Emery County Economic Development Director Marc Stilson informed Orangeville City council members that an education council has been assembled and their duty is to address the areas that traditional schooling does not address. Several educational camps will be held this summer for students in several different subjects and ages groups.
One camp will be an arts camp for children in grades 1-6, and for grades 7-9, a science camp will be held. The camp for high school aged students will be held at the College of Eastern Utah and will be paleontology based. The course will consist of a 5 day camp with quarry excavation and field trips, a total of four nights camping at a quarry site Southeastern Utah. Students are responsible for supplying all necessary camping equipment. Transportation is provided to and from the camp. They are hoping to have scholarships available to help those students wishing to attend, with the cost of the camps.
The economic development council is also putting together incentive packages for new businesses who wish to locate in Emery County, and also for existing businesses that wish to expand. Beginning next month, the economic development council will be visiting with each city to inquire about anything that particular city would want to add into the packages.
Cathy Sitterud, from the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life introduced Barbara Moore who is the county chairman for this year's Relay to be held at Emery High School July 8-9. Moore challenged the city to have a team again this year and gave the council a packet of information and a package of rubber wrist bands to sell as fund raising items. The revenue from the sale of the wrist bands may be used as a portion of the entry fee for the team.
The Orangeville City Council approved to donate $100 to the Relay for Life, and this amount will also be credited to the entry fee. "We appreciate the support that Orangeville has given us in the past, as we look forward to this year's Relay," said Moore.
David Robertson used the citizen concerns portion of the meeting to inform the council of the progress of the remodeling project taking place at the city park.
When the plans were initially submitted for bids, they called for 12 feet of cabinets to be installed in the kitchen area of the building. Considering that a different set-up for the storage of the grill, and the installation of a stove, more cabinets are needed to finish the project. As the deadline for completion of the project is May 31,
additional cabinets will need to be ordered as soon as possible to allow for delivery.
Robertson also submitted a proposal to upgrade the electrical wiring in the building. With an upgrade to 200 amp service, the building's connections will be able to provide the power needed to supply not only the concession stand, but the other needs of the ball field. The council approved the purchase of two heaters to be installed in the building which will allow for use during the Christmas season.
The council approved to donate $100 to the SouthEastern Utah Junior Livestock show. George Stucki, from the stock show, told the council that the stock show brings in many people from around the state to Emery County. The funds donated by Orangeville will be used to help Orangeville residents at the stock show.
A business license was granted to Trenton Bennett, a general contractor. The issuance of the license is contingent upon Bennett appearing before the planning and zoning board for the necessary approval and clearance.
Ordinance 2005-2 was approved. The ordinance is the franchise renewal with Utah Power/PacifiCorp which allows their employees to come into the city to do installation and maintenance work on lines and poles. The present ordinance will expire in July and this new ordinance needs to be approved and signed before that date. There are no changes in this ordinance and those in the past.
The State of Utah has required all cities to have a 10 year annexation plan in force. This plan should encompass any anticipated annexations into the cities. During the course of formulating the plan, an overlapping boundary was discovered with Castle Dale. With negotiation, an agreement was reached and the new boundaries have been revised by Johansen and Tuttle. A map is available to show this revised boundary line. The council approved the annexation plan.
A request for proposal was issued by Orangeville City concerning engineering services for the curb, gutter and sidewalks projects, to which only one reply was received. The council approved to renew the agreement for engineering services with Johansen and Tuttle.
Dennis Tuttle, zoning administrator for Orangeville City, informed the council that building activity in the city is strong. There are many construction projects ongoing.
Sandra Huntington requested permission from the council to coordinate Orangeville Days. Her proposal included going back to the traditional celebration that was held in the past. The date of the celebration will be July 23 as July 24 falls on a Sunday this year. She told the council of her memories of the celebrations of her childhood and her wish that the children of Orangeville have those same childhood memories. Huntington volunteered to head up the celebration committee for a three year period.
"Sandra, this is the first time in the 20 years that I have been involved in the business dealings of Orangeville City, that someone has come before us and volunteered to do something. You are to be commended for your community spirit. In my opinion, the council should turn the event over to you," said Councilman Pat Jones. The council decided to take the proposal under consideration and make a decision at a later date.
Murleen Bean, city recorder, informed the council of the vandalism problems in the park during the past month. Someone has kicked in the vents and doors of the restrooms. Security was discussed and the council approved Bean to look into the price of security cameras.
Mayor Thayne Cox reported that the Utah Local Government Trust had been to Orangeville to inspect the properties held by the city. With no claims having been filed against the city from city workers, the Trust told Orangeville, "Well done. The city's maintenance facility is one of the cleanest, keep up the good work."
Mayor Cox also said that by participating in the recent pre-disaster mitigation plan, the city would now be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, should there be a need in the future.
Due to the retirement of Bean as city recorder, the city has approved to hire Ruanne Leeflang as the new city recorder. She began her duties on May 1 as deputy city recorder, and will train until Bean retires in July.
The next Orangeville City Council meeting will be held May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.