The Garland City Council unanimously passed a new ordinance yesterday prohibiting the possession, use and sell of the chemical known as “Spice.” The ordinance goes into affect next Wednesday with its first publication in the Oct. 27 issue of the Leader.
Mayor Arlon Bennett said that the council has been working closely with the Tremonton City Council on the ordinance and that the Tremonton City Council will vote on its own ordinance at its next council session.
The “Spice” categories of drugs have previously been unregulated, but many Utah cities are passing similar ordinances to curtail its use. The over-the-counter synthetic drug produces a marijuana-like effect and has previously been available to anyone.
Other ordinances and resolutions the council passed are the annexation of the Steve Lindsay residence on 1400 South, a flood damage prevention ordinance, the appointment of city recorder Sharlet Anderson as the city’s National Flood Insurance Coordinator an update of the public works standards stating that residential driveways must be 50 feet away from intersections of city-maintained roads.
In addition, the council voted to declare October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and signed an anti-pornography proclamation. The proclamation is an effort to educate the city residents and to provide a child-safe community standard, Bennett said. Approximately 40 other Utah cities and Governor Gary Herbert have signed the anti-pornography proclamation.
The council showed unanimous support for the Domestic Violence Awareness Month after hearing a report from Annette MacFarlane, director of the county’s women’s shelter. MacFarlane noted that by the end of the year the shelter will have helped over 2,000 people. This may be due to an increase in the county’s population, she said, or simply because the shelter is doing a good job of reaching out and educating those who need its services. She also noted that the economy and the media may also cause the increase.
Questar’s Northern Utah Operations Supervisor Steve Krebs met with the council to address a breakdown in communication between the city and one of Questar’s contractors. Recently a newly-paved Garland road was cut into by one of the company’s contractors to provide service at a resident’s request. Krebs stated that the company was required by law to provide service, but that in the future there may be another method of tapping into a gas main that would be more seamless and will allow for the same piece cut from the road to be used to plug the cut when the tap to the main is completed.
“We hope to keep the avenue of communication open [with the city],” Krebs said, promising to attend several more commission meetings over the next year. Bennett also recognized that the situation was a learning experience for the city leadership and that they were not blameless either.
Garland Fire Department Chief Kent Menlove reported that his agency has been awarded another grant. This time it is for $3,600 and will allow the purchase of additional fire-fighting equipment.
Calls to the Garland Police Department continue to rise, Chief Linda Bourne reported. This month there were 235, with several assaults at the middle school and thefts at the Natatorium and attempted thefts at the high school parking lots. Bourne asks that high school students lock their cars and either remove or keep all valuables out of sight. Even loose change can be enticing to car thiefs, she said.
The Garland City Youth Council has kicked off its food pantry competition against Tremonton’s council. The weigh in will be Nov. 6. Until then, both groups will be collecting food items for the Tremonton Food Pantry. The date for the Garland Light Parade has been set for Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., Garland Youth Mayor Madision Packer said.
Councilmember Gary Shaw reported that the city’s fire hydrants have all received flags for the snow season and that they have been flushed and inspected. “Next month the city will place the meter pads in [the residents’] water meters,” he said, in preparation for its new digital water meter reading system.