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Draper

The City Council has decided to put the decision about the city logo before the public.

The choice between the current logo and the previous logo will appear on the ballot in November, after the City Council declined to change the logo.

The logo debate has been ongoing for more than two years and has culminated in a petition by City Council candidate Jenny Orgill that had more than the 1,200 signatures required to put the issue on the ballot.

The current logo features a tree and Lone Peak, and the previous logo had a farmer working a plow. Proponents of the current logo say it is more efficient for letterheads and signs. Opponents say it is generic and doesn't reflect the agricultural heritage of Draper.

Kearns

There's a good reason the Utah Olympic Oval parking lot looks like a trailer park these days.

The Salt Lake Organizing Committee is gearing up for the Winter Games, ordering nearly 125 empty trailers. The oval will keep about 15; the rest will be distributed to venue sites around northern Utah.

Each trailer will be used by SLOC as office space, staff briefing areas and overflow for venue operations. SLOC oval director Nick Thometz said it's common practice for Olympic venue sites to need extra space to manage operations during the Games.

The trailers take up parking spaces, but Thometz predicts the oval will still be a park-and-walk site, with plenty of spaces available for the estimated 6,300 fans who will watch the U.S. speedskating team go for gold.

Midvale

The city has agreed to cooperate with its neighbors' pursuit of a western TRAX spur.

The City Council has authorized Mayor Joanne Seghini to work with West Jordan, South Jordan, and West Valley City for the initial studies about a Mid-Jordan light rail line. Currently, no money has been budgeted in Midvale for the studies, although it is likely that the cities will eventually split the costs of an environmental impact study.

The line, which is proposed by the cities to the Utah Transit Authority, would start at Fashion Place West (6400 South) and run west through parts of Midvale.

Midvale

The window of opportunity to cut weeds has decreased while the fines for letting weeds grow uncontrolled has increased.

Under new regulations approved by the City Council, property owners will have only 10 days to get rid of weeds after a warning letter from the city, instead of the 20 days previously allowed. Also, the city will now charge the property owner $100 instead of $50.

The city sends letters to the owners of property where the weeds are significant enough to pose a fire danger.

West Valley City

The city's fire department will get a little help with communications during the 2002 Winter Olympics from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The city is set to enter into an agreement with the DOD that allows for use of its radios so firefighters can communicate with Secret Service and FBI officials at the E Center and West Valley Acord Ice Center.

The radios will be on loan, at no cost, only during the Olympics.