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  • (Deseret News) A nod from voters secured, Salt Lake City leaders are moving forward with plans for building a $125 million public-safety complex downtown.

    Planners will hold a community workshop Dec. 7 to present site evaluations and analysis for a new police and fire headquarters and emergency-operations center.

    The workshop will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in conference rooms A, B and C of the Salt Lake City Main Library, 212 E. 400 South.

  • (Herald Journal) Logan’s Municipal Council is looking to remodel its new chambers two months after moving in.

    The council moved from the old city/library building to what was previously the municipal court in September.

    The courtroom set-up apparently isn’t working out; the council sits on the judge’s bench, the city recorder in the witness box and city staff in the jury box.

  • (The Enterprise) Peck Ormsby Construction will build the Quail Run Primary School at 3300 N. 600 West in Pleasant Grove. The school will be Utah’s first LEED-certified charter school. The 54,600-square-foot building will have room for 648 students and is scheduled for completion next fall. The school will use solar hot water panels, day lighting and outdoor classrooms. It will also have natural playscapes and a school garden. Recycling will be incorporated as a school program. VCBO Architecture of Salt Lake City designed the school.

  • (Murray Journal) Steps are being taken toward constructing a new junior high school in Murray.

    Thirteen houses on Hillside Street have been purchased by Murray School District in hopes of building a new junior high building in about five years, said Pat O’Hara, Murray School District director of support services.

  • (Millcreek Journal) Residents turned out in numbers to say goodbye to the East Mill Creek Recreation Center, Oct. 17. Though the building closed its doors to the public Oct. 1, a “Demolition Party” gave people one last chance to walk the halls before it’s torn down to make room for the new Millcreek Community Center.

  • HIGHLAND (Deseret News) — Dan Baxter peers out his front window at the new neighbor that blocks his views of American Fork Canyon, has forced him to abandon the front half of his home and is currently shining a bright red light on his face.

    "It's almost as if the building is positioned to shine the lights right in our home," he said. "Our living room is unusable."

  • (The Enterprise) Alliant Techsystems Inc. sold 47 acres of land to Salt Lake County for the construction of a regional park, according Richard Ellis. The land, located at 6200 South and 6200 West, was purchased for $4.5 million. Lodestone Park will be combined with 17 acres of property. Doug Scheel, vice president of CB Richard Ellis, represented ATK, the seller, in the transaction. The land was purchased with funds from the Park Land Acquisition Bond.

  • (The Enterprise) New construction has started on the Farmington City Hall building at 160 S. Main Street in Farmington. City officials hope to move into the new 21,000-square-foot building in July of 2010. The new $3.6 million facility is being funded through city bond sales, savings and the sale of the current city hall building, located at 130 S. Main Street. Farmington officials selected Hughes General Contractors, North Salt Lake, and Edwards & Daniels Architects, Salt Lake City, for the project.

  • (Daily Herald) "Ten years ago, we would never have dreamed that the next high school would be built in Saratoga Springs."

    So spoke JoDee Sundberg, Alpine School District board member, on Tuesday during a dedication ceremony for Westlake, Utah Valley's newest high school.

    The huge, $61 million school opened to students in August after three years of planning and construction. Fred Openshaw is the inaugural principal. Board member Guy Fugal gave the dedicatory prayer on Tuesday.

  • (Deseret News) The Jordan School Board voted 6-1 Tuesday night to approve boundaries for its new high school being built in Herriman, and to adjust boundaries for Bingham and Riverton High Schools.

    Board member Rick Bojak voted against the measure. He is worried that enrollment projections indicate over the next eight years West Jordan High School would lose students while the new high school in Herriman would become overcrowded.

  • (Draper Journal) Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation is sponsoring an open house to share alternative park development concept plans for Wheadon Farm, a 64-acre parcel of land located east of Bangerter Parkway and south of and adjacent to 13800 South in Draper. The meeting is intended to provide County residents the opportunity to comment on proposed options for use of the land.

    The meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Draper City Council Chambers, 1020 East Pioneer Rd.

  • CENTERVILLE (Davis County Clipper) — City hall is a little bigger than it used to be.

    Work is wrapping up on the Centerville City Hall expansion, with crews currently focusing on painting and other details of both the remodeled downstairs and new upstairs addition. The addition is serving as the new home for the justice court, while the downstairs remodel created more useable space for the police department and a public room that can be used by anyone.

  •  (Salt Lake Tribune) In Salt Lake City, the Great Recession proved no match for the thin blue line.

    Proposition 1, a $125 million bond for a new public-safety complex, breezed to victory Tuesday.

    Unlike a similar bond that lost by 262 votes two years ago, Prop 1 cruised 66 percent to 34 percent, according to unofficial returns.

    "I never would have thought, in this economic environment, that people would vote so overwhelmingly to tax themselves," Mayor Ralph Becker said. "People saw the need."

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Two years ago, eight City Council contests across Salt Lake County were decided by fewer than 70 votes. In 2003, voters had to shake loose a mayoral tie with a dice roll.

    Sure, municipal off-year elections aren't sexy, but they're often close. For that reason, Salt Lake City leaders lined up Monday, encouraging residents to hit the ballot box today.

    "I want to remind people," Mayor Ralph Becker said, "that every vote counts."

  • CLEARFIELD (Davis County Clipper) — “Great things can be accomplished” when working together, said County Commission Chair Bret Millburn, just before ground was turned for the new county health building Tuesday.

    Under overcast skies, county officials joined with their counterparts from the City of Clearfield in marking the official construction start. The 45,000 square foot, three story building is being built in downtown Clearfield.

  • (The Enterprise) Construction on the new Carbon County Senior Center in Price has started. Ascent Construction is building the 35,000-square-foot facility that will house a large eating gallery, outdoor patio, kitchen, computer classroom, billiards and ceramics rooms and clinic facilities. It is scheduled to be complete early in 2011. Scott Evans designed the center.

  • (Daily Herald) Highland took a step on Tuesday toward finding a permanent home for its arts council and other community-based organizations.

    Council members voted unanimously to spend nearly $68,000 to make the old city hall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which right now prevents public use of the vacant building.

    Speaking before the vote, arts council board member Kittie Tenney begged the city to fund the renovation.

  • FARMINGTON (Davis County Clipper) — Ground is due to be broken, next Tuesday, Oct. 20, heralding the start of construction on the new Davis County Health Department building.

    Ceremonies will be held across from the Clearfield Municipal Center, 55 S. State Street, at 11 a.m.

    Prior to the groundbreaking, the Davis County Commission will meet at 10 a.m. on the third floor of the municipal center, in the council chambers.

    “We expect to be in the new health building by next fall,” said County Commission Chair Bret Millburn.

  • (Herald Journal) Cache County is considering partnering with a Salt Lake City-based firm in a project that could result in a new senior citizens center and roughly 200 surrounding apartments.

    Though discussions are in the initial phase, if the proposal is ultimately adopted, the current Cache County Senior Citizens Center would be demolished, paving the way for a brand new facility.

    A new building has been talked about for several years among county leaders, who have noted that the current facility is not up to code in certain areas and has aged over the years.

  • Kanab (Salt Lake Tribune) » After more than a decade of discussion, Kane County is on the verge of building a new jail.

    Tracy Glover, chief deputy with the Kane County Sheriff, said the existing jail in this southern Utah town was built to house 22 inmates. Glover said the jail regularly holds 26 inmates and that the population peaked recently at 34 inmates.

    "We've instituted a policy not to take misdemeanor offenders if we're overcrowded," Glover said. "Some of the inmates have to sleep on floor beds if we are [overcrowded]."

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