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Construction on a mile-long sound wall in Clearfield will begin Monday, the Utah Department of Transportation announced.

The sound wall, the second to go up in the city, will block increased traffic noise and protect properties flush with the freeway. The wall will run from 450 North to 200 South, parallel to I-15.

Residents in the area have long supported a sound wall being built.

The project is expected to take three months and cost $800,000.

Davis County

The Davis County Board of Health has adopted regulations for fluoridating public water supplies.

At a meeting Tuesday morning, the board voted to adopt a set of regulations that outline the process that Davis County cities should use to add and maintain fluoride in the drinking water. Davis County residents voted in favor of water fluoridation last November.

The regulations describe fluoride compounds, equipment and testing methods, as well as penalties for anyone who violates any part of the regulation.

All 15 cities in the county are required to have fluoridated water running through the taps by May 2002, though Centerville residents are voting again on the issue, and Woods Cross officials voted to "opt out" of fluoridation. County officials say both cities will still be required to fluoridate, even if it takes legal action to force them to do so.


Davis County Health Department Director Lewis Garrett discussed the department's role in preparing for communicable-disease surveillance during the 2002 Winter Games at a Board of Health meeting Tuesday morning.

While the state already has some disease surveillance in place, mandating the reporting of certain diseases, in many instances diseases go unreported, Garrett said.

"The compliance with reporting depends on the disease," he said, and he estimated that just 15 to 20 percent of all reportable diseases in Utah are reported.

For the disease-intervention program being planned for the Olympics, reporting would not be limited to diseases but would include symptoms of bioterroristic diseases such as anthrax.

The county would keep track of syndromes and diseases in the event that "someone were to try to disrupt the Games with a biological agent," Garrett said. "It's a hot issue right now."

Two years ago, the state was awarded about $1 million to fight bioterrorism by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About $700,000 of that money went to local health departments.

West Point

New lighting restrictions for commercial and public property in West Point will help the city keep its rural flair, according to City Manager Rick Davis.

West Point City Council's dark-sky ordinance passed Tuesday night, limiting how bright lights and signs can be on commercial and public properties.

Davis said many people move to West Point to "get away from the glare of auto malls and shopping centers." He said this ordinance will help keep it that way.

The city, which Davis describes as being on the cusp of a commercial development boom, needed something to help preserve its rural feel as businesses move in.

"It's just good planning," he said.