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Payson

A new state statute that requires cities to act on annexation requests within 14 days is causing fits for local officials.

The law, which went into effect July 1, required city staff to amend Wednesday's agenda so the council could hear an annexation request for 66 acres on the southeast side of Arrowhead Trail. The property is on Payson's northeast side. Typically the council hears annexation requests after the planning commission reviews them. But the new timeline precluded that, city administrator Andy Hall said.

The city agreed to review the request after learning that developers were selling half-acre lots for equestrian use. If annexed, the rural acreage would come in with one-acre minimum lot sizes, officials said.

Provo

Stealth cell-phone towers, often designed to look like trees, will now require public notice and resident comment before they go up in Provo.

The Provo City Council tightened requirements for cell-phone towers this week after some residents in the Riverbottoms neighborhood complained about a 70 foot tower in their neighborhood.

The tower, designed to look like a pine tree, was built in May by Sprint PCS. Some neighbors complained that the plans for the tower were not disclosed before it was built.

New towers will also be required to have a conditional use permit.

Spanish Fork

The city's annual Fiesta Days starts today with a stock parade, the play "Cinderella" at Spanish Fork High School and a PRCA rodeo starting at 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

Events through the weekend include a golf tournament at the Spanish Oaks Golf Course and a pie-baking contest at the city park. Events run through Tuesday, July 24, with the Grand Parade featuring 100 entries. For more information visit the city's Web site, www.spanishfork.org.

Springville

When Pioneer Day rolls around on Tuesday, city officials want most residents to keep the spark of celebration in their hearts and not on the grass.

The City Council voted Tuesday to ban all fireworks in several areas of the city identified at high risk for wildfires.

Springville Police Chief Scott Finlayson said the city is trying to avoid a repeat of last year's wildfires.

"The fire department will go out Friday and Saturday, placing door hangers on all homes in banned areas so that residents will know," Finlayson said.

The council's resolution to ban fireworks on the 24th include areas on the east foothills, east of Canyon Road and 1700 East. In the north part of the city, the ban includes the area east of 400 East, and in the west side anywhere west of 400 West. All city parks within that area will also be under the ban, Finlayson said.

People are welcome to set off fireworks at Memorial Park, 500 E 200 South, during the celebration. The main center part of town is also exempt from the ban.

Finlayson said the ban is effective for the 24th this year and the days before and after the 24th when fireworks would normally be permitted.