Kaysville moves forward on proposed $5.5M revenue bond for new police station

Dec 19 2013 - 1:12pm

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KAYSVILLE -- The Kaysville City Council's desire to adopt $5.5 million in revenue bonds to build a new 20,000 square-foot police station brought a mixed response from residents on Tuesday.

More than 50 people attended the public meeting in which the city council unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to consider the adoption of revenue bonds that will be used to build a proposed police station on city-owned land at 85 E. 100 North, according to officials.

At the meeting there were about as many people who spoke in favor of the revenue bond, as there were who spoke against it, said Kaysville City Recorder Linda Ross.

Many of those in attendance at the meeting were Kaysville police officers and members of the Kaysville Fire Department, Ross said.

Some of those who spoke against the bond included Orwin Draney, Art Morley and Art Whitaker, who are associated with the group known as Kaysville Citizens for Responsible Government.

Resident Margaret Brough also spoke to the council about the adoption of the revenue bonds, explaining the need for the station, as well as the need for citizen input to be taken into consideration in moving forward on the project.

Brough said she fears the city's elected leaders and staff were attempting to do an end run around the citizens with the vote on the revenue bond, and the timing of it.

"I asked them not to rush," Brough said.

The city will host a public hearing on the proposed police station project at 6 p.m. Feb. 18, at Kaysville City Hall, 23 East Center Street.

"As an elected official, we do our best to represent the needs and desires of our community, while balancing the differing viewpoints on the best way to proceed," Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt said.

"It is unrealistic to think we can get everyone to agree, but we will certainly do everything possible to ensure all points of view are considered," Hiatt said.

"I believe that anyone who takes the time to tour our current police facility will come out with the same conclusion: We have a critical need and must act to ensure the safety of our officers and our residents," Hiatt said.

Voters in November of 2010, by a 56 to 43 percent margin, rejected a $4.5 million general obligation bond to build a new police station based on what was offered being too extravagant.

Rather than take the issue back to voters, the council opted to go instead with a revenue bond which does not require voter approval.

Kaysville Police Chief Sol Oberg has expressed the need for a new police station since some staff members in their 26-member department are currently having to work out of a construction trailer parked in back of the police station.

The city's current police station is about 5,000 square-feet in size

Oberg said he does not want something built that is grandiose, nor a "blank check," but would like a building that meets the long term needs of the city through its projected build-out population of 45,000 residents.

"It's a mess," resident Cal Udy told the Standard-Examiner of the current working conditions Kaysville Police are working under.

"I'm embarrassed to live in Kaysville when I see the working conditions (the police) put up with," Udy said in a Facebook message.

Those attending the Tuesday meeting, both for and against the adoption of the revenue bonds, appeared to have civil dialogue, Ross said.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net, or follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

 

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