There have been some interesting developments in Roosevelt city's quest for a new $3.3 million municipal complex, the latest of which has the 45,000-square-foot facility as two separate buildings in two different geographical locations.
The newest architectural drawing has administrative offices, the fire and police departments, and circuit court on State Street on city-owned property in the center of town. The recreational portion of the proposed facility would be located next to Utah State University's Uintah Basin Education Center on Lagoon Street, two miles to the northeast of the main complex, according to city administrator Brad Hancock. It would include a gymnasium with spectator seating, four racquetball courts and dressing rooms."I think there's some real merit in this proposal," said Hancock. "The recreational facility would create more of a student atmosphere at the college. It would be a drawing card for students by giving them a place for recreational activities along with the curriculum now offered. At the same time there's no reason why the city couldn't run its winter and summer recreation programs in the building and share it with USU. An arrangement could be made where the city would actually own the building and the property, and USU would help pay for some of the maintenance and operating expenses."
Another new twist in plans has social services locating on the same block as the proposed city complex. The social service building would be separate from the complex and funded by the state.
"Another interesting concept that's been proposed is the fact that social services wants to go to bid on a new building to house their operation and they wish to locate near this new municipal complex," Hancock said. "This would help centralize services for citizens and could be a benefit in that regard."
Whether or not Roosevelt gets the new complex depends on two factors: the Permanent Community Impact Board and the willingness of Roosevelt residents to approve bonding for the project. Hancock said while the complex will be expensive, it is something Roosevelt City can afford.
In January, the city applied for a $3.3 million grant from the Community Impact Board and was awarded $110,000 to purchase the property for the complex. The Board placed actual construction funding on the pending list. City officials were told to return with a funding mix which would include city participation.
Hancock said a new funding proposal should be ready by July in which the city will propose paying $800,000 - or 25 percent of the total cost - and seek a grant for the remaining $2.5 million.
"What we would propose is a financing arrangement that would make it very easy for the citizens to pay our portion of this building should the Impact Board decide to go with us on it," said Hancock.
"Right now we have a current park bond that will mature in 1993. We could roll this park bond over subject to citizen approval. There's a certain mill rate that goes to pay for that bond. Now the same mill rate in the plan we'll present to the Impact Board will cover the cost of this municipal complex, and it will kick in about the time the park bond matures. We won't see any increase in taxes. We'll simply maintain our current level."
Hancock said any CIB funding would be contingent on citizen approval during a local bond election.
Roosevelt City's administrative offices are currently housed in a 45-year old building which originally housed the Duchesne County Hospital. Hancock said the city has outgrown the building, which has fallen into disrepair, fails to meet fire and safety codes, and doesn't provide adequate security for the circuit court and police department.