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Government action

Utah County

In its Nov. 5 meeting, the Utah County Commission:

- Heard a proposal by representatives of the state Division of Wildlife Resources to accept a gift of 338 acres of land near Goshen to be included in the Utah Lake Wetlands Preserve. Wildlife Resources officials told the commissioners they would pay roll-back taxes due on the property and 50 cents per acre annually in lieu of taxes if the land is transferred from the Farm Service Agency.

- Set a special meeting for the county Board of Equalization for Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.

- Set a public hearing for Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. to review a new market-based personnel system and salary schedule for the county.

- Authorized the commission chairman to execute an agreement with the town of Cedar Fort. The agreement calls for the county sheriff to provide law enforcement for Cedar Fort through Dec. 31, 1997.


In its Nov. 5 meeting, the Planning Commission:

- Recommended revising the building height ordinance to measure from an average finished grade to the mid-point of a gabled roof.

- Recommended eliminating the formula for determining the front yard setback on a one-acre lot. The formula had the setback increasing according to the slope. Now the planners recommend to the City Council that the setbacks for both front and rear yards be 30 feet.

- Granted preliminary approval for phase one of the Willow Canyon subdivision, owned by Joel Kester. The 29 lots are in the controversial annexation area of the East Mountains. Phase one encompasses the western portion of the property, which is the flattest part.


In its Nov. 6 meeting, the City Council:

- Heard a presentation from Paul Blanchard, economic development director. Blanchard unveiled a new sign to be posted in the downtown business district. Eight of the colorful signs, which say "Welcome to Historic Payson," will replace dilapidated signs currently in use.

- Introduced Andy Hall, the city's new planner. Hall has worked in planning for Mountainland Association of Governments for the past four years. He will officially begin work with Payson Nov. 18.

- Heard a presentation from Gloria Barnett, Payson Historical Society president. Barnett proposed changing the name of 400 North to "Cow Lane" in memory of the cattle drives that used the street for more than a century until the late 1950s. The council set a public hearing on the matter for Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.

- Received a report from the city's fire department. Firefighters told the council the city may need to purchase a new fire truck with aerial suppression capabilities in order to keep the city's fire rating at its current level.