By Irene Hannagan
"It's got more teeth in it than something casual," he said.
More teeth in regard to the letter that town clerk Annette Rindlisbacher and Thompson will send to regional representatives of the LDS church before November's council meeting. Council members and the town clerk joined in discussion of the contents of the letter.
"This is not a final proposal just a letter stating our intent," Councilwoman Jaydene Godfrey said.
A new firehouse will cost approximately $250,000 said Councilman Brent Godfrey and it is a lot of money. The LDS church owns the land under the old firehouse, town hall, pavilion and church meetinghouse. Thompson said the deal states the church will purchase, from the town of Clarkston, the town hall building for $60,000, current firehouse for $46,000, bowery for $15,500 and the easement for $12,000.
Included in the deal would be Clarkston paying $37,000 for land owned by the church to build the new firehouse on. The deal leaves $87,500 for the building itself said Thompson.
"Now we just need to send this letter out," he said.
The letter must include if the city would like to lease the town hall or firehouse following the deal for $600 and $450. Councilwoman Godfrey and Rindlisbacher said there is no use for the buildings after a new firehouse is built with a town hall on the second level.
In that case the LDS church would like to use the buildings as Daughters of Utah Pioneers or possibly during the week in August each year for the Martin Harris Pageant. Clarkston could rent the buildings for other purposes as well said Thompson.
Randy Jardine, former mayor and current candidate for council seat this November, acknowledged the need for more money than would be gained from the deal.
"We're depending on grant money to make up the difference," Thompson responded.
Two federal, state, or county grants are expected to cover the cost of the building as soon as land can be purchased.