The City Council will watch where it steps a little more closely Tuesday when it hits the road for a special meeting that includes stops in Ogden and Farmington.
Instead of sitting in comfortable chairs with snacks nearby, however, council members will spend this unusual meeting standing in a couple of horse arenas.Mayor Dix McMullin said the council will collect some ideas for a large indoor horse arena planned for the Laurel J. Brown Equestrian Park on 2200 West north of 11400 South.
He said looking at established arenas will help South Jordan officials get a better handle on issues such as size, cost, seating capacity, layout and potential uses.
"One of the county's commitments with the zoo, arts and parks tax is to provide better service in South Jordan with an indoor horse arena," the mayor said.
The council will first tour the 8,000-seat Golden Spike Arena and horse stables at the Weber County Fairgrounds in Ogden, then head south to Farmington to check out the new Legacy Center at the Davis County Fairgrounds.
Council members will leave the city about noon and return in time for their regular work meeting and council session Tuesday evening.
Despite local speculation, McMullin said the trip is not related to Salt Lake County's plans to move its fair from the aging facilities in Murray to a venue in another city.
South Jordan is one of the communities that has been named as a possible new home for the fair, but the mayor said such talk is "a little bit premature."
"We haven't had any discussions with the county yet" about relocating the fairgrounds, he said.
Councilwoman Mary Lynn Liddiard said a new fairgrounds would be a natural mix with the large equestrian park because of its race track, stables, grandstand and the proposed horse arena.
The county already owns a sizable chunk of ground south of the equestrian park, she noted, and it would not take much to integrate the two properties.
"A lot of our citizens think this is a done deal," she said. "But it's not set in concrete. . . . Right now, we're just doing our homework."
McMullin said that once the council gets down to serious discussions with the county, an advisory committee will be organized and hearings will be held to gather public comment.