Orangeville City discusses water bills
At the Orangeville City Council meeting on April 10, Treasurer Cindy Nielson brought it to the council's attention that there were several residents who had received unusually high water bills over the last six months. The increase in usage was due to water leaks. The city informed these residents of the leaks and requested that they be repaired. Nielson stated that after being made aware of the problem most residents had repaired it immediately. However, she wanted to know if the city would be willing to kick back some of the charges to help out the residents. Councilman Jeffery Tuttle suggested that it depended on where the leak was and if the resident was truly unaware of the problem. A lot of the leaks were outside of the home, but there were a few leaking toilets and faucets. City Recorder, Murleen Bean suggested taking the payments back to the minimum and watch next month's usage. If they overuse next month, then the leak has not been fixed and they will have to pay for the overuse. The council agreed to review the meter readings at next months meeting.
Nielson also reported on the inventory of all street signs in Orangeville. The city is required to do two checks during the year, one during the day and one at night. These checks will verify that all signs are clearly visible, the proper height and distance from the roads, and will also check the reflective properties at night.
She has also posted in the window of the City building the names of Orangeville residents that are on active duty with the military, in support of the troops. So far there have been nine names posted. She has asked residents to turn in the names of anyone serving in the military from the Orangeville area.
Tuttle reported on the drainage projects for this year. He brought in photos and plans for the curb and gutter that will be going in. He also reported that they are planning to expand Mill Dam Road to have two 10 foot OHV lanes.
Randall Stilson informed the council of the upcoming county meeting regarding the use of county roads for OHVs. He stated the need to "get every city involved and develop a master plan." He would like to see one ordinance for the whole county, to make enforcement easier. The roads that would be utilized would mostly be low-impact roads that lead to trail heads. He is working hard with the environmentalists and the OHV users to come to a compromise. He made a motion to pass the Orangeville OHV Ordinance before Easter/Spring Break and have it effective immediately upon posting. This is the ordinance stating that all OHV operators must be at least 16 years of age and hold a current driver's license. They must also wear approved helmets if under 18.
Stilson also mentioned the need to clean up the animal control building. He is working out the details with the sheriff's office. The building is city property that has been leased to the county.
Howard Shorthill announced that there is an opening for four alternates to the board of adjustments and three to four openings for board members on the planning and zoning committee. He also reported on the 21st Century Community program. The city needs to complete three more projects to receive the gold hockey puck.
Carol Ware spoke about Orangeville Day. The theme will be centered around recognizing armed forces and the freedoms that we enjoy because of military personnel. She noted that there will be a parade.
She also mentioned that Phillip Johnson has been doing the lawn treatments for the city parks and city hall and he asked Ware to mention a need to educate residents on watering. Johnson volunteered to conduct a seminar if the city would like. He would like to help educate citizens on how to properly water their lawns and how to mea
ter their lawns and how to measure if it is getting enough or too much water. Ware encourage residents to check their timers often.
Other business that was taken care of at the meeting was: curb and gutter project bid was awarded to Sinbad Construction. The city donated $100 to the American Legion Auxiliary. Bids for old city equipment were awarded to Lee Moss for a weed sprayer, Ted Curtis for a backhoe, Kean Luke for a dump truck, Mick Rogers for a drop spreader, Misty Fausett for printers and Randall Stilson for a Ford pickup. The money received for these items will go into a fund to help replace current city equipment as necessary. Dennis Tuttle reported that all known dogs have been licensed for 2003 and he estimates that there are currently between 330 and 340 dogs registered in Orangeville. Bean mentioned that the Cottontree Apartments will be converted into condos. There must be a public hearing due to changes in zoning. The council also voted to approve all changes to city ordinances that were announced in the public hearing prior to the council meeting. These include the cemetery, ATV, water and sewer and fee ordinances.
The next Orangeville City Council meeting will be held May 8, at 7:30 p.m.