tennis court sends Millville into budget stretching
By Shauna Smith
April 21, 2006 | MILLVILLE -- Construction of North
Park is moving right along with concrete being poured,
curbs and gutters put in and parking being planned,
but when it comes to the new tennis court, the City
Council has reached a standstill.
With a budget of just over $80,000 and very few options,
the council is having a hard time deciding who will
construct their new tennis court and what it will be
After researching companies that construct tennis
courts, councilman Rod Hobbs found only four in the
whole state of Utah. After doing further research, Hobbs
found that one company doesn't really construct or finish
tennis courts as it stated, said Hobbs. That leaves
the council with three choices: Sports Court, Cucos
Markets and The Tennis Company, all of which charge
over $100,000 to construct a tennis court.
"We don't have enough money to just go and throw up
a tennis court," said Councilman Brian Jensen. "I think
we'll have to do it step by step."
Mayor Mike Johnson didn't like the step-by-step approach.
"I don't want to go half way on it. If we're going to
do it, let's do it. And make sure it's gonna last,"
The council explored other options such as having
someone from town pour the concrete and having one of
the tennis court companies just do the finishing. They
also brought up the possibility of having JUB Engineers
build the tennis court.
After some frustration and no agreement, Jensen said
"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to make a damn
The mayor suggested that council members do their
own research to find the best solution and bring their
ideas to the May 4 council meeting.
In other business the council discussed a change in
the current dog ordinance that requires dog owners to
register their dogs within three months of getting them.
This does not allow enough time to get the dogs spayed
or neutered and get all their vaccinations.
The council wants to give dog owners six months rather
than three to get their dogs registered. They debated
whether or not they need to hold a public hearing to
change the ordinance and scheduled one for May 4 just
in case, which will be pulled off the agenda if they
find it is not required.