needs more time to smooth out its sidewalk law
By Dallin Koecher
October 22, 2007 | HYRUM -- After another night full
of discussion and debate, the City Council decided Thursday
they needed more time to smooth out the cracks in the
city's sidewalk ordinance for new subdivisions.
According to Mayor Dean Howard, the current ordinance
prohibits a homeowner from getting an occupancy permit
before sidewalk and gutter are in place. The problem
the council faces now is whether or not to allow homeowners
to move in before the all the concrete is poured, and
making sure developers keep their contracts.
"You can get burned," said Howard, speaking of past
experiences. Howard knows about the headaches caused
when developers don't finish their subdivisions as planned,
and he doesn't want that to happen again. The new ordinance
will be designed to hold the developers responsible
for their subdivisions.
"That's all this is, that they live up to their contracts,"
The council will once again take a vote on the new
ordinance Nov. 1.
In other business the council did approve a preliminary
site plan for Blacksmith Village a new subdivision located
at approximately 800 East and between 500 and 700 South.