council decides not to decide on fire department issue
By Ranae Bangerter
March 5, 2006 | NIBLEY -- A proposal for a fire department
in Nibley was met with no specific decision from the
City Council Thursday night. Fire service representatives
spoke to the council about their ideas for constructing
a building and what they would need to do to start a
fire department service for the city.
Representative Steve McBride said fire specialists,
including the county fire chief, have recently moved
to the city and want to serve but there is not a place
to house a fire department. The city currently pays
Hyrum city's fire department for their facilities and
For Nibley to have a fire service, Hyrum's facility
would need at least two more truck bays and some office
space. Nibley would also have to contract with Hyrum
city until there is a place to house the fire department
in Nibley, said McBride.
The county fire department has told McBride they would
lend a truck, and others have told him that Nibley is
welcome to any of their surplus.
"Each city is responsible for their own fire protection,"
The mayor said he thought the idea was preliminary
and that the council did not have enough information.
"There are no glaring problems," Mayor Knight said
about the need for a fire station, "until those come
up I don't think we should dump a lot of money into
While Councilman Bryan Hansen said the city should
be prepared, others said it was too early to make a
"I still think we are premature in establishing a
fire department in Nibley," said Councilman Thayne Mickelson.
Council members agreed that the city needs a straightforward
plan for it to take effect.
"I would like to just see a plan," said Councilman
Jay Harrison. "Something that is at least written down."
In the past, Councilman Scott Larsen said he didn't
see a need for a fire department, but if the numbers
change then his position might change. "In the long-term
maybe in the short-term no," Larsen added.
Until there appears to be more of a need the council
will not take action on the issue. City Manager Larry
Anhder said that the city money is being spent on other
"Every spare penny we have goes towards 3200 South,"
In other business, the council:
-- heard a representative from "Cache Vision 20/20,"
Craig Petersen, propose the possibility of having a
countywide regional council. The council would include
15 elected officials from Cache and Franklin counties
and sub-committees will address issues in the valley
such as air and water quality, public lands, tourism,
better cooperation in government. After brief discussion
the council passed the resolution, with one opposing
vote from Councilman Larsen.
-- gave preliminary approval for Shadow Crest Subdivision,
to be located at 2600 S. 800 West. The subdivision is
designed to help families build their own homes at an
affordable price. Discussions of where the subdivision
would access water, the size of lots, and the issue
of one exit for 29 homes was addressed, before approving
the subdivision. The motion was passed unanimously.
-- accepted a petition for annexation of about 26.42
acres located at 1500 West and 3200 South.