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Orangeville Days

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Orangeville has been busy. They recently finished their Veterans Memorial monument and gazebo at the city cemetery. They are busily preparing for the Orangeville Days celebration which begins July 19. At their July council meeting they handled the business of the city, the meeting started with an opening prayer by Courtney Cox and pledge of allegiance to the flag by Carole Larsen followed by the approval of minutes from previous meetings, and the approval of bills and warrants.

Orangeville City Fire Chief Tracy Addley reported on a recent fire in the Joe's Valley Area caused by a propane gas leak. Addley said, he was short on people to help with this structure fire and there is a need for trained volunteer fire department personnel available during the daylight hours. He said the fire department needs more young people ranging in ages 18-50. He even has some ladies on the fire department. He has asked a number of people, but they do not want to volunteer. Addley indicated that the Fire Department may not be volunteer much longer, meaning that cities may have to have paid fire fighters some time in the future.

The volunteers are required to take training in several areas of expertise at an expense to the volunteer. Training for certificates in such areas as Wild Land Fires costs $100; Hazardous Material costs $100; Fire Fighter one-$150; Fire Fighter two-$200, Fire Fighter 3 and 4 costs $250 each. Addley requested that the city reimburse those volunteer fire fighters that obtain these certificates as each course takes several hours of training and in some cases two days. Wild Land Fire Training is required each year and is a four hour refresher. The above training certificates have to be renewed each year. Addley said, "To be fair to those who have already paid for the training the reimbursement should be retroactive."

Members of the City Council felt that the fire fighters should be compensated for this training. According to Addley the State of Utah is soon going to make it mandatory that all fire fighters be trained as Fire Fighter one. The higher levels of training requires an increase in cost and more time in classes. The city fire department has 15-16 volunteer fire fighters and not all of them will want to take the training. Wild Land Fire training is set up for now and after all the hunts there will be Fire Fighter one training.

Mayor Jones asked how many fire fighters do we have that are trained as Fire Fighter one. Addley said none, he also said he used to be, but he let it go. Three are trained on Hazmat and one trained on Wild Land Fires. The training is necessary for liability protection for the city and the fire chief. Keeping up with all the MFDA standards is getting to be a problem for the department, however we are within the current guidelines.

Mayor Jones said, "These expenses are not in the budget." The Mayor said the city could pay the fire fighters that have recently trained. The council approved the payment. These training expenses will be added to the budget for next year.

Addley reported the fire department will have a barbecue on Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m.for the fire fighters and city council. The city wrote off four water bills, two for misreading the water meter and half for two with water leaks. Mayor Jones announced that Orangeville Cemetery caretaker Jack Davis is retiring and has tendered his two weeks notice. Jack's last day will be July 24. The job has been posted.

A cemetery ordinance was discussed requiring a cement mulch strip around any newly installed headstones. This will make mowing the cemetery easier. This ordinance was tabled.

Cindy Nielson reported a law passed in 2008 in which the government requires the city to use E-Verify for all new employees, contractors and new business licenses. "We have no choice," she said. We have to register and start using it.

The State Department of Natural Resources has 50/50 grants available for recreation purposes.

Such as the acquisition of real property for outdoor recreation, sports, playing fields, picnic facilities, camping and swimming facilities.

July 20 the Orangeville Skate Park will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. The skate park equipment should arrive July 18 for assembly.

Courtney Cox reported the city is sponsoring a beautify your yard contest and a service project in the Orangeville City Welcome Park. The clean up of the Bell Service Station needs to be completed.

Jeffery Tuttle reported the city needs to pay Arrow Head Construction for the skate park concrete, etc., $52,391.30.

Mark Tuttle said, The Orangeville Utah War Veterans Memorial with gazebo in the Orangeville Cemetery is complete and really looks nice. A few additional names will need to be added. These missing Veterans names were only recently discovered. If you have lived in or are living in Orangeville and are a veteran your name should be on this memorial. The wars listed on this memorial include: Mexican War 1846-1848, Mormon Battalion, Walker-Utah Indian War 1853, Civil War, Black Hawk War 1867-1872, World War I April 6, 1917-Nov 11, 1918, World War II Dec 7, 1941-Dec 31, 1946, after World War II, Korean War June 25, 1950-Jan 31, 1955, Post Korean War Period, Vietnam War Feb 28, 1961-May 7, 1975, post Vietnam War Period, Lebanon-Granada Aug 24, 1982-July 31, 1984, Panama Dec. 20, 1989-Jan 31, 1990, Gulf Wars, Aug 2, 1990, National Guard or Reserves not called to active duty. The council wants to thank Derek and Logan Tuttle for their Eagle project along with Danny Curtis Masonry and Bunderson Monument. They were instrumental in having the Veterans Monument erected in Orangeville Cemetery.

Mayor Jones said Councilman Mark Tuttle and his wife Dickcie researched the gazebo and found it up north. The city installed the gazebo. The planning for the July 24th city celebration is going well.

The Orangeville Days celebration starts July 19 with a family swim night 6-8 p.m. at the Emery County Aquatics Center, at 8 p.m. a barbecue cook off sponsored by the Orangeville Fire Department at Orangeville Park. Tuesday, July 20 there will be an ATV Poker Run, Wednesday, July 21 Trap Shooting. Thursday July 22 at 7 p.m. a bike race, wheeler derby, and home run hitting contest followed by a movie in the park at dusk. Friday, July 23 ay 5:30 p.m. a children's parade, a flag ceremony, a Humphrey Lamb Fry (and roast beef) Dinner and entertainment. Saturday July 24 a 5K Run, at 7 a.m., a breakfast in the park 7:30-9 a.m., followed by a parade at 10 a.m. with games after the parade.

Castle Dale Stake will be hosting a picnic that night July 24 at the rodeo grounds park in Castle Dale.

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