Public Safety needs still exist, elected officials seek resolution with ad hoc committee

Pleasant Grove police are overcrowded and firefighters have a fire station that might collapse during an earthquake so the city officials sought to meet the public safety facility needs by having residents vote on a $12.67 bond that failed in November. Due to lack of space at the police station, an elevator shaft is shown as converted into an evidence storage room in this June 25, 2013, photo. 

PLEASANT GROVE -- Elected officials have decided to move forward after the defeat of the $12.67 million bond and create a committee seeking a solution for the city’s badly needed public safety facilities.

Mayor Mike Daniels and the council members agreed to create an ad hoc committee during a discussion on the Feb. 10 amended council meeting agenda that was advertised as a “no action taken” item.

“The purpose of the committee is to bring the two sides of the public safety building debate together in an effort to compromise and find common ground to reach a much-needed solution to this issue,” Councilwoman Cyd LeMone said.

The committee does not have a formal name nor has it any members. Representatives of both campaign groups, the Find the Facts and the Common Cents Coalition, the pro and the con, will be invited to the table and seek a compromise.

“There are still details of the committee that need to be addressed by the Mayor and council before it is formed,” LeMone said. “That discussion will happen in an upcoming public city council meeting.”

The consensus is that there would be three members against the building, three for the building and three neutral parties as well as the mayor and several city council members. Malone said the meetings would be noticed and open to the public

An issue that divided the community, the biggest challenge will likely be overcoming the divisiveness. Each side may have to give a bit to reach an agreement.

Frank Anderson, Common Cents Coalition member, said he remembers Daniels saying he wanted Anderson to be involved in the ad hoc committee somehow.

“We have kind of been waiting to see what is going to happen with that,” Anderson said. “That sounds like to me that is a step in that direction.”

Daniels was in Israel and not able to comment although he did text that he would return to Utah on March 2.

Anderson said the CCC was supportive of answering the city’s public safety needs but was anti-bond.

“We need to solve the city’s public safety needs,” Anderson said. “We need to do something.

That is why I like the idea the mayor had was [sic] to put a committee together.”

He has specific concerns about the issue. One is that the city would be paying $1.5 million just to meet the building code, he said.   

“Second, the Blue Ribbon Committee have come up with them two years ago and that was a combination of new buildings and renovations,” Anderson said. 

Cathy Allred is north Utah County reporter for the Daily Herald and can be reached at heraldextra.ca@gmail.com and followed on Facebook: North County News.

Daily Herald journalist Cathy Allred covers north Utah County news and events, and acts as a community watchdog.

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