Plans for expansion of the campus at Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center are being studied by officials of the school and Richfield City.
The city became involved because the school needs additional water to expand the campus to the west, and representatives of both entities want to see four new baseball diamonds built across the street south of the campus.The technology center has $75,000 from the state for further development of the campus. Some $16,000 of that fund has been pledged toward development of the ball diamonds as part of the campus.
Most of the money is expected to be used for a secondary water system for more lawn space and the ball park. The city and the school have agreed to apply for a grant or loan from the Community Impact Board, said City Manager Woody Farnsworth. It is estimated that $129,000 will be needed for the campus expansion.
Farnsworth said the city is interested in providing a secondary system that would bring water to the Tech campus from the Richfield Canal west of the city.
That source of water is needed because city officials say it would be prohibitive to use culinary water for the additional campus development. Farnsworth explained that the city would construct and own the water delivery system, with its cost to be paid through charges to the school for water.
The city manager noted that a CIB loan of $75,000 could indirectly amount to a much larger sum if the money is invested in a treasury bond to pay off the loan over 20 or 25 years.