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The City Council has recently been spending a considerable amount of time discussing the future facility needs of the city. Included in much of the discussion have been two major capital projects, a softball/recreation complex and a public safety complex, that would most likely require a General Obligation Bond requiring a public vote to complete. Our purpose has been to determine which, if either, project is most needed for the future of Brigham City. I hope to be able to give you a flavor of the benefits that either of these projects would provide.

Softball/Recreation Complex—For quite some time the Recreation Department has discussed the need for additional sports fields for their programs. Pioneer Park is a wonderful facility with many opportunities but lacks the size to host significant tournaments and increase our community recreational programs to meet their current demand. The proposed complex would include 11 softball fields, 3 soccer fields, 4 tennis courts, multiple playgrounds, pavilions and amenities that would enhance the recreational opportunities within the city.

Public Safety Complex—Our Police Department is out of space. Through a facility study it was determined that not only does the Police Department lack many necessary security features that are needed to maintain the safety of our community, but the public safety administration is completing their job in less than 20% of the space that is needed to perform their functions properly. This lack of space is adversely affecting numerous employees city wide. Some individuals are even using closets for their workspace. The construction of a Public Safety Complex would provide much needed space for city employees and security for citizens.

These are significant decisions that the Council is discussing and your input is both welcome and encouraged. I would invite interested citizens to attend City Council meetings and contact council members directly to discuss the details of these projects. City Council meetings are held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays of the month at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers (upstairs), 20 North Main Street.

- Council member Scott Ericson -