Castle Dale City recently held a public hearing to take public comment on the rezoning of a portion of private property inside the city. The property now holds R-1 MHP (mobile home park) and the hearing is to consider rezoning the land to L-1 (light industrial).
The property, owned by Ben Killpack, has been reviewed by the Castle Dale planning and zoning committee and Kerry Lake, committee chairman, stated they had recommended the public hearing. No public comments were given, and the public hearing was closed.
Following the reopening of the Castle Dale City Council meeting, the council approved to make the zoning change from mobile home park to light industrial.
A resolution of the city council by Castle Dale City to authorize the municipal building authority of Castle Dale to issue and sell $357,000 taxable lease revenue refunding bonds, and $355,000 taxable lease bonds was discussed. Mayor Neal Peacock explained the city's lawyers have reviewed the resolution and found everything to be in order. The council meeting was again adjourned to open the MBA meeting.
Joel Dorsch, chairman of the MBA, explained the process of letting out the bids for the project, which is the indoor arena to be constructed at the rodeo grounds in Castle Dale. Each portion of the project is outlined, from ground preparation, installation of utilities, administration and legal fees, equipment, to purchase and installation of the metal building.
During the first round, the bids came in more than $100,000 over available funding. With several contingencies, the bids have been returned for a total of $25,000 under available monies. The council approved a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of the two bonds, Series 2005A and Series 2005B.
In another matter for the MBA, the bids for the arena project were accepted. The bids were from: CO Building in Ephraim, Magnuson Lumber, Geneva Rock, Ernie Jensen, Industrial Electric, Johansen and Tuttle Engineering, and Kee Engineering. After accepting the bids, the MBA meeting was adjourned.
Back in the regular city council meeting, the council approved the canvass of the election. The election results were: in the mayoral race, Neal Peacock, 297 votes; in the council race, Gay Lee Jeffs, 167, Ed Rasbold, 118, Jack R. Rogers, 168, and Dan Whiteleather, 156. Three hundred sixteen voters turned out to vote in the Castle Dale election.
Carolyn Jorgensen, city clerk, reported several problems have arisen with the addressing changes recently undertaken by the county. Castle Dale council passed an ordinance during the September meeting to make it mandatory that those houses with addressing changes be done in a timely manner. Mayor Peacock expressed again the necessity of the changes.
"It is in the city's residents best interest to change their house numbers as soon as possible. There are a couple of cases where two different homes have the same address numbers, and from an emergency services standpoint, it is imperative the correct numbers are posted. As a city council, we will do everything possible to aid the residents of Castle Dale with the changes. The county has undertaken notification of the emergency services, utility companies, and delivery services. The residents of Castle Dale are responsible to do their part, and the city will do what it can to help," said Mayor Peacock.
"It is a violation of the ordinance, a misdemeanor, for residents not to change their house numbers if it is required. The changes were noted on the last water bills sent by the city. If a citizen has any questions, or input as to how the city can help with the change, contact city hall. We hope to have the city in compliance with the changes by the end of the year," continued Mayor Peacock. "We have already had problems with some utilities, billings and shutoffs, due to the fact that one resident has changed their address and another neighbor has not. Violation of the ordinance is an unacceptable situation."
Richard Herring, Castle Dale City fire chief, informed the council concerning a workshop he had recently attended. He stated the recommendation from the facilitator of the workshop was for all towns and cities to consider adoption of an emergency abatement ordinance. The purpose of this ordinance is to provide the city with an avenue of recourse for eliminating unsafe, problem structures.
Herring gave the council an example of an existing ordinance, a list of proposed criteria for the designation of an unsafe structure, along with enforcement suggestions. The council instructed the planning and zoning committee to review the items and bring them back, with recommendations, to the council at a future date.
In other fire department business, Herring said the fire department has been conducting a survey of the fire hydrants in the city. Those hydrants that are not working properly have been noted, and repairs have been requested. If a hydrant with problems is located on private property, the property owner has been notified.
Other items from the council were: the Christmas decorations will be put up on Nov. 19 by the youth city council; the animal control ordinance is in the process of being reworked; Mayor Peacock will serve on the swimming pool location committee; asphalt work will begin at the cemetery next week; and several water and drainage problems in the city are being addressed.
The next Castle Dale City Council meeting will be Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at city hall.