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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

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--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Council hears public comments on proposed Nibley community center

By Aubreyanne Hansen

November 24, 2008 | NIBLEY -- City Council signed a resolution which states the willingness and intent of the city to join with Cache County School District to build a community center as an addition on the new Nibley Elementary School.

The council has had several discussions in the past two months about the collaboration. The school will be located approximately at 900 West and 3200 South in Nibley. Mayor Knight signed Resolution 08-08, which says the council approves the intent. According to the resolution, the cost is estimated around $350,000 for 1800 square feet of additional space that will belong to the city as well as joint-use of some other school facilities.

Councilman Larry Jacobsen said the partnership with the school district "is a good investment because [the deal] encompasses many things." Jacobsen said the new room will meet conference needs, new council chambers, as well as recreational needs for most sports.

Tara Daily, Nibley resident, asked why the city needs new meeting space and if it was possible to expand current location.

Jacobsen said there is not enough parking area and the majority of the building would have to be remodeled to fit new offices or blend the addition.

Councilman Thayne Mickelson agreed with Jacobsen referring to the new school and said, "We don't have to pay for the land it's on, the parking lot, asphalt, or sidewalks." Other council members chimed in with benefits the city receives from this deal such as use of the fields, gymnasium, restrooms, and library.

"There are more limitations on the project than the council recognized," said Daily.

Councilman Bryan Hansen said the taxpayers are already paying for the facilities so the community might as well get more use out of the building and land.

Other citizens expressed concern with tax money going to a building that will not be fully utilized because of after school activities.

Mayor Knight said citizens' taxes will not be raised for this. Money will mainly come from a bond but will also be earned back by renting the building for "get togethers."

City Manager Larry Anhder said this resolution is only an agreement of intent and does not agree any money into the project at this point. More meetings and resolutions will have to occur concerning the cost and payment.

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