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Letters: Bountiful residents seek a more fiscally conservative city hall
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Editor's Note: This is a copy of a letter submitted to the Bountiful City mayor and city council. Dean Collinwood submitted it to the paper for publication as well.  

 Dear Mayor and City

Council Members,

    We note with appreciation your desire to improve conditions on the city hall campus, but we find the price tag of your proposal too high.

    As we understand it, a new city hall would cost up to $10.5 million of taxpayers’ money, while retrofitting the current city hall for art and history use would require an additional $4 million (of RDA funds). That comes to a total cost of $14.5 million.

    We doubt that there will be enough improved efficiency in services to the citizens to justify such a price tag. Moreover, putting a building on the site of the former Bountiful/Davis Art Center will obscure the view of the city campus from Main Street.

    Therefore, we urge you to consider a more fiscally conservative plan. According to one reliable source, the current city hall could be upgraded for just $2 million. This would allow it to serve our city for many decades to come. Building a new art and history center would, according to Smith Hyatt Architects, cost only $3 million. This more conservative plan would allow for the improvements you have in mind but at a cost of only $5 million, saving the citizens $9.5 million for use on other needed projects.

    Finally, we recommend the new art and history building be constructed north of the current city hall, thus allowing the space formerly occupied by the Bountiful/Davis Art Center to be landscaped into a beautiful entrance to the city hall campus. This plan would open the city campus to view from Main Street and would result in the most impressive city hall campus anywhere in Davis County.

    All this could be accomplished for just $5 million instead of $14.5 million. This would be a wise and conservative use of tax dollars, and we urge you to adopt this less expensive approach.

    We also respectfully ask that at the next city council or other related meetings, the council  refrain from taking any action that would promote a new city hall building. Please give yourselves and the public time to ponder the benefits of the less costly plan.  Specifically we ask that you schedule a meeting open to the public for the purpose of giving the public an opportunity to be heard on this issue.

Respectfully submitted,

Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson

Bryan E. Anderson

Gregory Lindley

Dan R. Paxton

Linda Error

Mike Error

Kyle Holzer

Judson Wall

Mark May

John Jeffery May

Barbara Derricott

Barriet Giles

Terry Eggett

Mark Hutchings

Val England

Mari Norton

Josh Adams

Merilee Adams

Reta Roberts

Larry L. Whiting

Richelle Deinart

Heidi Hill

Layne Hill

Trent Sterling

Mike Tueller

Tiffany Tueller

Stephen Carter

Sylvia Carter

Molly Mortensen

Chance Thomas

Paul Summers

Tan Summers

Marisa Wall

Anne Lund

Glen Lund

Tyler Heath

Jed Ludlow

Roger Slagowski

Christie Slagowski

Rose Marie P. Murray

Laura Dixon

Jo Mason

Lyle Mason

Doug Himstreet

Celestia Himstreet

Kris Kimball

Brent L. Clyde

Janice Simmons

Val Stringfellow

Rich Kuipers

Jodi Kuipers

Jyl Marsden

Rich DeLaMare

Amy DeLa Mare

Alan Collier

Rick Folkerson

Gary Fogg

Cheryl Fogg

Stacy Harmer

Jason Ray

Anita Winegar

Bonnie Whatcott

Pat Williams

Linda Williams

Paul Hess

Randy Swartwood

Melvyn F. Reeves

Matthew J. Harmer

Ben Collinwood

Melanie Adams Cook

Earl Roueche

Elaine Roueche

Russell Mumford

Elizabeth Mumford

Kathleen McConkie Collinwood

Becky Barnett

Shaun Stahle

Becky Stahle

Mark Roberts

Lynda Roberts

Karl C. Quilter

Sherrie Quilter

Robert Walker

Stacy Banks

Kevin Martin

Susan Duke

Wayner Gelder

Larry Seamons

Janet Seamons

Frederic H. Jones

Karen Henderson

Dean Collinwood

John Harmer

Breck England

Jodi Riedthaler

Nancy Cooper

Margarent Bennion

Boyd Lindquist

Vickie Lindquist

Amanda Campos

Josh Blauer

Ben Walker

Anna Walker

Marv Blosch

Jana Dunford

Evan L. Whipple

Carol H. Whipple

Jean Messick
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September 12, 2013
Dean Collinwood is a lobbyist for a non-governmental special interest group that wants Bountiful City to build him a $4,000,000 building. Not going to happen. Deal with it!
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