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Benson subdivision hits more snags; council postpones decision

February 11th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Cathy Morgan

LOGAN–The Cache County Council Tuesday night again tabled the topic of the S Curve Subdivision in Benson, because of more complications.

The Bear River Health Department stated they would like to put more test spots on the land for two or three months for another spring reading. At the last council meeting, citizens expressed a lot of concern about septic tanks being fully functional in the S Curve area.

The health department said “the area is perfectly suitable for septic tanks” after reviewing new tests done in the past few weeks. The elevation of the area has been further studied and a high water table should not be a problem for the owner.

Councilman Brian Chambers remarked that “this year’s testing may not be fair to compare to last year.” Cache Valley had a much higher amount of snow pack and rain fall last year. This year we are below average, he said.

There is also a dispute about whether the landowners will be allowed to use culinary water or well water. Culinary permits will only hook up water to two plots of land. Any more, and the owner will have to rely on well water. Many residents have called the council to tell them the well water may be no good for drinking.

Herb Weston, the owner of the land, said “my intent was for me and my two sons to build there.” Weston also stated, “Intentional tests? I’m OK with that but I think you guys should have to pay for it.”

Councilman Craig Buttars said he would like to see the approving of two plots of land to build on, and that a well should be drilled and tested before any more building would be allowed.

Weston said, “I like that idea; I would like one plot to plant grain on. I want it to stay agricultural.” The subdivision is made up of four plots of land so it is his right to decide what to do with the other two.

The council wants to table this for two to three more weeks to allow room for adjustments to the plan.

To end the meeting, the council was refreshed on the new Natural Barrier Amendment changes and discussed rezoning for an agricultural zone in Avon for a Verizon cell tower.


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