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Millville sells water shares, cancels Dec. 26 meeting

December 16th, 2013 Posted in Opinion

By Tavin Stucki

MILLVILLE — The City Council sold water shares, discussed park use, granted a business license and youth city council success Thursday, at what became the final council meeting of 2013.

Bid amounts were compared to see which residents will receive the 3.75 water shares available. Robert Carpenter offered the highest amount for two two-hour shares at $125 each, Michael Callahan offered the next-highest amount for one share at $100. The remaining .75 share will be offered to the Hunter family for 75 percent of their $92 bid.

Auditor Mike Kidman presented a draft of the city audit report, but said he did not see any problems in the city’s business dealings except for a small lack of records in one or two particular areas.

“I feel like, yeah, you’re actually doing a decent job,” Kidman told the council. “Your financials look really good. I don’t think it shows that we’re war-chesting an inappropriate amount of money.”

Councilwoman Julianne Duffin reported the Youth City Council raised a net profit of $1,800 between two pancake breakfast events, one of which was combined with a city Christmas celebration. The amount is enough for the youth group — which has more than twice the usual membership this year — to attend Association of Youth Councils, a leadership conference held at Utah State University in the spring.

“We thought combining with the Santa thing was a great idea,” Duffin said. “I thought it went really well.”

The council voted to grant a business license to EnergyWise Solutions LLC, which is operating at 1000 W. 1000 North in building 29, suite 111.

The council voted to keep its meeting schedule the same in 2014, meeting the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. for city council meeting and the first and third Thursdays at 8 p.m. for Planning and Zoning. The Dec. 26, 2013, meeting was canceled on account of the Christmas holiday.

They also set dates for all 2014 city events. The city Easter egg hunt will be April 19, Miss Millville will be April 26, the city celebration will be June 13, Night Against Crime will be Aug. 12 and the city Christmas party will be Dec. 6.

The council discussed a possible contest for residents to name the park and receive some sort of prize, such as a gift card or reduction in the next month’s water bill, but no final decisions were made regarding the matter.

The council also discussed the new fee to reserve the fields on the city parks for youth soccer and baseball leagues. The fee’s dollar amount has not been finalized. Some council members expressed concern about the city’s current first-come-first-serve reservation policy, worried that representatives from one league could effectively monopolize the play area based solely on who called the city first. Mayor Mike Johnson said despite the policy, logic has a place in the system and he would not allow either the baseball or soccer leagues to be barred access from the fields. The council voted to continue the conversation at the next meeting.

The council discussed at length the road and stoplight possibilities to allow access to the future high school. The council eventually voted to support a stop light at 2600 South and state Route 165.

The council voted to support the summer event Play Unplugged, then to continue the current agreement with J-U-B for the stormwater coalition meeting, then to pay all city bills after a short review.

The council scheduled the winter social for 7 p.m., Feb. 7 at the Riverwoods Conference Center. City recorder Rose Mary Jones said the dinner is expected to cost $800. Less expensive venues were discussed and decided against for various reasons.

Gary Larsen reported on various activities with the roads and sidewalks, city parks, and culinary water system. He said some rock the city ordered to reinforce a roadway near the river in hopes of preventing washout was expected to arrive within a couple days. Larsen also said the splash pad in the city park is ready when weather permits its use.


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