The Farmington City Council this week decided to remove what one councilman termed a "burr under the saddle" of Davis County, rescinding a requirement that the county post a $30,000 construction bond on two exhibition buildings at the county fairgrounds.
The bond, required by the city from developers, has soured relations between the city and county since November. The county is constructing two exhibition buildings on fairgrounds in west Farmington, adjacent to the new $20 million county justice complex.In addition to requiring site-plan approval and some architectural control, Farmington added a clause into the construction agreement with the county requiring a $30,000 bond be posted to guarantee the completion of the buildings to the city's satisfaction.
Although unhappy about it, the commissioners approved the agreement. The county is not a private developer, it is a government entity and shouldn't be held to the same standards, the commissioners argued.
Farmington City Manager Max Forbush this week urged the council to rescind the bonding requirement.
With the addition of two new county commissioners who took office on Jan. 7, a new era of county government is beginning, Forbush said, adding it would improve relations between the city and county.
The two entities have clashed several times in the past two years over impact and building inspection fees the city required the county to pay on the new jail and court complex.
And, the two have failed to come to an agreement on how Farmington Pond, which is within the city limits but owned and maintained by the county, should be developed.
"What is it about this bond that bugs the county?" asked councilwoman Pat Achter Wednesday night.
"It's just a burr under their saddle," said councilman Greg Bell. "They (the commissioners) feel that they're not like a developer that might go off and leave something unfinished. They feel they'll be there and they're a responsible government entity," he said.