Improvements along Center in Castle Dale City
Castle Dale City met in their August meeting to conduct business on a number of issues. The Emery High construction class will be building the new children's justice center in Castle Dale. The Emery County School District has donated two water shares to the project. Mayor Neal Peacock requested the culinary water hook-up and the sewer connection fees be waived for the project. Emery County is paying for the construction of the center which will look like a residential home. Upon completion the building will be rented by the state for use as a children's justice center. The council approved the waiving of the fees which total approximately $2,100.
Emery County Commissioner Gary Kofford spoke to the council in regards to the Emery County Aquatics Center. The county would like to have the land adjacent to the pool made into a park. The area needs to be built up. The county would like to get water to the land and have grass planted. The council thought a soccer field would be good there too. The county needs a secondary water connection to accomplish their project. Kofford wondered what is required to get this done, if not this fall then by spring for sure. Castle Dale City waived any fees involved in getting this connection. The county would like a two inch connection or larger to be adequate for the needs of that large area.
It was mentioned that Castle Dale City doesn't have the resources to build a park, so they are glad the county is taking the lead on the project. The maintenance of the park was also talked about, and Gaylee Jeffs said the recreation department could get involved with the maintenance of the new park. Castle Dale City is the largest shareholder on the Cottonwood Creek system and water for the park shouldn't be a problem.
Kofford said as the park is developed they will involve the Castle Dale City council in the planning. A soccer field and T-ball fields are needed. Kofford said they want to get the bid out and get what work done they can before winter. The area will need a large quantity of fill dirt. Mayor Peacock said he envisions the new pool and the surrounding park being used for family gatherings and reunions as well as other activities. The new pool will be an asset to the county.
John Sehestedt with the housing authority requested permission to water at night as they are having a hard time keeping the public housing complex lawns watered during the set watering hours. The council granted permission for the nighttime watering.
Beau Stoker from Emery Telcom was on hand to explain the new franchise ordinance involving the launching of a new TV system by Emery Telcom. It is similar to satellite TV systems and will offer a local content channel. The franchise tax is 3 percent and this money collected will go to Castle Dale City for permitting the operation of the system within the city. No new lines will be installed, the new TV will come directly through the phone lines which are already in place. They hope to have the new system up and running by November. There will be a two hour installation in the subscribers home. Packages will be offered which bundle the TV service along with the phone service and DSL. There is a 250 channel line up.
The council determined to have their lawyer look at the franchise agreement. As the agreement is an ordinance a public hearing will need to be held for input from local residents. The public hearing will be held at the next council meeting in September.
Other issues the council was dealing with included no fines for watering violations. They will look at implementing fines for those who abuse the watering schedule. There have been some residents watering 24-7 which is clearly in violation.
Another problem includes people parking their camp trailers on the street on city property. This creates a hazard and obstruction on the streets and children and cars are hard to see around the trailers. Letters have been sent out and some residents have complied, but some are still parking on the street. Some of the trailers are also being used as a residence which is illegal. Trailers are allowed on the street 24 hours for loading and unloading purposes. Beyond that they are in violation. The council will look at fines for these violations.
The council discussed exactly what a business license entitles the business owner to do. The business license is for the right to conduct business within the city. The types of businesses are regulated through the zoning district rules. Businesses must comply to zoning. Penalties and fines can be imposed if businesses are not in compliance with zoning regulations. Castle Dale will look into using fines to correct these problems in the city. They do not want to pull business licenses. They would just like businesses to comply.
The council agreed to check the set backs in the new subdivision to make sure they are in compliance.
Richard Herring said they have been sending out notices to alert water wasters. They will address old houses in the city which need to be torn down during next spring cleanup time. He reported each fire department now has a set of air bags and jaws. "Each department has enough to handle emergencies," said Herring. He has also picked up the bids for fireworks for next summer's celebration. If the fireworks are ordered early, then a cheaper price can be locked in.
Nosh Arrien, Castle Dale worker said the cross walks have all been painted and new signs installed which say children at play and slow down signs. New power poles are going up along Center Street. The great wall of Castle Dale should be done by October.
The Youth leadership summit is coming in September. The youth who worked at the lamb fry were treated to a trip to Lagoon.
Jeffs thanked the city workers and the fire department for all their help during the fair and rodeo. Oct. 25 will be the pumpkin festival with games, pumpkin painting and dinner.
Councilman Jack Rogers reported he is working on Gov. Huntsman's water conservation plan.
Mayor Peacock said he is working on a secondary water ordinance. He has written the plan and distributed a copy to each councilperson for their review and input. He also submitted a copy to the Castle Valley Special Service District. He would like to have the ordinance in place by spring.
Mayor Peacock thanked Nosh for his help during Montell Seely's funeral and for getting things ready. "We have lost a great citizen and his loss will be deeply felt," said Mayor Peacock.
Mayor Peacock also thanked councilmember Joel Dorsch for the extra time he put in getting Castle Dale ready for the rodeo, pageant and fair.