NORTH OGDEN -- The city council unanimously approved the purchase of land for the public works complex for $531,000. The property, at 130 E. Pleasant View Drive is 61/2 acres and is very near the current location. The city will hold on to the property where the complex is now until the market improves for selling the land.
The land will be bought with money the city has been saving for the complex for several years. The rest of the complex will be funded by other funds in the city. Funding for the land has not been included in the money budgeted for the complex.
The property has some issues, including 0.8 acres of wetland that is spread throughout the property. The city has been working with the current property owner, Scott Holt, to mitigate the wetland area.
"I feel confident we can dry it out fairly easily," said Brett Chugg, director of the city's public works committee. Chugg said the property was the "best possible choice" for the public works site, even though there are some wetlands and other issues with getting the land ready for building.
If the wetlands have to be mitigated, it will cost the city roughly another $50,000 to do so, but Chugg doesn't know if that will be necessary.
City Councilman Wade Bigler is happy with the purchase.
"I'm all for this property," he said. He said he likes the fact that the complex will be away from residential areas for the most part.
"Another beautiful thing is that we are further west and we still own the current property," Bigler said.
He looks forward to when the city can sell the property and make a profit.
"It will more than pay for itself," Bigler said.
A nearby resident still owns some water rights on the property but is willing to work with the city.
Councilman Brent Taylor wondered if the city would be able to use any of that water in the future, but the mayor said water isn't an issue for the city at this time.
The council and mayor thanked Chugg and another committee member, Dan Nixon, for their work to ensure the purchase went through smoothly.