SYRACUSE -- West Point and Syracuse farmers will be approaching the Syracuse City Council tonight in search of a less disruptive alternative for the 24-mile West Davis Corridor.
A corridor proposal, put together by area farmers looking for a one-on-one meeting with Utah Department of Transportation officials, would spare acres of Davis County farmland and Syracuse city's Jensen Nature Park, West Point resident Kenny Payne said.
"They already have a proposal worked out," Payne said of the farmers, who in addition to attending the Syracuse City Council meeting, have requested a meeting with UDOT officials.
The city council will receive public comment on UDOT's three preferred corridor alternatives at tonight's work meeting at City Hall, 1979 W. 1900 South, Syracuse. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Payne, who lives along 4500 West near the Syracuse/West Point border, said he will be attending the public hearing where one of the three corridor routes UDOT officials have advanced "goes through his house."
UDOT's advanced alternatives also affect area farmers.
"Alternatives A and B go through agricultural lands," Payne said.
"These guys are losing their livelihoods."
Syracuse leaders will use tonight's meeting to gather public input in forming an official city position on the routes, Syracuse Mayor Jamie Nagle said.
The council after reviewing the comments will take an official position on an alignment at its March 8 meeting, Nagle said.
The council will adopt what the city can support, Nagle said. But regardless of what decision the council makes, she said, they are between a rock and a hard place.
"There is a lot of strong emotion on all sides," Nagle said.
One decision the city does support is the need to have some type of road built through northwest Davis County in bringing Syracuse an interchange.
Payne said area property owners being affected by the preferred corridor alignments hope they can convince UDOT officials to move the corridor into properties that have long been preserved for the proposed project.
Since he was young, said Payne, 65, he has heard talk of a west Davis highway eventually being built and the need for land to be set aside for it.
The farmers also have some ideas as to how to mitigate the 36 to 54 acres of wetlands that have been identified in UDOT's three preferred alternatives, Payne said.
The county has been acquiring land for the road corridor since May 2008.