Ogden City and Weber County officials have scrapped an earlier plan to propose a $14 million state courts building on the Municipal Building block.

Instead, they will look at other sites in Ogden's central business district.The decision pleased several community members and someone dressed as Santa Claus, who attended the meeting to protest the earlier plan that would have meant uprooting several trees and displacing the seasonal Christmas Village display.

Meeting as a joint building authority, city and county officials decided to look at other sites for the proposed building, including the west corner of 26th Street and Kiesel Avenue; the Elks Lodge property on Grant Avenue; and Ogden School District land on 24th Street and Adams Avenue.

"Wherever the building is put, it's going to have to be connected by underground passage to the jail," said Commissioner William Bailey.

The jail is behind the Municipal Building.