Regarding the July 29 news article, "Police station back on table?" and Kaysville's mayor, Steve Hiatt's rationalization as to why the voter-rejected project of the police palace was tweaked, I would like to remind the mayor of the following facts:
1) The main reason the police palace was rejected was because it was too big and elaborate. 2) It contained an EOC community room to facilitate people in case of any emergency (this duplicated what the Davis County Sheriff's Office and come up with, e.g., a county emergency plan which included participation of all the churches within Davis County. There is no need for Kaysville to build this). 3) It contained a complex to handle 911 calls on a 24/7 basis. Presently, at 5 p.m., the city turns those calls over to the Davis county Sheriff's Office to handle. I might say it is much cheaper this way and much more efficient. 4) It contained so many offices for people who do not exist, it is funny. 5) It had an elaborate work-out area with a female dressing room and a male dressing room. What is wrong with the officers walking 20 feet to the recreation office, or better still, why don't they use the free passes given to them two years ago by the owner of the sportsplex? We don't need this.
I noticed that the "construction trailer" is not used during the winter, because the officers say it is too cold (I have a picture taken three days after a snow storm last year and there was not one foot print in the snow leading to the doorway).
As far as timing for the election, this is ridiculous. The invoice was paid July 2, 2013. Why wait until after the election; we need answers now. Does the city council and the mayor know what is going on, or is the city manager running the city? Either way, it is a bad situation for the citizens of Kaysville.
Also, regarding using money or losing it, I was told three years ago that if they loose the money, it just goes back to the general fund, so why waste it? The money doesn't magically disappear.
If and when we build a new police station, we need to start from scratch and get rid of all the excesses of the one we have now.