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Thursday, March 10, 2005

From the High School Free Speech Front:

"If they feel an article isn't appropriate, they will pull it -- or ask the student to make changes to it. They said that isn't censorship. They said they're just approving or not approving what goes in. What's your definition of censorship?"

--Hawley Kunz, co-editor of the Warrior News, Weber High School, Pleasant View, Utah. The principal ordered prior review of the monthly newspaper after an editorial critical of the condition of the school's running track. (3/8/05)

Water restrictions frustrte Trenton residents

By Mikaylie Kartchner

February 24, 2005 | TRENTON -- The moratorium on water hook-ups is a cause for concern for some town residents, say Planning and Zoning commissioners.

Since October, there has been a moratorium placed on Trenton's water which stops the town from activating any new water hook-ups to its water supply. Town Recorder Macall Smith said the current moratorium is set to expire in April, but it could be extended.

"Worst case scenario I've heard is five years," Smith said. Smith said that because the Bear River Water District has put the town on water restriction they could issue the moratorium.

"It basically stops any building in our town," Smith said.

Commissioners discussed the drilling of a new well to help supply water to the town. Bruce Sharp, a city council member, said drilling had started last week but was unsure if it was successful. He said although the shortage was frustrating the town was obligated to protect its current citizens.

"We've got to protect those who are already here," Sharp said.

In other business, the commission discussed some new zoning laws being designed for the town. According to commissioner Rob Smith, there had been some delay from the person who was to make suggestions for the new laws, and that it would be another three months at least, before the laws could go into effect.

"I don't know a way to hurry this along," Smith said.

The commission discussed sending the issue to the Utah League of Cities and Towns to get a second opinion and agreed to do so.

Several commissioners brought up the trouble they were having with town members building on their property without permits.

"This is not fair," Sharp said. "We need to stay on top of this and make sure someone is controlling it."

Commissioners agreed that was partly a problem because the zoning laws were being changed.

"It will be nice when all of that's approved and we have it because then we can flip over and page and have it right there in black and white," Sharp said.

The commission decided to have someone evaluate exactly what kind of building was going on and to what extent before taking any legal action. Sharp said the town was looking for alternatives to getting an attorney.

Other topics discussed were:

-- The approval of the Trenton General Plan to be sent to the city council for their approval. -- Possible names for new board members for the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. -- Petitioning the state to lower the speed limit on a state road coming into Trenton.


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