Wednesday, March 7, 2012

City Council update Mar. 7, 2012

Mayor Wall gave his report and thanked Rhetta McIff for her hard work on the Taylorsville Urban Iditarod. (See previous post for details.)

Judy Bunkall was approved as a member of the Ordinance Review Committee and Jerry Rechtenbach was approved as a member of the Unified Fire Authority board of directors.

We heard reports from the Youth Council, District Attorney Sim Gill, Sanitation Director Pam Roberts, UFA Battalion Chief Jay Ziolkowski, and Judge Michael Kwan.

The council heard an appeal of a Planning Commission decision for an animal fanciers permit. The owner wanted to allow an additional 20 dogs on their property. The property owner previously applied for an animal hobby permit which would allow three additional animals, and then applied for an animal fanciers permit to add an additional three dogs. The owner has a total of 26 dogs. An animal fanciers permit is for pure bred animals and strictly for breeding purposes.

The Planning Commission allowed them to have 10 dogs, which means they would need to get rid of 16 of their dogs. City Council has one of three options - to uphold the Planning Commission decision, if there is additional information presented they can remand back to the Planning Commission, or set a date to hear the appeal.

The council made a motion to uphold the Planning Commission decision. That passed 4-1, with Councilmember Rechtenbach being the dissenting vote.

The City of Taylorsville invites its citizens to participate in a public hearing for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds. The following projects have requested funding through the CDBG and HOME programs for the fiscal year 2012-2013:
Wasatch Front Regional Council, Assist, Habitat for Humanity, Taylorsville Senior Center, YMCA, Road Home, Community Health Center, Rape Crisis Center, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, South Valley Sanctuary, Tri Park Services, Security Cameras - 1550 W. 4750 S., Family Support Center, and Home Owner Rehab.

The City Council discussed special use park policies and fees. They received recommendations from the LARP committee and the administration.

Proposed amendments to an elections ordinance were brought before the council for discussion and consideration. The attorney proposed eliminating the campaign contributions limit, for potential free speech violations. A motion was made to adopt the amendments and then have the city attorney write an ordinance that does provide a cap for contributions that could withstand the potential free-speech legal issues.

The council also directed the attorney to have candidates for elected office pay a $100 filing fee unless they can provide a nomination form with 25 signatures. Then the fee will be reduced to $50.

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