Nibley to pay sewer connection fee for low-income families
NIBLEY -- Low-income families who couldn't pay for their house to be connected to the new sewer line will now be able to have it paid for by Nibley, City Manager Larry Ahnder told the City Council Thursday.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for sewer connection assistance will enable families who might not have been able to pay for connection of their home to the new sewer line, Ahnder said. Very low income families, as determined by the average adjusted income of families in Cache County, will have 100 percent of the connection cost paid, and moderate income families will have one half of the cost paid for by the CDBG, Ahnder said.
According to Ahnder, a family of two making $18,500 is very low income, or 50 percent of the average income of families in Cache County. A moderate income family is 80 percent of Cache County average family income.
The CDBG is from the United States government and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This could present some problems for families in Nibley who need the money to pay for the hookup, but won't take government money, Ahnder said.
"They are too proud," Ahnder said.
The council also talked about the property of John Payne, whose land has an easement upon which a road is built. He is claiming the city coerced him into giving up the land for the street for development in exchange for his building permit on his property.
But the council says the easement was determined 125 years ago when Brigham Young said roads shall be established in the valley by measuring one rod on each side of the section lines, which is about 16 feet on both sides.
"That's just the way it is," Councilman James Waite said. "He didn't have to build his house there."
In other business the council unanimously approved conditional use permits and business licenses for Powder Ridge Ski Tours, Duane Stonehouse and Patty Harris.