does Paradise end? That's the big question, officials
By Rebekah Bradway
October 2, 2006 | PARADISE -- Disagreements arose in
recent meetings of the Town Council and the Planning
and Zoning Commission, because the members are unsure
of Paradise's exact boundaries.
There are two maps of the town, surveyed with different
town borders, and members of the commission and council
do not know which map is correct.
"Somewhere in 15 years, this boundary has moved,"
Planning Commission Chairman Jon White said. "We want
to know when it changed and why it changed."
Hansen and Associates, based in Brigham City, is the
company that surveyed the town and made the maps.
The issue of the town's limits came up in the planning
commission's meeting Wednesday with the Obrays, a local
family. Bruce Obray, with other family members, came
to the meeting to get permission to make a subdivision
of his lot so his son Ryan could build on the subdivision.
The commission was not sure if the Obrays needed approval
from the town or from Cache County, because they didn't
know if the lot was actually in the town.
"We've been paying our taxes to Paradise City for
nine years," Obray said. "When we acquired the property,
it showed all three pieces of my property in the map
"Who's going to pay the cost and go through the procedure
of finding the boundary of West Paradise?" Obray asked.
The town council also discussed where the town boundaries
are, a week earlier at their meeting. When they spoke
about a proposed cell phone tower in the area, they
didn't know if the proposed location was in the town
or the city.
"There may be a franchise fee you can collect," Councilman
Leland Howlett said.
"We can't say we approve the tower without a survey,"
Councilwoman Margaret Obray said. "Find out if we own
it and then deal with it."
The council and the commission brought up the same
problem with the uncertain boundaries at their separate
If the Obrays' lot and the cell phone tower both are
in Paradise limits, so is a machine shop that is in
violation of not having enough right of way, causing
the company's trucks to tear up the road.
Cache County issued Humboldt Intermountain Machine
a conditional-use permit, but if the shop's location
is in the town, Paradise will have to deal with its
The secretary for the council and commission called
engineer Chris Wight of Hansen and Associates to survey
the town so the members will know Paradise's exact boundaries.