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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 P&Z discovers 'loophole' in building permit ordinance

By Jake Ipson

November 14, 2008 | MILLVILLE -- One of Millville's newest ordinances was put to use in the Nov. 13 planning and zoning meeting. Two people had to pay deposits before they could begin building.

But there were some loopholes that were pointed out in the ordinance. The new ordinance states that anything that requires a residential building permit clearance must pay a $2,000 deposit, and a $200 deposit on anything else that is non-residential and requires a building clearance. The ordinance says that the deposit will be returned upon the completion of city inspection of landscaping and it must be done within two years.

The loophole found in the ordinance was a question brought up to the council members questioning if that would apply to those who buy several acres of land. The council agreed that that would be brought up in future meetings and asked that the representative from the city council to bring it up in the next city council meeting.

As for the items on the agenda, a request from Visionary Homes for a zoning clearance for a single family residents at 345 S. 200 East, Millville Meadows subdivision at lot number eight was approved unanimously.

Also approved unanimously was a request from David M. Smart for a zoning clearance for a 400 sq. foot cement pad patio and root cellar to be built at 236 N. 350 East in Millville Estates subdivision.

The next planning and zoning meeting will be held on Dec. 11.


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