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Monday, January 29, 2007

Words as weapons:

"When he had a pen in his hand it was like giving a kid a machine gun."

--Peter Hall, theater director, on "Angry Young Man" playwright John Osborne (1929-1994)

Paradise should be exempt from county's new ag stamp requirement, council decides

By Rebekah Bradway

December 8, 2006 | PARADISE -- This city should not be required to follow the new county requirement of having engineering stamps to construct ag buildings, the Town Council agreed at its meeting Wednesday evening.

Building permits are already required for any building construction in Paradise, but Cache County does not require it. The county now requires engineering stamps for ag buildings in order to prevent people from changing their ag building to another use.

"You don't have to penalize everyone for that," Mayor Lee Atwood said.

An engineering stamp could cost builders $400-$600. Due to these expenses, Atwood said people might build without a stamp or permit until they get caught.

"The building department has gotten chicken," Councilman Leland Howlett said.

If something happens to a building to damage it or even cause it to fall, the building department can now say the engineer is at fault, the council discussed.

"I think this is a ploy to shift responsibility," Atwood said.

Atwood said he would not ask the county to exempt Paradise from the new regulation; he would nicely tell them.

In other business, the council:
-- further discussed the legalities of having two separate dwellings on one lot, saying the question may have to be brought to the Board of Adjustment.
-- said they may look at locals who would like the responsibility of dogcatcher in Paradise. The contract for the current dogcatcher is almost outdated.

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