NORTH OGDEN -- The city council has selected a possible site for its public works building and accepted parameters to bond for up to $10 million for the 7-acre facility, but residents aren't so sure about the price tag.
The council is looking to buy land west of Washington Boulevard just off 2550 North, southwest of the Aquatic Center on the Shooting Star ranch property.
No specific price has been named, but the council has said any land purchase for the facility would be in the neighborhood of $1 million.
The council hopes the third time will be the charm for the location, as it has tried two other sites already owned by the city -- one off Mountain Road on 2600 North and one at Barker Park.
Both sites were in residential areas, and when neighbors complained, the city looked elsewhere.
Mayor Richard Harris said the new site is a good one as far as location, but he's sad the city will have to buy the land and add to the cost of the facility.
Some spoke at a recent council meeting after they had gone to the city's tour of the current site. Residents said they could see there was a need, but didn't want the price to be so high.
"I think there is a less costly alternative," said resident Phillip Swanson. "I think the citizenry would be happy with something less."
The council will hold a public hearing Aug. 9 about obtaining revenue bonds that would be paid back through resident utility bills over the next 25 to 30 years, adding between $5 and $6 to monthly utility rates.
Residents will also see an increase in utility rates for capital improvement projects and the county's sanitary sewer rates even if the bond doesn't go into effect.
Finance director Debbie Cardenas said that price of $10 million for the public works facility is the worst-case scenario and that she doesn't think the building will cost that much in any way, but it is better to have a higher number when going to bond.
"That is why it is worded to not exceed that number. That doesn't mean we will get anywhere close to that number," Cardenas said.
Mayor Richard Harris said now is the best time to start on the building because bond rates are very low, as are construction costs.
Councilman Wade Bigler does not agree and suggested just buying the land now and waiting to do anything else.
The rest of the council did not agree with Bigler and voted 4-1 to accept the bond parameters and move forward with the public hearing.
Bigler vowed to look into how to stop the bond, but Harris and the rest of the council still want to move forward.
Harris said the public works building has been a complex issue that needs to be resolved. He said he feels strongly that this is the best time to get the building complete and that the plans laid out are the best for what the city needs.
Although it is time to think of bonding, things are still in the preliminary planning stages.
"There is some work we have to do, like having plans for the building and getting price estimates, but we are still taking input," he said.
The next public works planning meeting is 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at the city offices, 505 E. 2600 North.