swears in new youth council
By Brooke Barker
March 2, 2006 | RICHMOND -- There's a new council
in town as of Tuesday night. Thirteen members of the
city Youth Council, including a new youth mayor, Melody
Jensen, were sworn in by Mayor Michael Hall at the City
"This will be a good experience. I was telling Melody
earlier how I served as a youth mayor in Lewiston. Good
luck to all of you," Hall said after the youth council
repeated the oath.
The new youth council has a conference in March at
Utah State University, where they will learn how to
be better leaders and get involved in the community.
After Hall excused the teenagers and their parents,
the council got down to business. They passed three
ordinances and one resolution.
Ordinance 2006-1 establishes Richmond city's manual
of design and construction standards. It will be available
to contractors and developers at cost as soon as it
can be printed. A public meeting will most likely be
held in March to discuss the changes to developers and
contractors, but a date was not set during the meeting.
"The changes let them [contractors and developers]
know, 'Hey guys, some things have changed in Richmond.
We've entered the real world.' This gives our policy
some teeth on being sure the infrastructure is done
correctly," City Manager Marlowe Adkins said Adkins
explained how in the past some sewage systems were installed
improperly, and the new changes can help guarantee things
are done correctly in the future.
Ordinance 2006-2 involving subdivision regulations
was approved after Councilman Allen Lundgreen spent
five minutes checking to make sure the changes he asked
for during the last planning and zoning meeting had
Ordinance 2006-3 involves requirements someone must
meet before being granted a certificate of occupancy.
Most of the requirements added to the checklist for
inspectors were based on previous experiences as well
as Hyrum's requirements. The ordinance met opposition
among members concerning the wording of one of the requirements
-- a driveway. In the end the council decided that an
all-weather surface should be used rather than the words
"permanently paved." An all-weather surface includes
any permanent pavement as well as gravel.
"The main priority is mud. We're trying to keep homes
from looking like a disaster area, where every time
someone backs up they bring mud onto the street and
no one else can drive on it without four-wheel drive,"
Adkins explained to a citizen attending the meeting
with a troop of Boy Scouts.
A fourth ordinance was discussed but will not be approved
until the next meeting. It involves pretreatment of
wastewater policy and procedures. The council was apprehensive
about agreeing to an ordinance they hadn't yet looked
over. The document came to the city in a format that
needs to be modified to fit Richmond's needs. The state
Division of Water Quality will be inspecting Richmond's
water treatment and procedures during March. The council
is still waiting for this inspection before deciding
on a new treatment facility.
At the end of the meeting Hall signed a letter for
Adkins to take to Sen. Bob Bennett's office while visiting
Washington D.C. next week. The resolution is in support
of the Rural Water Association of Utah and continued
funding thereof. Adkins, along with other members of
this association are heading to the Capitol in hopes
of generating funding.
"I'm going to be a poster child of how rural water
saves the lives of small communities," Adkins said as
he explained his trip to the council.
Other items the council discussed during Tuesday's
-- RAPZ tax requests for improvements to the park's
pathways, bathrooms and the American Legion building
used for cooking during Black and White Days.
-- the qualifications for receiving funding for a
traffic light or crossing guard signal on Highway 91
near the schools.
-- possibly forming a planning committee including
members of the city council as well as members from
the community for Black and White Days.
-- approval for funding a new splash retaining wall
at the culvert near 500 South and 100 East.
The next city council meeting will be held on March
21, at 7 p.m.