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Friday, March 10, 2006

Help Wanted: U.S. Defense Department Seeks Better PR Officers

"Our enemies have skillfully adapted to fighting wars in today's media age, but . . . our country has not adapted. For the most part, the U.S. government still functions as a 'five and dime' store in an eBay world."

--U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, on why al Qaeda is winning hearts and minds, in speech to U.S. Council on Foreign Relation (Thanks to alert WORDster Mark Larson) WORD Note: The WORD will take the next week off for Spring Break, sleeping in and seeking wisdom. Return: 3/20/06

Wellsville gathers information for possible lawsuit over group home

By Liz Lawyer

February 6, 2006 | WELLSVILLE -- City Council opened with an executive session Wednesday to discuss potential litigation over a group home for juvenile delinquents that is trying to come to the city. The home would be established in already existing facilities in the north end of Wellsville. The facilities currently house a similar home, said Don Hartle, town recorder.

Hartle said the council met with the city lawyer to begin compiling information about the home for a potential day in court. He said the council and its representation also met with the juvenile home's attorney.

There will be further discussion of the home on Mar. 22 in the Wellsville Planning and Zoning Committee, and a public hearing will be held Apr. 5 to discuss the home.

The council also discussed the possibility of requiring sidewalks in certain parts of town. Two options were selecting specific areas and requiring sidewalks to be put in, or designating a "sidewalk district" in which all streets would have to have sidewalks on both sides.

"Up til now we've put a piece of sidewalk here and there," said Mayor Ruth P. Maughan. "We decided that's not what we wanted to do."

Since the residents themselves would have to foot the bill to have the sidewalks constructed in front of their homes, one problem brought up in the discussion was whether it would be fair to require them on only one side of the street. Councilman Ron Case said it would not be fair.

"It would be unfair if one side has to pay for sidewalks and the other not," he said.

If the council chooses to create a sidewalk district, everyone living within it would have to contribute to the sidewalk construction fund.

The council rejected the sale of land by a Wellsville land developer to Utah State University's American West Heritage Center located north of Wellsville on U.S. Highway 89-91. The land was originally designated as open space in a housing development. Without it, the subdivision would not reach the quota of open space required by law.

The developer would be allowed to lease the land, but the papers drawn up by the developer sounded like a sale, said Mayor Maughan, and that was not acceptable. The city of Wellsville has first right of refusal, so they tabled the discussion until the next meeting.

"I think he's trying to pull a quick one on us," said Councilman Lynn Cooper, smiling.

The council also discussed buying more water rights, but made no decision. Millville, Hyrum and Smithfield are also planning to buy rights. "Can't go wrong by buying water," Hartle said.

Plans for the Founders' Day parade, held on Labor Day weekend, were also discussed. The council extended invitations to Congressman Rob Bishop and Governor Huntsman to march in the parade.


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