June 14, 2018. After attending the open house on the pond, here's what was discussed. The detention basin will be built and paid for by Pineview and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The recreations aspect of this project, if we decide to build it will be North Ogden City's responsibility to build out and maintain.
What's been spent so far?
According to the NO City summary document, we've combined with Pineview for $175,500 on planning and design—not sure yet on the split ratio. Another $274,500 came from NCRS (Natural Resources Conservation Service—which appears to be a subsidy of the USDA—also our tax dollars). Total thus far spent for planning and design is $450,000.
What was learned and what was missing from the open house?
- How much will construction cost North Ogden City to if we build the recreational portion? $1,244,214.00 estimated [link].
- How much will it cost to manage and maintain year in and year out? No hard info provided.
- Will we need additional insurance? No answers provided, only speculation. Our city insurance may or may not cover this feature.
- How will we control milfoil and algae problems? The basin, holding and recreation areas, will be drawn and used for irrigation on most days, with such a high turnover there shouldn't be such problems.
- What use will it be for recreation? No usage study has been done.
- How deep is the recreational portion of the basin? Roughly four feet at middle with a 10:1 slope.
- Will Pineview allow swimming on the retention portion of the pond? Not sure. Possibly, it will be under Pineview Water control.
- How does this compare and contrast to what Farr West City is building? Nothing provided.
- Will there be fishing? No, the water fluctuations and swimming nature of the design will not support or allow for fishing.
- How does this compare and contrast to Ogden City 21st Street Pond? Nothing provided.
- Is there any detailed cost breakdowns on the recreational aspect? No details were available.
- How will we deal with the safety issue the retention/recreation concrete dividing wall presents? Some brainstorming on this was done between the city engineer Matt Hartvigsen and Sean Casey.
NO City wants to budget another $700,000 of our money this year (2018-2019) (link, page 16, Barker Park Amphitheater) to continue building out the new amphitheater. Want it or not, or think the role of government is to entertain us (it's not, why...) let No-Town know! Best done by attending the City Council meeting this Tuesdays, June 4, @ 6:00 PM and making your voice heard. Opinions made during Public Comments become part of the public record and make a real difference.