FARMINGTON -- When the chips are down, Davis County elected leaders can be counted on to provide a relatively new Syracuse elementary school with the life-size fiberglass bison mascot it longs for.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission agreed to allow Buffalo Point Elementary in Syracuse, the home of the "Stampede," to adopt the decoratively painted fiberglass bison that has stood out front of the Memorial County Courthouse in downtown Farmington for the past nine years.
The bison was one of about 50 bison that were part of the 2002 Winter Games celebration.
"We're really excited to be getting a buffalo," Buffalo Point Elementary Principal Richard Baird said.
Not only did Davis County donate the bison to the school, which opened in fall 2008, but it agreed to deliver it to the school with the aid of some of the county's public works staff.
The fiberglass bison weighs 480 pounds, including the attached concrete base used to anchor the figure.
"I promise we'll repaint it," Baird said of the bison, which is currently painted in a star-spangled-banner theme, "and give it a good home."
Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. recommended that the school name the mascot "Chip" or "Chips" as in buffalo chips.
Being polite, Baird indicated the school would be naming the bison, which he considers to be a bull.
Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said Buffalo Point Elementary is where two of his grandchildren attend school.