council sends protest about Legislature's land use amendment
By Megan Sonderegger
February 22, 2006 | LEWISTON -- A resolution was enthusiastically
approved during Tuesday's City Council meeting in which
members declared their opposition to Utah Senate Bill
170, a land use amendment which strips power from city
authorities to regulate planning and zoning within city
Mayor Kelly Field said he feels this bill will deny
citizens their right to control their own boundaries
and their land use within those boundaries.
"That one floored me!" Field said.
Members of the city council said they hope this resolution
will influence legislation to veto SB 170 in order to
protect the rights of citizens and to motivate planning
and zoning committee's to further fulfill their duties.
Another topic discussed was the expense of new sidewalks
throughout Lewiston. Blaine Allen, a member of the sidewalk
committee, said expenses for concrete have increased
and will continue to increase throughout the summer.
"It's expensive," he said. "Concrete is really high."
Allen said a block of sidewalk will cost $7,600, an
amount he said he feels cannot be afforded within the
"It makes it pretty easy to live with sidewalks that
aren't perfect," Allen said, referring to the high cost
of concrete. He said he feels landowners who want their
sidewalks fixed should have to pay 50 percent of all
costs, an amount which council members say can be forced
upon residents but may not get a good response.
Mayor Field said in research results residents of
Lewiston agreed they wanted new sidewalks but said they
were only willing to pay a small amount for them.
Allen said trees in close perimeter to the sidewalks
need to be removed in order to maintain good concrete.
City Councilwoman Karen Jackson suggested a reassessment
of city sidewalks and for the committee to prioritize
blocks based on sidewalk conditions.
"If we're going to do this, we might as well do it
right," Jackson said.