city, Cache school district seek ways to share space
November 10, 2008 | NIBLEY -- City Council will have
a public hearing Nov. 20 for Nibley residents to voice
their opinions about the city collaborating with the
school district for a new meeting room attached to the
new elementary school.
Scott Theobald from Design West and Bruce Parker from
the Cache County School District met with the city council
to discuss the conjunction.
For the past three meetings, the council has discussed
the possibility and probability of joining with the
school district for the new meeting chambers as well
as using other school facilities. The school is located
off of 3200 South and will start construction in the
spring, so the council must act quickly.
The school district and Design West propose the city
pay for only the extra space they would need, projected
at 1,862 square feet at $170 per sq. ft. as an estimated
average cost. Shaun Dustin said he is concerned Nibley
citizens will disagree to the building because of costs
when he thinks the conjunction is generally a good idea.
Councilman Bryan Hansen presented the project to the
council members and audience. He said the city would
have access to the library, gymnasium, stage, art room,
restrooms, playground and fields, and the parking lot.
Hansen said the conjunction gives the council new meeting
chambers as well as access to other facilities.
"It's a win-win for the city," Hansen said.
"It's a win-win for the school district too," Theobald
Theobald said the schools are not generally used at
night so allowing the city to use the building is getting
the most out of the building and does not add extra
City Manager Larry Anhder said he suggests the council
hold a public hearing as well as bring a resolution
in case the public agrees so they can move forward.
The school district is requiring an answer by the end
Mayor Knight said the resolution should include an
exit strategy in case the council needed a new meeting
place. Parker said the school district is willing to
reimburse the city for part of the money they contribute
if they vacate the building.
The current building has six years left on payments.
Anhder said the current building will still be used
for the courts and could also be used for additional
office space which the city is in need of.
The current meeting chambers will not be able to remodel
for at least two years because of the budget if the
city agrees to combine resources with the school district.
However Theobald said the elementary school with added
room for meeting chambers would not be ready to occupy
until fall of 2010.
The city is hoping to have minimal costs to citizens
on the building. Mayor Knight said with the growth of
Nibley and cutting small amounts of money from different
sections of the budget, the new building will not be
hard to fund and will not be a big burden on the community.