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Committee tackles Garland address problems

The Garland City Planning and Zoning Committee is working to fix address discrepancies within the city’s limits. The group has identified all of the problem addresses and will soon be taking the next step to correct the problem, city planner Marty Hiles announced at the Garland City Council Thursday.

“We’ve identified every house with address problems and we are taking the next step… to correct the problem,” Hiles said.

There are several addresses within the city that have a Garland address, a county address and a Tremonton address, which makes it very difficult for emergency response teams to find the location. Because the city’s planning and zoning committee doesn’t have new construction due to the sluggish economy, it has time to work on these types of issues.

The Garland City Council voted unanimously to extend its plan approval without assessing further fees for the River Bend housing development. Hiles recommended two years would be enough time for the group who had already invested $100,000 into the project. March of 2013 will be the new project deadline, he said.

Councilmember Jonna Comstock said the committee would like to write a policy regarding extensions that would be in place in the future.

Mayor Arlon Bennett announced to the commission that the city’s new website is up. The site is www.garlandutah.org. Bennett also proposed changing the city council nights to the second and fourth Wednesdays for the work session and county commission, respectively. The Box Elder County mayors have a meeting on the third Wednesday of each month and he would like to attend that meeting, he said. Changes would go into effect in January.

Marcia Rodriguez, owner of the trailer court on 100 East and 100 South, presented her concerns about a future extension to a jerky shop in her back yard. Councilmember Fred Christensen noted that the extension has not been presented to the planning and zoning commission yet, so nothing is to be done right now. However, he said, the council was very willing to listen to her concerns.

Rodriguez is alarmed that the building’s extension may make it difficult for emergency vehicles to maneuver between the trailer court and the business and she is concerned about the smoke it will generate close to the homes.

Jay Munns , emergency coordinator for the city, reported on an emergency management training he attended, along with Ogden city participants, in Maryland. The training was focused on earthquake disasters, but can be applied to any emergency situation the city would encounter. One alarming statistic he noted was that only about one-third of the residents of Ogden have 72 hour kits, adequate food supply and shelter.

Police Chief Linda Bourne is still emphasizing that people lock up their valuables at home, when parking their cars and in the lockers at the Bear River Natatorium. Thefts of all sorts are on the rise, she said, “lock it up and put it back where people can’t see it.”

Burglars have taken fishing poles directly out of the back of trucks, prescriptions directly from homes or cars and $200 from a wallet at the Natatorium, she said.

Youth Mayor Madison Packer reported the Garland City Youth Council won the competition food drive for the Tremonton Food Pantry. She wanted to thank all who helped, especially Wheatland Milling, donating to this great cause. She also announced the Garland Light Parade will be held Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.


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