Heights repairs sidewalks, splits cost with homeowners
April 22, 2009 | RIVER HEIGHTS -- City accounts maintain
an overall surplus of $57,000 despite unexpected road
and sidewalk repair expenses.
In an effort to make the city's sidewalks safer for
pedestrian traffic, repairs are currently in progress
to areas damaged primarily by roots growing beneath
them. Bills will be sent to residents whose sidewalks
have been repaired despite the fact no notification
was issued prior to the onset of the repairs.
The city will bear 50 percent of the cost of the repairs,
said Mayor Bill Baker, the remainder will be the responsibility
of the homeowners, a fact that will be disclosed in
the upcoming city newsletter.
"I think it's a major task to notify every homeowner,"
said Councilman Doug Clausen. "It's pretty much too
late, most of it's been done."
Chris Millbank, former chairman and current member
of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, representing
ProLog Irrigation, sought the aid of the City Council
in formalizing an agreement "that has been eluded to
since 2003." ProLog and its shareholders monitor and
clean the canal system that carries the city's storm
"I would like to get an agreement signed with the
city at some point so we have a clear idea of what's
going on," Milbank said. Baker chastised Milbank following
a dialogue between Milbank and Councilman Rob Gines
"Don't come in and say we have to this or we have
to do that," Baker said in a stern tone.
Milbank produced a report showing the city had billed
ProLog $2,700 for services performed by ProLog. Milbank
asserted any monies owed should be from the city to
ProLog. Councilwoman Francine Davis diffused the situation
by assuring Milbank that the city would gladly work
with ProLog to resolve the issue and establish a new
storm water runoff agreement.
Milbank suggested he draft a proposal for submission
to the council. Baker said the city would hire JUB Engineering
to assist with the proposal in order to reach a mutually
The council's attention turned to Heber Olsen Park
and a decision was made to lock the public restrooms
at 7 p.m. in an effort to stave off vandalism that has
been occurring. Attempts were made recently to break
the toilets and vanities in the restrooms away from
the wall. The toilets were also intentionally clogged
with rolls of toilet paper. Councilman Kent Parker said
he had also found human feces behind the park's dumpster.
The council agreed that once new signs were in place
warning of video surveillance, the restrooms would stay
unlocked until dark.
Baker also suggested instituting a policy against
allowing dogs in city parks sighting the issue of pet
waste and the resources required by the city to deal
with it. "The clean-up is the real problem," Baker said.
Davis said she felt such a regulation would be unfair
as she thought most people "take care of picking up
after their dogs."
"I would say that very few do," Gines said. "You're
not going to punish the people that don't care, there
is no way to punish those people."
Councilwoman Kathryn Hadfield suggested the city consider
a establishing a dog park, as Logan City has recently
done, before banning dogs from all city parks.
"Where the rubber hits the road on this deal is how
are we going to enforce this," Gines said. "We cannot
put laws on the books that we're not going to enforce."
Clausen suggested that signs be placed in the parks
as a reminder to pet owners to clean up after their
"There are snipers around, consider yourself warned,"
suggested Gines in jest as wording for the signs. Gines,
who is responsible for the city's parks and recreation,
said he could have signs posted and the council agreed
this would be more appropriate than forbidding dogs
in the parks at this time.
The council also unanimously adopted a resolution
outlining usage fees, scheduling and maintenance responsibilities
for the baseball field located within Heber Olsen Park.
"With the increase in the world's population we have
issues with the use of our facilities," Gines said.
"My job is getting less about building parks for kids
and more about dealing with cave people."
Gines said the new resolution was needed to establish
the rights and responsibilities of those permitted to
use the baseball field. Following the meeting Gines
explained that his reference to cave people was an acronym
for "Citizens Against Virtually Everything."
Following up on the prospect of a lawsuit being brought
against the city, Baker informed the council that Pat
Trostle, who lives on 500 South Street, would be involved
in litigation with the Utah Department of Transportation
and the Federal Highway Commission, not River Heights,
concerning the acquisition of her property for the completion
of the 100 East Street extension through the city.
In other matters, Paige Seeholzer, Becca Smith, and
Emily Barfus, who served as the city's royalty for 2008,
were awarded scholarships of $100 each and Hope Francis,
Erica Smith, and Katelyn Zilles were named to serve
as the city's royalty for 2009. A three-judge panel
selects three high school junior or senior girls each
year to represent the city in county parades. The queen
and her two attendants also perform community service
to include assisting with the city's annual Apple Days