boys can rent until May, says North Logan council
March 6, 2009 | NORTH LOGAN -- A misunderstanding about
when a group of young men were to leave the house they
were renting was resolved when the City Council met
Hazel Manning, the owner of the house, was told several
months ago that it was against city ordinance to house
so many young men in a house located in a single-family
residence zone. The ordinance states that if the tenants
of a house are unrelated then only two people may occupy
the house. The city told Manning the renters needed
to leave at the end of the semester.
Manning stated before the council that she thought
"the end of the semester" meant the end of the spring
semester and not the fall semester. Kicking the college
students out of the house in March would leave them
with no where to go because it is difficult to find
residence for only a two months.
“I’ve spent hours calling apartments trying to find
a place for them,” she said. “They won’t rent to someone
for two months without a $300 deposit and a year commitment.”
She said the boys have been good neighbors to those
around them, and said that everyone would make a conscious
effort to make the house look less crowded than it had
a reputation of doing by changing the parking arrangement.
“Could they please stay until the first of May? The
first few days of May, whenever school gets out?” she
The mayor had prefaced Manning's statements by saying
the council would be unable to make a response that
night but would approach the matter on a later date.
When she finished her remarks the mayor attempted to
proceed to the next item of business but was stopped
by Lloyd Berentzen, who moved that the agenda be amended
to address the issue.
The motion was passed, and when the council voted
to extend the time the young men had in the house, it
Berentzen said the request was a reasonable one and
he saw no reason why it shouldn’t be OK’d. The decision
was met by applause from the tenants.
In other business the council:
- approved the proclamation establishing April as Child
Abuse Prevention Month.
- discussed a proposal to make dog and cat licenses
valid for three years.
- discussed a proposed interlocal agreement between
the Logan and North Logan libraries.
- approved a change in the fire department’s budget
for vehicle purchase.
- discussed the municipal budget for FY2010.
- discussed the results of a disaster response exercise
from Feb. 26.
- discussed the hiring of a new city employee.