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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 planning committee discusses installing survey monuments

By Shauna Smith

February 24, 2006 | MILLVILLE -- City planner Greg Scott told the Planning and Zoning Committee Thursday that the mayor has requested survey monuments be put in at the time of building new subdivisions.

No monument system currently exists, but the City Council is looking into it. Millville can't afford the approximately $40,000 to place monuments throughout the whole town, but they expect that the requirement of monument placing in new subdivisions will be a good starting point. Later on monuments will be set in the old parts of town.

The committee discussed whether the requirement would affect only major subdivisions or both major and minor. They also examined whether the requirement would be added to the curb and gutter design standards or into the checklist of the subdivision ordinance.

"What we need to do is have it in ordinance form," said Planning Commissioner Jim Hart, "then have a public hearing and send it to the city council."

No formal decision was made.

In other business, the committee approved zoning clearance for two houses in the Shire subdivision. One is located on 598 N. 200 East and the other on 590 N. 200 East. Another zoning clearance approval was given to Cook Brothers Construction to build a house on 155 E. 600 North. After each approval, Hart reminded each requester of the "smells" and "flies" in Millville.

"Millville city's motto is country living at its finest," Hart said.

The next planning and zoning meeting will be held March 9.

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