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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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North Logan hears public comment on setback ordinance

By Melissa Salcedo

November 7, 2008 | NORTH LOGAN -- The main focus for the City Council meeting Wednesday night was a public hearing regarding proposed ordinances that will eliminate the city's requirement for a 15-foot setback along canals.

Three versions of the Canal Set Back Ordinance were discussed. Version A is the version which only new subdivisions would be required to have set-backs but the set-backs would be on both sides of the canal. Version B included minor changes to version A. It requires set-backs only on the west side of the canals. Version C removes the requirement from the city code altogether.

Kay Gilgan, a land owner who has property that the canal runs through, said he was against the city taking land from him on the east side of the canal.

John Wells of the Logan, Hyde Park, and Smithfield Canal Co. urged to the city council to consider adopting option B. "Eliminating the ordinance will cause difficulty for canal companies because individuals don't sit down to read their titles or property descriptions when they buy homes," he said. "They'll put fences and gates and plant trees that will inhibit the canal companies from maintaining those waterways."

A final decision was not made in regards to the suggested ordinances.

After a unanimous decision, the council voted to approve a concept plan for a two-lot subdivision of 1.7 acres at 1984 N. 800 East.

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