Now that the tax initiatives have failed, the Salt Lake County Library System and Sandy City have agreed on a timetable for moving ahead on the new Sandy library branch.
Mayor Steve Newton said plans had been on hold for six to eight months until the initiatives' fate was decided, because the money would not have been available had the measures passed.Newton said the timetable calls for representatives of the neighborhood near the proposed site at 102nd South and 13th East to present a contract by Nov. 30 detailing their demands concerning the site to the property owners - Magna Investment & Development Ltd. and White Investment Co.
The property owners want to expand commercial development of other property they own at that location and need a zoning change to do so, but they're unlikely to get that change if the neighbors aren't satisfied, Newton said.
By Dec. 15, officials hope to have an agreement between the property owners and the neighbors, as well as a draft building program and letter of intent between the city and county, said Library System Director Eileen Longsworth.
Louis Falvo, controller for Magna Investment, had no comment on that portion of the timetable because the company had heard nothing about it from the city.
"I'm sure we'll be hearing from them, but we haven't yet," he said Friday.
By Jan. 1, the city and county will begin the process to select an architect, and by March 1 they hope to have one hired.
Newton said construction should begin before the end of 1989 and should take about a year, but Longsworth said that's probably overly optimistic. The library most likely won't open before mid-1991, she said, but that's still two to three years ahead of what it would have been had the county built the facility.
The county does its construction on a pay-as-you-go basis, but Sandy officials wanted the new branch earlier than the county's budget would have provided it.
So Sandy officials decided a city building authority would bond to pay for the building, then lease it to the county for three years or so until the county could buy it. Newton emphasized that the bond would be backed by payments from the county - the money would not come from Sandy tax revenues.
Newton told Sandy City Council members the city will have the option of paying to build a basement in the building for city use, and council members expressed interest, asking him to notify them as soon as he knows what the basement will cost.