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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

Millville considers installing intersection monuments on streets

By Shauna Smith

February 21, 2006 | MILLVILLE -- Surveyor Jeff Hansen made a proposal to the City Council at Thursday night's meeting to have a monument system installed in Millville city. Monuments, he said, should have been built as the city was built.

"The original surveyor had too much going on and didn't get around to it," said Hansen.

Monuments are set at each intersection and are used to mark positions and boundaries of the city. The measurements are then used in construction and mapmaking. Hansen expressed the importance of producing one common blueprint for everyone.

"[Monuments] give us a way to layout the town so everyone is using the same information," said Hansen.

Hansen recommended to the council that all monuments be set at the same time. If done separately, each one will have a small amount of "air space" in the measurements, and it adds up, throwing the measurements off.

Hansen expects the project will take his crew about two full weeks to finish and cost between $30,000 and $40,000. The council held off on making a decision until he gives them a more specific cost estimate.

In other news, Millville city was planning on purchasing shares of water available to any Cache Valley city, but Hyrum city unexpectedly purchased all water shares. The water was available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

"We're not hurting for water, we're OK," said Mayor Mike Johnson, "but we did set aside some money for water."

In other business, the council discussed the possibility of joining the Cache County Mosquito Abatement District. No formal decision was made.

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