FARMINGTON -- It is a battle of dueling resolutions.
But the sparring between Davis County and Farmington City officials over a proposed 400-bed jail expansion taking place in the city in the event the Draper prison closes, may be six months to a year premature.
"There has been no decision made on what will be done, if anything, with the Draper prison," Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, told the Standard Examiner on Friday.
Wilson, one of four state legislators who serves on the 11-member Prison Relocation Committee, said no decision has been made by the Utah Department of Corrections or the committee whether they are even going to be expanding jail contracting.
"We are evaluating both options and will be for the next six to 12 months," Wilson said.
But despite that timeline, Wilson will soon be receiving from Farmington a copy of a resolution the mayor and city council adopted on Tuesday stating the city's opposition to any expansion of the county jail in west Farmington.
The resolution was unanimously adopted by Mayor Scott Harbertson and the city council, City Manager Dave Millheim said.
Copies of it will now be sent onto Brent Gardner, with the County Association of Governments, the 11 members of the PRADA committee, the county commissioners and Davis County lawmakers, Millheim said in a letter to the mayor and council.
The city resolution is in response to a resolution adopted by the county commission on Oct. 15, which was also sent onto the County Association of Governments. In that resolution the county expressed interest in possibly expanding its jail in west Farmington in taking in some of the prison population load should the Draper prison close.
The Farmington resolution says how the city and residents oppose such an idea, and how the Oct. 15 county resolution was in direct violation of an agreement signed by Farmington City and Davis County on April 24, 2002, "which among other things says no jail expansion would proceed without first having discussions with Farmington officials."
Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said he was aware Farmington would be adopting such a resolution, and has no problem with the city stating its position.
"I don't see this as a bone of contention between us," Petroff said. "If it is not possible to (expand the county jail), that is the way it will be."
The county does not want to impose its will on the city, Petroff said. But as an elected official, he said, it is his role to represent what is best for the whole county, and not just a single city, and that is why the commission expressed an interest in expanding its jail.
"This decision is a long way off," Petroff said of whether the state will close the Draper prison. And by the time a decision is made, he said, it is possible the county may have had to already make plans to expand its jail due to the increasing number of county residents having to be incarcerated there.
Regarding the violation of a 2002 interlocal agreement the county has with the city, Petroff said, language in that agreement allows for the future consideration of jail expansion based on the county conferring with the city.
"Farmington City is very frustrated that Davis County officials considered such a potential jail expansion as expressed in their adopted (Oct. 15) resolution without first meeting and discussing the related issues with the city," the city's Tuesday resolution said.
"Farmington City believes with the sizeable increase in the area's residential growth and significant economic center developing immediately surrounding the jail, that any future expansion of the jail would not be supported by Farmington residents now or in the future," it said.
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