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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Millville public hearing lasts 4 minutes for lack of comments

By Jake Ipson

November 10, 2008 | MILLVILLE -- The City Council held a public hearing for two items on the agenda. The public hearing opened at 8 p.m. and was closed for public input by 8:04 due to the lack of comments from the public.

The two items discussed were a proposed revision to the Millville city budget for the fiscal year of 2008- 2009. That was unanimously approved by the city council. The other item was a new ordinance prohibiting smoking in the city parks, recreational facilities and near mass gatherings. That was also unanimously approved and will take effect immediately.

In other items on the agenda, the council approved a resolution requiring a deposit for building within Millville city. Councilman Brian Jensen said, "The intent is to protect our sidewalks." The deposit will be $2,000 for any building that will require the approval of a residential building clearance. There will also be a $200 dollar deposit for anything that is non residential but still requires a building clearance. The deposit may be returned upon the inspection of the sidewalks and the completion of landscaping in the front yard. The deposit is being issued to help with the cost of any damage done to the city sidewalks if damage is done while building. Mayor Mike Johnson said this should help protect the city. The requirement for a deposit will take affect immediately.

In two other agenda items, council member Brian Jensen was approved to move ahead with the study of road impact fees. He is working on getting different bids from companies. Also Treasurer Tara Hobbs and Recorder Rose Mary Jones went over the quarterly financial reports.


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