be complete in about a year, said Burton.
“We haven’t let grass grow under our feet,” said Sanford,. “We’re working on the interior design in terms of furniture and fixtures.”
In addition, staff from the Kaysville branch will be trained at the county’s larger libraries on how to manage the additional space.
The new library will have an auditorium, rooms for small-group meetings, seating so patrons can read while at the library, more computers and significantly more space for books.
“We’re very excited about the process and the progress and we’ll begin in a few months thinking our moving plan,” she said.
Library officials have worked closely with city leaders and have included citizen participation in the entire process, she said.
“We’re excited to see it kick off and move forward,” said Sanford.