Clawson discusses possible annexation
Clawson Town reported 74 percent of their residents have returned their census forms. The Clawson town council discussed the fees for reconnections for a water line where the water is temporarily shut-off. Mayor Mandy Price will talk to Jacob Sharp at the Castle Valley Special Service district for the correct procedure on handling reconnects. Vaughn Reid attended the council meeting to check on a water connection. The land he purchased had a prior agreement in place which guaranteed a water connection due to allowing the water company to place a water tank on his property. Dean Allen will check the city records to make sure this agreement is still effective.
Trudy Waddoups gave the treasurer report. She instructed the budget will need to be amended to include monies divided between general and enterprise funds. The amended budget will reflect these changes and a public hearing was held on April 15 at 6 p.m. for this purpose.
The councilmembers gave their reports: Sue Simmons said she attended the monthly meeting for the Emery County Economic Development Council. The council is working with Conductive Composites in Green River to help them further their business expansion into Green River. A successful economic summit was held in Green River in March. An agriculture related summit is being planned for fall in Green River. Bear Canyon LLC is reopening the old Co-op mine in Huntington Canyon. They hope to hire locally for those positions. Simmons also said there was a report on the shutdown at Hunter plant and the economic benefits derived by the community from the influx of workers to the area.
Gerry Hatch reported a new idea developed by the CVSSD concerning the cities and their monetary contributions to the chip and seal projects. In the past the cities contribute their road monies the year they are scheduled for maintenance work. The new idea is to have the cities contribute each year to the maintenance fund and then there won't be an increase for the cities the year their streets are due for maintenance. This will even out payments and make budgeting easier for the cities. Hatch also talked about expanding service district boundaries to the towns. This is a good time if any citizens near the city want to be annexed to get that completed. It was discussed possibly annexing those on Bench Road into the town.
Hatch reported in the Rock Canyon area it will take approximately a half million dollars to expand the sewer system to the approximate 20 dwellings there. The residents who are annexed into the city will be able to have a sewer system and secondary water at some point. The Rock Canyon area isn't good for septic tanks. The advantages and disadvantages to being within city limits was discussed. If you are outside the city limits, then the property taxes are lower, but the water and sewer charges are higher. When the residents are annexed into the city, their property taxes rise a little, but their sewer and water rates lower. Clawson resident, Gary Price said he will help the council look into the sewer system and talk to the residents at Rock Canyon. "The sooner the better, I don't see a disadvantage to it," said Price.
Allen reported he has fielded several complaints from residents who would like junk cleaned up around the city. Allen will review the ordinance, get it rewritten and submit it for public hearing. The rewrite will be more specific and will contain penalties for noncompliance. Allen said the goal is to make Clawson more attractive for current residents, to attract future residents and foster a better standard of living for the whole community. Exceptions will be made for farm equipment housed within the city boundaries. Allen reported dogs running loose are a real problem in the town. Hatch said the dogs can be taken to the pound if they can be caught. The council discussed trapping the animals and taking them to the pound if they continue to run loose.
The town ordered new tables for use in the town hall and they were the wrong size. Allen will take the tables back to Orem and pick up the correct size. The town council will work on becoming NIMS compliant on April 15 when Camille Huntsman will visit the town. This compliance is important so all city council members are trained in the event of a natural or other disaster and they can aid in the emergency preparations for their community. The mayor reported the census will be hiring workers in each town to go house to house and gather information for addresses who didn't return their census forms. The town has a stop sign missing and it was also reported the welcome Clawson signs are in bad shape and need replacing. New signs will be cut from metal and local scouts will use it as an eagle project for the installation of the signs. It is a state law that it must be a break-away sign if it is within the state right-of-way. This will be looked into. One of the signs is on private property, so that law wouldn't apply.
The council made a $100 donation to the Emery Recreation for the printing of next year's calendar of events. The 2010 calendar of events is out now and available at city halls throughout the county.
May 15 will be the Clawson Town Arbor Day celebration. They will fix the trees at the cemetery and rehabilitate the trees at the ball park. They will place stakes around the trees and secure them with wire. Anyone interested in helping can meet at the city park pavilion at 10 a.m.
The council voted to place a $5 per month fee on inactive water meters. The fee for inactive sewers is $3 a month.
The next Clawson Town meeting will be on May 13.