Castle Dale City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 11. To open the meeting, Mayor Neal Peacock asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of September 11, 2001.
The first agenda item was a Castle Dale resident with concerns about young people in the streets at night. It was reported to the council that the resident's home had been vandalized by some young boys setting a fire on the front porch. Also, the resident's daughters home had been egged. This resident reported that law enforcement they had purportedly been called and had told them that there is no curfew law in Castle Dale.
Mayor Peacock assured the resident that there is definitely a curfew law in Castle Dale. He reported that the curfew law now in effect is universal for the entire county. Several years ago, the mayors met with the sheriff's office to make the law uniform for ease of enforcement. The curfew law reads that no person under the age of 16 is to be out on the streets between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The resident also reported that the officer had told them not to worry as these are only harmless pranks. The resident informed the council that they do not feel that a fire and throwing eggs to be harmless. Another resident reported having heard gunshots near the elementary school during school hours.
Mayor Peacock was very concerned and assured the residents that he will personally talk to the law enforcement and express his concern over these incidents. These are very serious acts of aggression and will not be tolerated. Discharging a firearm inside city limits is a federal offense. He will do whatever is required to ensure that the curfew law is enforced.
In other city business, the council approved the names of residents to be called for election judges. The council also discussed the need for an ordinance requiring sewer connections. Councilman Jack Rogers has written a new ordinance for consideration and he presented it to the council. Councilman Doug Weaver read a portion of the city code that expresses nearly the same items.
After the discussion of the differences in the two ordinances and the events leading to this necessity, the council approved to advertise the new ordinance and hold a public hearing on it before the next council meeting.
Councilman Weaver proposed an amendment to the current city code regarding commercial property and subdivision developers. This amendment would require the owners and developers to be responsible for the installation of curb, gutter and sewer. Weaver also informed the council of the need to hold a hearing for the appointment of new members on the planning and zoning committee. The guidelines for these appointments also require clarification.
Mayor Peacock instructed Councilman Weaver to contact Bryant Anderson and Kerry Lake for investigation into the matter of a construction project. The contractor has not obtained a second water and sewer connection for a second building. It was the contractors feeling that the buildings are on the same state owned property and he could connect the two buildings. Mayor Peacock has some reservations concerning the codes and legalities of this action.
Castle Dale City approved the placement of three dumpsters around the city for the fall clean up.
Also the burn window is Sept. 20-Oct. 19. Mayor Peacock stressed the need for residents to obtain a burn permit at city hall prior to burning. This is necessary for the fire department to be aware of where the fires are and when.
Councilman Brad Giles requested the council to inform the residents of Castle Dale to remove all obstructions including trees, shrubs and debris from around all traffic signs and sidewalks.
The next Castle Dale City Council meeting will be held Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.