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County Council will continue to support Eccles Ice Center until 2016

April 14th, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Jen Stevenson

LOGAN — The Cache County Council approved a number of pending resolutions Tuesday, including continuing to contribute money to the Eccles Ice Center for a period of five years. The ice center asked Cache County, Logan, North Logan and Hyde Park to contribute to their long-term endowment and hopes to be completely self-sufficient by 2016. The council was unanimous on approving the continued support until 2016.

“We all knew going into this, whether we like it or not, that it was going to require some subsidy,” Council Chairman Jon White said. He made it clear that when the ice center was built the council made a commitment to help, and they should stay true to those commitments every time the decision comes before them.

The council also approved some amendments to service fees from the county clerk’s office. The most drastic fee change is the cost to have a marriage performed by the county clerk. The fee, previously set at $25, was raised to $40.

“We had a discussion with the justice of peace who goes around and performs marriages,” County Clerk Jill Zollinger said, explaining the fee raise. “They actually charge a lot more than we do and asked that we raise our fee to be closer to theirs.

Other resolutions approved by the council included adopting a computer and phone usage policy and removing a piece of land from an agriculture protection area. All resolutions were approved by the council unanimously.

Assistant Fire Chief Craig Pettigrew came to clarify some of the restrictions on open burning laws in Cache County. The open burn season for this year will be April 15 to May 15. During the designated open burn days any person is allowed to burn on their property. If a person wants to have an open burn that is not during the designated open burn period they have to get a permit.

A person can get an open burn permit during any time of the year, Pettigrew said. A person who has a verbal permit for open burning does not have to abide by air quality standards. Over 500 permits were issued last year, which brings a pretty substantial work load to the fire department.

There will be two public hearings held at the next County Council meeting on April 26, the first one for amendments to the uniform building code ordinance and the second to open the 2011 budget.


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