SPRING CITY – Changes to city ordinances, among other topics, were discussed during the Spring City council meeting this last Thursday, May 5.
The city’s planning and zoning committee has begun revising some city ordinances, and the city council made or is considering changes to Titles 3, 9, 10, and 11.
Title 3 changes affect business licenses in both commercial and residential areas. They proposed an adjustment on notices for neighbors and how responses are handled, as well as how licenses are issued.
A member of the audience said, “It should not be the same; a commercial area is already designated and outlined what kind of businesses should be there, and you’re not protecting the integrity of the zone if you’re going to make it the same as residential.”
Kimberly Stewart questioned why the changes were being made. “It doesn’t seem that anybody in the commercial district was talked to, or their input brought in, at all.”
It was then stated by a member of the planning and zoning committee that there are ambiguities within the ordinances they often confront that are difficult to interpret. The goal is to straighten these out and provide clarification.
“This is a starting point that we’ll share and let everyone comment on,” said Mayor Chris Anderson.
Title 9 is regarding business regulations and permits, Title 10 regards basement walls and utility connections, and Title 11 deals with subdivisions, including the buffer zone.
A public hearing will be held June 23 at 6 p.m. to discuss the ordinances. “We invite everyone to give us their input and let us know what you think, and we’ll go from there,” said Anderson.
The budgets for fiscal years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 were mentioned. There were unanticipated funds in the budget after receiving grants and other outside sources of funding.
Their next step is to hold a work meeting to discuss this upcoming fiscal year’s budget and the extra funding before June 2. A public hearing will be held June 2 at 6 p.m. for public comments on the budget.
The police chief, Chad Huff, also updated the city council on his progress with the nuisance ordinances. He has come across one house that does not want to follow ordinances. After three attempts to work with the resident, he requested a citation be made, in accordance with the procedures of the nuisance ordinance. It was approved by the city council to provide a date for the nuisance to be removed, or the resident will be fined.
The current fire chief Clark Christensen will be retiring and stepping down at the end of this month. “We want to express our gratitude for all Clark has done as our police chief and then fire chief,” said Anderson. They have selected Chad Hardy to be their new fire chief, along with new fire assistant Bob Nielson.
Two individuals, Cami Christensen and Mike Nelson were approved to help with Planning and Zoning. It was also brought up that they are planning on rotating members in a way that assures enough individuals attend their meetings to make decisions.
The cemetery’s issue of being weed-infested was also discussed. To spray the Pioneer Cemetery would cost $1,104 per application of weed killer and fertilizer, and to spray the city cemetery would be $4,716. City council members deliberated looking for better bids. They were also concerned with weeds growing quickly over the next month.
They decided to act immediately and approved a single spray but will research better options moving forward. This includes better bids or purchasing their own equipment in the future.
A list of asphalt roads that need resurfacing was provided, as well as some gravel roads that need regrating. The council approved the lowest bid in the amount of $196,137 to resurface and regrate all roads mentioned.
New Spring City Queen Callie Mellor and her three attendants, Makazsha Harward, Elizabeth Allred and Matty Owen were present. They introduced themselves and were congratulated. Mellor also informed the audience that her service project will be based on connecting the youth with elders of the community.
Public comments were welcomed during the end of the meeting, when a member of the audience notified the council of finding white paint dumped in the city fountain. She has asked that citizens be diligent in protecting city property. Another individual volunteered to put up a security camera to monitor the area.
Stewart brought up her concerns with Planning and Zoning. “The term is five years, and I know that a couple of our members on planning and zoning have been there longer than five years,” she says.
As a member of the Friends of Historic Spring City, she mentions that planning and zoning members are also mostly members of Friends of Historic Spring City. She would like members of planning and zoning to be more varied to prevent bias.
Sam Schoppe wanted to bring to city and community attention that a labradoodle was shot in the head and dumped up the road to be found a couple of weeks ago, Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. He buried the dog and made a formal report. “This dog was a great big dumb puppy. Wouldn’t hurt a thing,” he said, noting his understanding of caring for herds in a farming community.
He is offering a $3,000 reward for anyone who can bring information for arrest and conviction. He provided his phone number, (435) 851-1598, as well.
Another individual suggested that a streetlight be added on 1st East outside the City Hall.
John Stewart requested clarification on the nuisance citation. Huff and the city council informed him that it’s listed in the ordinances online for everyone to view.
Stewart said, “What I don’t understand is this stuff has been in the ordinances… for how many years? And then all of a sudden here, we’re kind of doing like, ‘Let’s get our government rolling’… I just don’t like it.”