JKR, this is not a matter of intransigence on Steve Smith's part. Do some
research. Businesses who relocate, even a few blocks, generally cannot keep
their client base and therefore go out of business. Would you prefer that the
many families this business supports lose everything, to appease a few people's
opinion on aesthetics? The area the business occupies is smaller than many
backyards in Holladay. The school reconstruction can easily be completed
without taking all these people's livelihoods.
It worked for the Flower Patch downtown, that place really adds to the Grand
Obviously those who think it is easy to just move a business have never done it.
One of the first rules of business is location, location, location. Mr. Smith
has built up a clientele in his area. Moving his business means TRYING to get
the clientele to move with him. Second is that the government entity condemning
his property is not going to give him the money he needs to move. They will give
him the value THEY think is appropriate for his current property. They don't
compensate him for the cost of moving equipment and tools. And they do not find
him "equal" property somewhere else. If the new property in Holiday of
Mill Creek cost more to purchase and modify to Mr. Smith's needs he must bare
that cost himself. This is not just an easy move for him... It is survival of
The GSD Board is comprised of some of the finest parents around who first and
foremost try to do the right thing for all concerned.....and if they say they
are going to revisit the issue I can promise you....they are going to.
If the school board actually listens to those who bothered to show up to the
meeting (as reflected in their subsequent actions) it will be an amazing feat.
Normally those boards have already made up their mind and hold a public hearing
so they can say they have complied with the law, when they have no intention
whatever of changing course. If you don't believe that, attend a public hearing
about taxation sometime in any district in the state.
Mr Smith has plenty of places to go. He certainly could relocate his business
in Holladay or Millcreek -- he just doesn't want to. The new Olympus high
school should take priority over this man's intransigence.