It seems that one good deal just keeps leading to another for Pleasant Grove.
Last year the city received a $1,000 award for making good use of surplus government property. This year, city officials found the perfect way to use that award - and even got 10 times more than they were expecting.For some time, the city had been looking for a place to store equipment, supplies and the Strawberry Days float. Public Works Director Frank Mills heard the state had a large galvanized steel building for sale (surplus property, of course).
Mills checked it out. Because the building was in dismantled sections it was a little hard to tell just what he was looking at. Nevertheless, Mills decided it would make a great storage building and paid the state $500 for it. At this point Mills thought he had bought one building about 48 wide by 100 long.
But the city had no way to move the building from Utah Valley Community College, where it had been stored, to Pleasant Grove. So they called in the National Guard, which moved the building during a monthly Guard exercise.
A second Guard unit offered to erect the building for the city.
"They came down several times to look the building sections over," said Mills, "and then we didn't hear from them for a while. Finally they sent down an engineer, and he decided that what we had was actually 10 buildings, each about the size of an aircraft hanger."
City Recorder Charmaine Childs says one building alone would be big enough for the city to store all its shop equipment, the float, and to house its Parks and Recreation Department . . . with room to spare.
On Monday, Mills received a letter from the National Guard saying Pleasant Grove had more building to erect than the guard could handle. The letter said it would take the guard two years of weekends and summer camps to erect the buildings.
"So now we've asked the state if they can locate a surplus crane," said Mills. "We are thinking about buying the crane, and using it to erect the buildings."
Mills said that if the state is unable to locate a crane Pleasant Grove could purchase, it'll just do the best it can using city equipment to erect the building.
Mills said several other cities and the county have expressed interest in the other buildings and Pleasant Grove probably will give them away.
After holding on to the crane for two years as required by state surplus purchase regulations, the city will sell it.
And, if thinks work out just right, Mills is hoping to win another award for putting the surplus "building" to good use.