Heritage Days starts this week with rodeo
In Mayor Hilary Gordon's report to the city council, the upcoming Heritage Days Celebration was a main topic. The Heritage Days rodeo is this Friday and Saturday nights at the rodeo grounds with new bleachers now installed to give the fans a better view and a better seat.
Next week the fun will continue in the park and the highlights include the dinner Wednesday night with entertainment provided by the Val Jensen band, the free ice cream social Thursday night with entertainment provided by a group from up north called Lokalgrown and then the festivities on the fourth of July which include breakfast, entertainment, food in the park and culminates with fireworks that evening.
New this year will be a United States flag retirement presentation provided by local Boy scouts at the War Memorial at the cemetery.
The Mayor also reported that about 50 Christian youth from Greeley, Colo. were in town and provided assistance to the city at the dumpster site and at the park and other locations around town.
The City continued with a discussion concerning city insurance from the previous month. The Utah Local Governments Trust has presented a bid that was less than local provider Carbon Emery Insurance and the council is deciding which way to go for the year that starts July 1. The decision centers on going with the bid from Salt Lake that is less money versus shopping local with a company that has provided the city's insurance the last 30 years.
Councilperson Jerry Livingston reported the city is buying a new lawn mower that will be used mainly at the cemetery. It is a Walker mower with a rear dump and the city got it under the government bid rules.
The City then held two public hearings where the 2014 budgets for Huntington City and also the Huntington Municipal Building Authority were discussed along with both budgets for fiscal year 2015. After public input the council went out of the hearings and passed six resolutions to set the budgets along with certifying the property tax rate for next year at .001307.
The Huntington City budget for next year will be $691,903.00 and will be a slight increase over the current year as city collections has increased slightly.
The Council approved a motion to continue with the current lighting plan on the east side of Main Street between 300 South and 400 South. The City had budgeted $55,000 but the bid was for less than half of that and UDOT will cover almost half of that cost.
The Council has been debating changes to the city parking ordinances the past several months and the council voted to make alterations in the ordinance that concerned parking on city streets.
The council did not change the part of the ordinance concerning parking unlicensed, inoperable vehicles on city streets and the council wants those out of compliance to be dealt with. The Council also voted to not change the ordinance concerning the parking of trailers, boats, campers, etc. on city streets and will be sending out notices to those out of compliance.
Councilperson Mark Justice reported that the work being done at the rodeo grounds will be complete before the city rodeo starts and that the second phase of changes could start shortly after the rodeo concludes. The city is looking at a new restroom and concession stand on the side of the chutes along with some playground equipment in a new playground.
The Heritage Days rodeo begins each night at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with pre-rodeo events at 6:30 p.m.