The Orangeville City Youth Football Team presented the city council with two trophies that they won last year from the league championships. They are giving the trophies to the council to display at city hall and plan to add more trophies this year. They also asked for a donation to help purchase practice jerseys for the team, equipment and to help with an end-of-season party for the youth. The council agreed to donate $100 and would like a picture of the team to display with the trophies.
The new youth council was also present at the meeting. Each member was introduced to the council and stated their position on the youth council. Members are: Chandler Tanner, Mayor; Alyssa Cox, Mayor-Elect; Kira Humphrey, Mayor-Elect; Councilmembers Tony Keegan, Louis Duke, Jessica Tuttle, Raquel Cox and Katie Reynolds; Casey Murray, Recorder; Sonny Robertson, Treasurer; and alternate councilmembers Shari Tuttle, Tyler Tuttle, and Chelsea Humphrey.
The youth council will be meeting the third Thursday of each month. Each member has signed an agreement to attend 75 percent of all meetings, maintain a 3.0 grade point average in school, be a proper example to their peers and fulfill all assignments required for their position. The theme for this year is "Service with a Smile."
A resident came to discuss the family's gazebo they built. She reviewed the events of the past few months as she remembers them. She and her family spent about six weeks constructing the gazebo. She questioned whether or not it was necessary to obtain a building permit and figured that if it was, the council would let them know. No one stopped them or discussed permits with them during the six weeks they were building the gazebo. When the gazebo was nearly complete, she received a letter from the city stating that she needed to move trees that were too close to the sidewalk. The letter also
stated that if the gazebo were on her frontage road, she would need to move it back 25 feet, and if it was classified as an "accessory building" it would need to be moved 40 feet back. She attended a planning and zoning meeting where she was informed that they were not allowed to ask for a variance because the gazebo was a man-made obstruction not a natural obstruction. She received a request to attend a Board of Adjustments meeting. She received a call just prior to the meeting requesting that she bring a drawing of her yard, to scale. She didn't have time to get the drawing together and hadn't received any information from the planning and zoning committee, so she did not attend the Board of Adjustments meeting. She then received another letter stating that she had 30 days to move the gazebo or the city would take her to court. She found that they are unable to appeal. She also received a letter asking her to ask for a variance, which she had previously been told was illegal.
She has contacted David McKay, who is over the building inspectors for the state of Utah. He has informed her that the gazebo is a "decoration" rather than an "accessory building," and that if the building is under 200 square feet, it does not require a building permit. She copied a page out of the International Residential Code book and brought for the council to look at. She thinks that Orangeville City codes may not comply with the IRC and would like them to look into it. Her gazebo is 165 square feet.
Patrick Jones noted that he had contacted the Utah League of Cities and Towns and they had told him that no ordinance in the state would allow that size of structure in a front lot line and that the city has a moral obligation to abide by existing laws. Howard Shorthill stated that the Utah Building Code states that the building requires a permit if it is over 120 square feet.
The resident said that she is giving the city a chance to review the information and look into the ordinances to see if changes need to be made, before going to court. The council said that the interpretation of ordinances vary from person to person.
The Orangeville ordinance states that any corner lot must have all "accessory buildings," which the city has determined the gazebo to be, must be 40 feet back from the lot line. The gazebo is directly in the line of sight. The council made it clear that she is not in violation of the building code, but in violation of the zoning ordinance. No agreement between the two parties was reached at the meeting.
In other business, the council also held two public hearings at the meeting. The first was to obtain public information on uses for the Community Development Block Grant money. The second was for the annexation policy. The city has a map of where they would like the future growth of the city to be. Apparently, part of Orangeville's area overlapped the area already designated by Castle Dale City and needed to be adjusted. The planning and zoning committee must approve all changes before the ordinance can be passed. There were no comments for either hearing.
The citizens selected as judges for the Nov. 4 election are Sandra Oman, Julie Watson, Janean Hinkins with Kim Leffler as an alternate judge.
In council reports, Dennis Tuttle, planning and zoning, mentioned that there were more people calling before beginning building projects. Cindy Nielson, treasurer, reminded the council to review the investment policy. She wants to get it sent into the national board for approval, which takes about six months. This will protect the city's money from being invested improperly. The state regulations will set the guides for investing. Murleen Bean, recorder, announced that the city had received a certificate of appreciation from Workforce Services for hiring through them. The council has set the date for the Christmas party as Dec. 9. Randall Stilson has been trying to obtain a city vehicle. He has tried to obtain it by donation, but has had little luck. He has found that most likely they will have to go through the auction on Nov. 1, and buy one. He also made a motion to give all full-time employees the Friday following Thanksgiving off with pay. Employees will remain on call. The motion passed unanimously. He noted that the new sign by the bridge has been bent and needs to be fixed. He also stressed the need for citizens to get out and vote on Nov. 4. Write-ins must be a registered candidate and they must register by Oct 21.
Jeffery Tuttle reported that Orangeville used about 58 acres of secondary water in September, which is very good. The city used about the same amount as Castle Dale.
The next Orangeville City Council meeting will be held Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.