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Facility breakdown is main topic at Fairview council

Facility breakdown is main topic at Fairview council

 

David L. Olson

Staff writer

9-8-2016

 

FAIRVIEW—Concerns about city facilities breaking down was a major focus during the Fairview City Council that took place on Aug. 24.

The council discussed how the sewer system recently suffered a shutdown over a weekend which was handled by the on-call city employee with assistance from Fairview City Planner Dave Taylor and a Moroni sewer plant operator.

Mention was made by city administration that citizens posted on the Fairview city Facebook page about the problem without notifying the city directly first.

The mayor and council say they want Fairview citizens to know that if they experience a utility (electric, water, sewer) problem, call Fairview City Hall at (435) 427-3858, even after hours. There will be a prompt to dial 2, which will connect you to the on-call city employee.

The council also discussed how they are seeking to hire a sewer plant operator to fill a recently opened position. To assist the operator, the council said they intend to contract with OVIVO from Austin, TX, the company that built the current plant.

The contract with the company would provide remote monitoring of the system and  insure an annual on-site functionality inspection is conducted. OVIVO would also assist in training the new operator to better be able to maintain the system.

Council member Cliff Wheeler brought up the complaints he received about the cemetery lawn looking dried out. In the discussion, Fairview City Mayor Jeff Cox explained there were several contributing factors; the irrigation water pressure has been inadequate, five sprinkler heads (costing $300 each) have been broken because of cars driving on them and the automatic sprinkler timer system is out of sequence with the irrigation company.

Dave Taylor said he is working with the irrigation company and believes that the problem will be reduced or corrected within the next two weeks.

A noticeable increase in unauthorized dumping of green waste and household trash next to the cemetery had the council raising concerns that the problem would only increase.

City employees have been temporarily piling green waste at the location until it can be shredded, but the mayor and council members say, if citizens have green waste they need to get rid of, the landfill in Chester is available to receive such non-household trash. The landfill service in Chester is already paid for in the monthly city utility bill.

One of the final topics discussed during the meeting was how several parties hosted at the dance hall recently have incited complaints from concerned citizens who say they noticed party visitors loitering and littering after the events.

Neighbors to the east of the dance hall also report that there is a lot of trash being thrown over the fence into their yards, necessitating them spending their Sunday mornings cleaning up the mess.

The most recent party lasted past midnight, which is beyond the 11:30p.m. shut off time. The city administration agreed to remind organizers that rent the dance hall of their responsibility to be respectful of the property and neighbors. Violations will result in forfeiture of their deposits.