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Mapleton Council approves $1.4 million community center

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Community center will house city offices, library, senior center, council chambers and police department.

Community center will house city offices, library, senior center, council chambers and police department.

MAPLETON — A new $1.4 million community center won the blessing of the City Council on Wednesday.

It will contain city offices, a library, a senior center, council chambers and the police department. Officials will raze the existing City Hall where they now meet and rebuild a fire and ambulance building there, city manager Robert Bradshaw said.

"We can't do anything with (the old City Hall)," Bradshaw said. "It isn't (earthquake) safe."

An earthquake fault runs along the base of Maple Mountain just east of the building.

The new fire and ambulance building will cost an estimated $400,000, he said. Funding for that will be under a separate funding plan.

Officials also approved a community center funding plan in which the city will put $600,000 down and finance $800,000 in a lease-back arrangement from a bank.

A funding drive is ongoing to pay for the library portion of the new building with donations, about $200,000. Mapleton doesn't have a city library, although it headquartered the bookmobile library for the county. A Community Development Block grant of $150,000 will cover half the cost of the senior center part of the structure if the city gets approval. City leaders are optimistic.

"We're applying for it to meet the Dec. 3 deadline," Bradshaw said.

The city will use public safety impact fees of about $100,000 for the police station.

The application goes the the Mountainland Association of Governments, which makes the final decision for disbursement of the federally funded grant.

Mapleton hasn't done well with CDBG grant applications in the past because it is considered a high-income area.

"We have already had a formal indication we stand a good chance of getting approval because it's for the senior citizens," Bradshaw said. When a city applies for seniors or the disabled, income standards don't apply, he said.

The rest of the community center financing will come through the general fund. No tax increase is anticipated, Bradshaw said.


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