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December 16, 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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Richmond city sees no advantages in joining a countywide library system

By Jami Elzinga

November 19, 2008 | RICHMOND -- A topic of heated discussion in Cache Valley is the proposed countywide library system. It would link all the city libraries together. Unfortunately it is a great cost to everyone involved, not to mention all the training it would take for employees to learn and time it would take to install all the new software and telecommunication equipment.

Councilwoman Terri Wierenga said she is all for the concept, but against the proposal put forward by Jay Monson.

Mayor Mike Hall said, "We didn't see the benefit to us. It didn't offer anything above and beyond what we already have."

As far as business goes for the Richmond library, things are looking great. They passed a detailed inspection and exceeded expectations. Attendance and use of the facility is up as well from last year. Visitors went from 2,006 last year to 2,409, but they were down five volunteers. The total volunteer hours went up from 246 hours to 323 hours. Mayor Hall extended his thanks to all of them for a fantastic job.

The council discussed a new appointment for the Cache Mosquito Abatement District. The term for Leslie Erickson has expired, and they are now looking to fill the position again. Richmond is one of the districts that has the two types of mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus. The Cache Mosquito Abatement District meets once a month, and the appointed member needs to be committed in attending those meetings.

Due to the changes in the economy, the city of Richmond is seeing more bad checks. Within the last month they have had a total of $751.95 in returned checks. They have done well in the past in collecting the money, but as councilmember Jeff Young said "it's only going to get worse." Though the economy has been bad for awhile, in all of last year combined the total has never been as high as it was for this past month. This is a trend they are hoping will not continue.

The city has been able to collect on two water and sewer impact fees, and the new NBR plant construction is coming along nicely. They are only one week behind due to a leak in the east wall that has been fixed. The next step is to pour the footings for the four corners. All steel and insulation has been brought to a storage facility, and they should be ready to start this last part in the next four weeks.

"I'm impressed," Mayor Hall commented.

Other topics of discussion were:
-- Cleaning up the leaves in the park, and getting volunteers to help with that.

-- Finding a new Justice of the Peace since Judge Beth Skidmore is retiring. She has been the justice of the peace for about twenty years, and they are sad to see her go.

-- Hiring a technician for the new NBR plant by February, but the council is planning on approving someone by the end of next month.

-- The removal of snow on the sidewalks of Richmond, and enforcing the current ordinance they have for the city that deals with it.


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