FARMINGTON -- The agenda may have followed familiar protocol but the location was new, with a 26-foot-wide window behind the Davis County Commission bench offering a panoramic view of the Wasatch Mountains in autumn.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission held its first meeting in its new $15.6 million county administrative offices building.
"It's a beautiful room," Davis County Director of Planning Barry Burton said of the commission chambers.
It is appropriate for the type of meetings to be held there, Burton said, "plus you have the incredible view out east."
If the commissioners should ever become boring to look at, he said, those attending the meetings can always look out the window.
The upgraded commission chambers, offering better acoustics and lighting, softer chairs and a one-foot elevated commission bench platform, is on the third floor of the new office building at 61 S. Main St. in downtown Farmington.
The three-story building is immediately south of the Memorial County Courthouse at 28 E. State St.
Although construction continues on the building, set for a Nov. 9 grand opening, most of what the commissioners needed Tuesday was in working order.
Some audio and electrical work still needs to be done in the chambers to allow the commission to make use of two large audience-facing monitors situated on each side of the room, Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn pointed out.
With those monitors, the commission can share with the public the budget information the commission reviews on a weekly basis. The county was looking to the future when it constructed the building, Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said.
"I think this building is a reflection of Davis County," Downs said, emphasizing that the county provided the building with no new property tax increases.
"The things that we have done here are the things we could afford," she said.
The administrative offices, along with a new Main Library and Davis County Children's Justice Center, for a total cost of $22.5 million, were funded using mainly recovery zone bonds made available to the county through President Barack Obama's federal stimulus package, and some departmental savings the county had captured over the last several years.
Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said the county took advantage of low interest rates and low construction costs in building the library, CJC and office building.
Rawlings said: "This building will be here for a number of years."