FARMINGTON -- With the desire to keep the Davis Conference Center competitive and viable, county officials agreed to spend $60,000 to upgrade the center's audio system.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission approved a budget change that will move $60,000 out of a center furniture, fixtures and equipment reserve fund, and use it to upgrade the audio system in the conference center in Layton.
The commission approved the change based on a few complaints officials `received regarding the sound at some of the events held in the center.
"It's one of those things we have been talking about for the last three years," Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.
The $60,000 cost covers the equipment upgrade and the expense of installing it, Rawlings said.
Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said upgrading the center's sound system is necessary because more groups are using building space, initially designed for expos and exhibits, for meetings.
When the center first opened in fall 2004, it was built to provide expo and exhibit space, said Dave Hilliard, DCC director of operations. But over the years the use of the center has evolved.
"We do a lot more speciality shows," Hilliard said.
With that, he said, there is a need to upgrade the audio system to better host such events as galas and public auctions.
"This will really solve a lot of the echo," Hilliard said.
The center, which hosts 700 groups a year, is unique in that it offers exhibit space, conference space and an adjoining hotel for lodging, Hilliard said.
The addition of the audio system upgrade, Hilliard said, only makes the center more of a contender for bringing groups to the area.