BOUNTIFUL -- City leaders have voted to keep an eye on future projects while juggling current budget needs.
The city council voted 4-1 at a recent meeting to adopt a new 10-year capital improvement plan that outlines potential projects for fiscal years 2013 through 2022.
Recent plans to build a new city hall on Main Street, in the area where the Davis County Arts Center building currently stands, and to renovate the existing hall as the future home for the arts center and regional museum are two of the big projects in the immediate future. However, city officials spent a lot of time discussing potential changes to at least one city park.
The 10-year plan routinely calls for maintenance and replacement of equipment in some city parks, but leaders are focused on trying a different kind of equipment when that projected expense comes up next year for Bountiful City Park at 400 North and 200 West.
Jerry Wilson, director of parks, and several council members have visited a St. George park to look at options they want to consider as part of their city park's future renovation.
"It's a happy coincidence, so it's an opportune moment," Councilman Tom Tolman said of the chance to change the park in the near future.
Councilman Marc Knight described the St. George facility as a destination location and said the park gets heavy usage.
Mayor Joe Johnson said discussion of the park's potential changes is a way of talking about possibly funding more of the equipment change than would normally be in the city budget.
Knight described approval of the capital plan as a strategy for addressing the future.
"I really value this 10-year plan. I used to read it before I was on council because it gave me a sneak preview of where the city was going to go," he said.
City Manager Rusty Mahan said the plan will include a comprehensive maintenance review of all city infrastructure and facilities.
Councilman Fred Moss voted against the plan but did not explain his vote.