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Orchard City hesitant to adopt 2018 building codes

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On Wednesday, April 3, the Orchard City Board of Trustees convened for a workshop to tackle several agenda items.

First, Jared Paul, a TDS representative, approached the trustees for an easement request. TDS is proposing a 10x10 site near Delta County dispatch tower. "This is aimed at our fringe people at the edge of the copper networks," he said, referring to the purpose of the easement request and how TDS plans to use it to better service.

He said he believes their technology is scalable, which is why TDS is asking for an easement. The town will charge a fee and funds will go to the park after a vote at the town meeting April 10.

The 2018 building code proposal was next on the agenda. Building inspector Bruce Stanley suggested adopting the codes, with modifications. The cost for upgrading will be split with at least six other municipalities.

Trustees agreed there's a need to upgrade but they're hesitant because they don't want to adopt everything in the 2018 proposal. Stanley suggested creating a task force with himself, a council member and someone in the trade to look things over and create a proposal on what to accept and reject.

Still undecided, the trustees asked Stanley to present some major samples next work session of what he would change from the 2018 codes to give the trustees an idea before agreeing. A final decision does not need to be made until June 28.

Next, trustees discussed leak adjustments and rebates from drought rates. Water committee explored giving a rebate to those who used more than 10,000 gallons from November to January.

The trustees ultimately decided to not pursue this, for several reasons. One was the possibility that rebates might not even be legal. Several trustees commented that the board didn't know snowfall levels back in those months so they made the right call in keeping the drought rates active.

Town administrator Melissa Oelke then gave the trustees the revised drought task force recommendations. She took the policy, moved some language into a proposed ordinance and trimmed down the recommendations. They will review this over the month and discuss it at next work's session.

Planning commission has a vacancy and one applicant who will be appointed at the regular meeting. And, at the regular meeting Ordinances 2019-01 and 02, changes to the municipal codes, will be the subject of a public hearing.

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