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LAYTON CITY OFFICES WILL MOVE TO NEW COMPLEX AT END OF JULY

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Construction of Layton's new $6.8 million municipal complex is on schedule and city offices will be transferred to the new building late in July.

The municipal complex includes two new office buildings, one to house city government offices and an adjacent building for the police department and two circuit courtrooms.Once the city vacates its old office building, all but the east section will be torn down and replaced with a parking lot. The renovated east section, the newest part of the current city building, will be used as a community center for meetings.

The center will also be available for weddings, meetings, conventions and other community uses.

Assistant city manager Nancy White proposed last week that city offices be closed on Monday, July 23, to allow employees to move files, records, and other city property into the new structure and get set up again.

The city also needs time to get its computer system moved and for employees to familiarize themselves with the new telephone system and other operational aspects of the new building.

White said although the offices are closed that day, it is not a holiday for city employees.

"They'll be working. They're not taking a four-day holiday weekend," said White, referring to the July 24 holiday the day after the move.

"We just feel it would be best if they had a day to get organized and settled in, get things put away where they can find them, and not have to try and deal with the public when everything is still in boxes," said White.

The City Council last week approved a minimum $20,000 appropriation to buy artwork for the city office building.

Council member Lyndia Graham has been working with local artists and museum personnel to locate artists that have a connection to Layton, either living there now or at some time in the past.

She told the council that a committee of volunteers is also searching out historic photos of Layton that can be used in the new building.

Discussions have also ranged over commissioning a statue or sculpture for the open courtyard between the two new buildings or a bas relief on the building's front, Graham said.

The art community has been cooperative, Graham said, with art curators and teachers volunteering to help in the selection process.