In the August Huntington city Council meeting, it again was clarified that Huntington City has no involvement in any proposed restoration of the flour mill located at about 550 W. 400 N. in the city. The flour mill is on the National Historical register. A preservation organization that is accepting additional members is being formed and will be responsible for any work performed. During the public comment period, a concerned citizen questioned this again and seemed satisfied with the answer that Huntington city was not involved in this organization.
Councilperson Julie Jones then led a discussion on clarifying cemetery rules and regulations, which were later adopted by the council. Cemetery property, which before was non-transferable, can now be transferred with written permission from the mayor and the sexton. Also changed was the size of monuments allowed in the cemetery with prior approval. It was clarified as to who is responsible for the placing, cleaning, raising, repair or removal of markers or monuments. Perpetual care funds of cemetery lots will now be in default after a single year rather than the previous 10 years.
In other business, Mayor Hilary Gordon commented the Desert Edge Christian Chapel thanked the city for weed removal on public property near their location and again thanked the city for the sidewalk along Main Street between 400 South and 500 South. The chapel recently finished more landscaping along that sidewalk and is getting ready for more improvements including a pavilion and grass for a soccer field. These improvements will be available to all, not just church members.
Councilperson Jerry Livingston reported the summer construction season is nearing an end and all projects in the city are progressing nicely. Livingston reminded residents that it is against city ordinance to park on sidewalks and that includes in driveways. Now that the city has more new sidewalks, this is important to remember.
Councilperson Travis Larsen reported there is sufficient water still in our reservoirs and that city use will not be restricted this year. Electric Lake is at 82 percent full, Huntington is at 90 percent, Millers Flat is at 78 percent, Cleveland at 59 percent and Huntington North is at 63 percent.
Larsen reported the city will receive a new fire truck this fall and will then retire one of the older trucks. The city has added an additional $500 to the fireworks fund so that Heritage Days can have a longer show next year.
The city will be touring the Huntsman Motors building to evaluate turning the building into a fire station. It is questioned if the doors are currently big enough for the trucks but that will be looked at to see if it will work. The location would benefit the city and those who need response as the location is on the highway and not in a residential area. This consideration for use of this building is early in the process but if viable, government grants would be applied for the purchase of the building.