joins regional council, clarifies law on burying animals
By Shauna Smith
April 1, 2006 | MILLVILLE -- The City Council adopted
a resolution Thursday to create a regional council between
Cache and Franklin counties. The regional council will
represent residents all over the valley and will embark
on a 14-year plan called Cache Vision 2020+ to resolve
issues the valley is facing.
Gary Anderson, chair of the committee for gathering
historical data, introduced the project to the city
council. The regional council will deal with problems
such as air pollution, transportation, and open space
issues, Anderson said.
"Rather than have someone impose rules to take care
of these issues, [the council] will take initiative
to take care of the problems themselves," Anderson said.
Cache County Councilman H. Craig Petersen explained
the project further saying committees will be created
all over the valley to discuss and research the issues.
Each committee should come up with about five recommendations
to improve conditions. In this Cache 2020+ is very similar
to the old plan Cache 2010, which didn't include Franklin
County and once committees developed recommendations
they were never implemented, Petersen said. Under Cache
2020+, the recommendations will be presented to the
regional council who will carry them out.
The regional council will consist of 15 members from
all over the valley. Fourteen will be current elected
officials and the fifteenth will be the president of
Utah State University.
"We're issuing invitations to anyone that wants to
be involved," Anderson said. "The more involvement,
In other matters, the council was asked by their city's
defending attorney Kevin Fife to clarify an ordinance
regarding the burial of dead animals in residential
yards. He said Kip Farmer buried a sheep in a pile of
compost, received a ticket for it, and took the issue
to court. Farmer argues that a city ordinance allows
him to bury an animal in his yard, which includes burying
it in the compost.
The council discussed the meaning of the word "bury"
used in the ordinance and the council voted 3-1 that
Farmer did not violate the ordinance when he buried
his sheep in the compost pile rather than in the ground.
Councilman Rod Hobbs opposed the decision saying when
the ordinance was written that putting a dead animal
in the middle of a pile of manure was not the same as
burying it. "I think back then when they talked about
burying, burying was digging a whole in the earth,"
In other business, the council adopted a proclamation
for Millville city declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention
Month. The Child and Family Support Center will be raising
funds throughout the month to help prevent child abuse
and neglect. Booths asking for donations will be set
up at major grocery stores and those wanting to donate
will also have the opportunity to pay to get someone's
yard "flocked" with pink flamingoes.
The Child and Family Support Center is looking for
cash and item donations, said Candice Packer, representative
for the center. She gave each council member a blue
ribbon and asked them to wear it throughout the month
in support of child abuse prevention.
"You name it, we need it because we're a non-profit
organization," Packer said. A few items that will be
helpful are toys, snacks, puzzles, dolls, or things
that would help in teaching classes. It is preferable
that items are brand new, but used is fine, Packer said.
Items can be dropped off at the Child and Family Support
Center located at 380 W. 1400 North in Logan.