Cleveland Town Fills Vacancy
Cleveland Town Council held its regular meeting March 13 at 7 p.m. in the city hall. Those present at the meeting were Mayor Jeff Horrocks, councilmembers Richard Murdoch, Freda Fillmore and Karen Nielsen. Jamie Jensen, clerk was also on hand. After Councilman Murdoch led the group in the pledge of allegiance, Mayor Horrocks convened a public hearing to hear comments from residents. This hearing was the second opportunity for residents of Cleveland to voice their opinions concerning the 2003-04 Community Block Development Grant amended plan. The planned use for the nearly $30,000 in funds is for the acquisition of safety equipment for the volunteer firefighters in Cleveland and equipment for the fire trucks. Horrocks asked for questions or comments and hearing none, he closed the hearing afterwhich he convened the town council meeting.
Minutes from the Feb. 13 meeting were read and approved with no corrections. The first item for consideration was the issuance of a building permit. A representative of the applicant was present to supply the plans for the home to be built. The council reviewed the plans and considered the set back requirements. After consideration, the council approved the building permit.
A building permit for Mayor Horrocks was next on the agenda. Horrocks explained the purpose of the building and the construction specifications. Upon consideration and contingent on the application, the building permit will be issued.
Mayor Horrocks then explained to the council that he had attended the auction and acquired the piece of property discussed in a prior meeting. He requested that the council approve the reallocation of the funds to cover costs on the stipulation that when the trailer is sold, the money will be replaced. The council voted to move the funds from the sewer and water fund to the general fund to accommodate this purchase with the stipulation that when the trailer is sold, the money will be put back into the water and sewer fund.
Jensen informed the council that Utah Power had been to the site with regards to the transformer on the property. Utah Power wants to remove the transformer unless electricity is needed on the property. The council discussed this issue and decided to allow Utah Power to remove the transformer as there is no need for electricity at this time.
Mayor Horrocks next explained the request from Vicki Rasmussen from Cleveland Elementary for the city to help fund the arts program that the school will be presenting again this year. The council approved to give the same amount as last year.
The next item on the agenda was the summer flowers for the town planters. Mayor Horrocks reported that he had investigated and that it would take approximately 500 gallons of water to sustain the planters through the summer. He asked if the council wanted to pursue ordering the flowers and watering them all summer. The council discussed the water need and the need to hire someone to do the watering. After some discussion the council approved to again order and maintain the planters. Fillmore suggested that the council look into purchasing perennials to alleviate the need to purchase flowers year after year.
Mayor Horrocks explained to the council that he had been to a water meeting recently with Darrel Leamaster. The water allotments for the upcoming summer will likely be at or slightly below last years allocations. Mayor Horrocks said that at the very best, it will be a dry season and that one analyst at the meeting had said it could be only 40 percent of last year. He also stated that another meeting is upcoming on March 20, he stated that Leamaster will have guidelines for water restrictions and the council can look at those guidelines and decide at the council meeting in April. Mayor Horrocks also suggested that the city waive secondary water fees for residents who sell or lease their shares to the city.
Another business license applicant came before the council. This resident also wanted a business license. After some explanation of his plans, the resident was told by the council that it would need to check into the building specifications before they could issue a building permit. The resident was granted a business license.
Dave Emery representing Emery Telcom was next to come before the council. Emery explained that Emery Telcom has purchased a small portion of land on which to build a 16x20 foot concrete building. This building will house a communications remote for service to Elmo. Emery stated that it is not a business to be housed in the building so they do not need a business license. Mayor Horrocks informed Emery that this particular piece of property may have a water line running through one end. The council approved the building permit contingent on Emery acquiring clearance from the special service district concerning the water line. Emery was also informed that he should contact Leamaster to obtain the specifications on culvert installation.
The next item on the agenda was a resident with several questions concerning a water hookup. The property he owns may be on the county side of the road and he questioned the council about the possibility of obtaining a water hookup for this property. His plans are to use the culinary hookup temporarily to water some livestock but, that in the future, he would like to have the hookup available in the event one of his children want to build a home on the property. Mayor Horrocks mentioned that the property may have to be annexed into the city. Horrocks requested that the resident speak with Leamaster at the special service district to inquire about the proper procedure for the property location.
At the Feb. 13 meeting, Councilman Glade Westwood resigned his postition on the council. The next item on the agenda was to review the applications of the interested parties. The council read the letters and after some discussion and an abstention by one councilmember, the council approved the appointment of Greg Oliver to the vacant position. Oliver will be sworn in at the April council meeting.
The next item on the agenda was a resident with a request to the council concerning the appropriation of the old flagpole that had been removed from the cemetery. He stated that his grandfather had erected the flagpole originally and he would be extremely grateful to the council if they would let him have the flagpole as a remembrance of his grandfather. Mayor Horrocks told the resident that he would meet the resident the next day and help get the items from the city storage lot.
Mayor Horrocks then read a letter from a Cleveland scout stating some ideas concerning raising money to finish the park project.
Councilwoman Nielsen informed the council of her progress with the arrangements for the July 24 celebration.
Mayor Horrocks reported to the council of several impending projects. The sidewalk project would be decided the following day. The curb and gutter project will likely be six blocks with one block on Main Street. Also, the roads that currently have curb and gutter will be reasphalted sometime this summer.
Councilwoman Nielsen requested information about the clean-up projects and suggested two separate locations as possibilities. Regarding another clean-up site in the city, Mayor Horrocks instructed Jensen to send one more letter of request to the property owner.
Jensen informed the council that the grant to purchase trees for the park had come through. She asked the council to consider the number and kind of trees to be ordered.
After the bills were approved and paid the council adjourned with the next meeting scheduled for April 10 at 7 p.m.