Heights residents upset about Logan's expansion of 100
By Patrick Oden
February 27, 2009 | RIVER HEIGHTS
Many residents of 500 South Street attended Tuesday
night's City Council meeting to voice their concerns
over Logan City's development of 100 East Street, which
borders River Heights.
expressed extreme concern over the potential for increased
traffic flow on their street, as well as the potential
loss of property at least one resident faces.
The residents requested that the
council construct a gate across 500 South where it meets
100 East Street, which will provide emergency vehicle
access but prevent public traffic.
Afraid that Logan city might try
to "bully" River Heights, former councilwoman Mary Barrus
said, "I don't want the big dog [Logan City] to take
a bigger bite than it needs to… it needs to be put back
on its leash."
The demolition of a small bridge
at the end of 500 South Street would also prevent residents
from being able to access their mailboxes, which are
presently located across the bridge from their homes.
Barrus asked the council to question Logan as to whether
or not the city had made provisions for the situation,
or if the post office had a solution.
"From what I understand, it
literally takes an act of Congress to get mailboxes
moved," Barrus said.
"I suspect if you ask the postmaster
he would say, 'What? What bridge?'" said Councilman
Rob Gines in response to Barrus' concerns.
Resident Pat Trostle expressed her
displeasure about being asked to sell Logan city more
than 10 feet in depth along the edge of their property.
Trostle said this would consume a large portion of her
flower garden, driveway, and a 100-year-old tree.
Mayor Bill Baker assured Trostle
that River Heights controlled eminent domain relating
to her property and she would not be forced to sell
any portion of her lot to Logan.
After nearly 45 minutes of comment
from the residents, Baker said, "There is no one [city
council members] here who disagrees with anything anyone
[residents] here says."
The residents and the council agreed
the best solution would be to cut a new road into 500
South Street from the north. A feasibility study of
this project has already begun.
In other matters, the resolution
to transfer monies from the General Capital Fund to
the Water Fund was unanimously approved by the council.
With the reallocation of $416,625 there remains $169,911
in the General Capital Fund and brings the Water Fund
to $133,958 from its previous deficit.
"The only thing that changes
is we quit paying interest on a loan to ourselves… which
is wrong," said Gines.
Additionally, in an effort to reduce
expenses, the city is presently soliciting bids according
to policy, to replace the city's copier and printers
with a unit that will accomplish all the city's needs
and reduce annual cost from approximately $660 to $200.
The cost of the new copier is estimated at $5,000, and
the $200 annual contract will allow for 26,000 copies,
roughly one-half a cent per page printed.
Further, the city took advantage of
a Department of Transportation sale and purchased a
surplus vehicle, a late model truck, at 45 percent below
market value, just over $6,000.