share of stimulus money may not be as much as hoped
March 30, 2009 | HYRUM -- Thursday evening the planning
commission discussed amendments to city ordinances and
plans for the expected stimulus money.
According to Zoning Administrator Ron Salvesen, Hyrum
put in for $300,000 of stimulus money for a fire station,
water reservoir and possibly some trails.
“What we are hearing back is that there is not going
to be a lot of money available,” said Salvesen. He said
most the money is controlled so there is not much money
open for projects.
“When it filters down to all the states, little Hyrum
is not a very high priority,” he said.
Councilman Scot Algood brought up that Hyrum had applied
for a recreation tax. The RAP (Recreation, Arts, Parks)
tax is something that Hyrum has usually received, according
to Salvesen. He said this year the tax money would probably
go toward finishing the parking lot by the senior center.
“It is not a big money grab like we hoped it would
be. It doesn’t look good,” said Salvesen.
Several ordinances were discussed including residential
facilities for persons with disabilities.
Earlier that day Salvesen attended a meeting with
county planning and city managers. He said cities are
going to be encouraged to have ordinances in place regarding
group homes. It is becoming a problem in the state as
neighborhoods cannot handle them. Salvesen referenced
a problem in Duchesne where the city is being sued and
fined because it tried to stop a facility. Since Duchesne
did not have an ordinance in place, it could cost the
city millions of dollars in fines. Salvesen said with
an ordinance in place cities will have more control