Park council wants smaller water tank, solution to graffiti
January 30, 2009 | HYDE PARK -- The
proposal to spend $3,000 to reduce the current design
of a 2-million-gallon concrete water tank to a 1.5-million-gallon
was passed Wednesday at the Hyde Park City Council meeting
by a unanimous vote. Councilman Bryan Cox was absent.
The 2-million-gallon tank design
was finished and awaited permission by the city council
to begin construction. Due to labor already having been
put into creating the design, the city will need to
fund the creation of the new design.
The council also addressed the graffiti
problem in Hyde Park.
The proposal is property owners that
are hit with graffiti have five days to clean it up.
If the property owner is unable to clean it up due to
disabilities, North Park Police Sgt. John Italasano
said juveniles from the county court will provide community
service by cleaning it up.
Council members, along with Mayor
David Kooyman, expressed concern if the city was unable
to get in touch with the owner.
"We have a lot of people that
move down to St. George during the winter. That's six
months," Councilwoman Carol Johnson said.
Italasano explained why the graffiti
needed to be cleaned up quickly. "Graffiti is like a
dog marking its territory," he said. "Gangs will come
in and see the marking and say, 'No this is ours.'"
The proposal will have a public hearing
Kooyman mentioned he will continue
to search for someone to fill the vacant seat in the
Planning and Zoning Commission left by Dennis Darley.
He has contacted three people whom, he said, sounded
as if they had no time or didn't want to make time.