Manti considers plans for new site for pageant vendor booths
MANTI—The Manti City Council took up plans to redevelop the former ambulance building property as a site for Mormon Miracle Pageant vendor booths during its meeting last Wednesday, March 8.
The council also received an optimistic report from Kent Barton, city administrator, on a pre-bid meeting for the sports complex the city is developing in the northwest section of town, and heard about a state program to insure cities against catastrophic fire-fighting costs.
Cory Hatch, water and sewer superintendent, said the city had demolished the old ambulance building on 100 North. The old concrete has been removed, and the city is preparing to lay down grass sod where the booths will be located.
Hatch also brought the council up to date on the Manti City Tree Committee. He mentioned that Dustin Black, a city resident, had been appointed to the committee. The committee still needs members, so if interested, please contact the city offices.
The Tree Committee will be putting together ideas for new types of trees for the city. Mayor Koper suggested some spruce trees be replanted to replace the trees that have been removed from around the cemetery.
City Administrator Barton reported that there had been a lot of interest from contractors at a pre-bid meeting for the sports complex and many requests for bid packets. Plans call for excavation, a parking lot, concession stands etc.
On another matter, Fred Johnson, area fire management officer for the Utah Division of Fire, Foresty and State Lands (DFFSL), reported on changes to the Wild Land Fires Program.
“Fires are bigger now and far more costly,” Johnson told the council. “We have been given an order to offer to indemnify Manti City against wild land costs for excessive fire.”
He explained that the state would give Manti City a grant for $2,200 to put together a program to help reduce the risk of wild land fires. This would include removing vegetation from vulnerable property, introducing fire prevention programs in schools, training fire fighters and adopting a fire protection plan.
“Your firefighters should meet minimum standards along with your equipment,” he said
If the city took those steps, and subsequently had an expensive wildfire, DFFSL would step in and help fight the fire without charging the city.
The council agreed the city should put together a fire protection plan in order to qualify for inclusion in the state program.
Mayor Korry Soper reported on his recent trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with Utah representatives to discuss needs of municipal power operations.
“We want low cost, dependable power for our homes, so we reminded our representatives about the need to reduce CO2 requirements on coal and coal-fired power plants,” Soper said.
He also emphasized to representatives the need for continuation of the tax exemption for municipal bonds. “If Congress did away with this status, it would cost municipalities more to build electric power infrastructure,” he said.
In other discussion, Blake DeMill, electrical superintendent, said his crews are trimming trees where they are touching power lines. If citizens are concerned about trees infringing on power lines, they should contact the city.
Barton said there is a problem with people mixing recyclable and non-recyclable items and taking both together to the city recycling center.
“Sometimes people will bury garbage down under the tree limbs and dump them in the recycling center” he said, emphasizing the recycling center is for recyclable materials only.