KAYSVILLE — The Kaysville City Council desires some improvements to its downtown business district but wants to move cautiously on the work — especially with planting new trees there.

At a meeting earlier this month, the council discussed possible improvements to its central Main Street area on the west side of the street between 200 North and 100 South. This business area extends from Dylan's Restaurant on the north to the curve in Main Street on the south.

The city has new lampposts for the project sitting in its shops, awaiting installation. However, it is looking like any downtown improvements could be on hold until the 2008-09 city budget is approved.

The biggest issue of the project is trees on the narrow park strip, which some business owners say block the view of their buildings and signs.

Council members would hate to see all the trees gone, though.

"These trees add an element that concrete and metal can't," Councilman Lynn Galbraith said.

However, some of the approximately 20-year-old trees in that area are dying.

Vance Garfield, city park superintendent, said the city didn't plant the ideal type of trees there and should consider a smaller, more hardy variety in the future. He agrees that tree vs. sign size is a key issue for businesses there.

"It's placement of trees and their size," Councilman Gil Miller said. He's frustrated the council has been discussing this issue periodically for two years and said it's now time to do something.

City Manager John Thacker said the city ought to remove the dying trees, install the streetlights and do anything necessary to the concrete.

Councilman Steve Hiatt wants more feedback from the business owners, especially on the tree issue.

Councilman Ron Stephens also wants the city to move slowly on possible improvements and try to be more cost-effective.

Planter boxes were also mentioned as a possibility along the park strip. Randy Parker, owner of Ray's Shoe Repair, said none of his customers want planter boxes there — there's just not enough space. He also said any new trees need to be spaced out more.

"If we're not doing something to be enjoyed by the businesses, why are we doing it?" Miller asked.

The condition of the old irrigation pipes under the sidewalk there is unclear. There's also some concern that property owners have the responsibility to water the trees in front of their businesses.

Thacker said pedestrian access and parking are also other big concerns for the area.


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