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Castle Dale may get a new gun shop

By COREY BLUEMEL Staff writer

Castle Dale City resident Dixie Thompson informed the council of cemetery grants which are available for application. “These grants are cemetery inventory grants and are designed to help cities and towns map and mark all graves and be inventoried on a computer data base. This is a good way to help with the history of an area,” said Thompson. The council agreed to look into the process of applying for a grant.
Travis Robinson requested information from the city council concerning the application for a business license in the city. “My partner, Matt Cloward and I want to open a gun shop in Castle Dale. We want more than just shooting, we want to hold safety classes, concealed carry permit classes, and hunter safety also. We want this business to be a one-stop shop for all hunting needs and supplies with some Army surplus inventory as well. I need all the information about the process to obtain a business license,” said Robinson.
Mayor Peacock explained the only requirement is to come into City Hall and fill out the application and pay the fee for the license. “We would like to know where you plan to locate your business,” asked Peacock. Robinson responded they are planning to locate on Main Street in Castle Dale. Kerry Lake from planning and zoning said there are no extra restrictions for a gun shop, they are the same as any other business. Council person Julie Pizzuto suggested to Robinson that he contact Emery County Economic Director Mike McCandless for help and direction.
City secretary Carolyn Jorgensen stated that several residents have requested the city make available the option of paying their utility bill with the city by the use of bank cards. “I have done some research and this will cost the city $50 per month. We already have online bill pay,” said Jorgensen. The council discussed whether the number of requests will justify the city to spend the needed $50 per month. It was decided to track the number of requests and determine if the demand will justify the action.
Mayor Peacock explained the Bureau of Land Management has requested comments from Castle Dale City concerning a request from Emery County for a parcel of land to be used for a new long range shooting range. The property is not in Castle Dale, but adjacent to the boundary near the Sheriff’s Office. Peacock urged the council members to make their comments to Ray Petersen, county public lands director who is heading up this project, or to the county land use planning board.
Councilman Joel Dorsch requested funds to install a sprinkling system at the old forest service property the city has acquired. “It will cost $3,500 at most for the supplies. I am also requesting permission to install a sand volleyball court on the lot,” said Dorsch. The council discussed the request and agreed for Dorsch to move ahead with the project.
Dorsch initiated a discussion concerning the flag pole at city hall. He stated the pole needs to have electricity installed and this requires moving the pole closer to the sidewalk. “The cost of a new pole is $2,700-3,500 for a 40 foot pole plus the cost of materials and cement,” said Dorsch. Following discussion, the council decided to use the existing pole, with repairs to the pole, and relocate it to the suggested site near the eastern sidewalk to allow for the installation of power to the pole. The work will be done with supervision, by Nathan Thompson as an Eagle Scout project.
Dorsch then requested permission from the council to approach residents and others who advertise yard sale on posts around the city. “I have received many complaints from people about signs that remain up after the yard sale is over and the people do not remove them,” said Dorsch. Mayor Peacock urges all residents who hold yard sales to be conscientious and courteous to other residents by removing all advertising when the sale is over.
Jorgensen presented a proposed map of the city with zoning information updated. These changes were adopted by the council.
Mayor Peacock gave each member of the council a noise ordinance he has written using Vernal’s noise ordinance as a model. “I have made some changes I felt would suit Castle Dale better. Please read and study this proposal and bring it and all your comments to next month’s meeting,” said Peacock.
Lake, of planning an zoning, reported the land use board is nearing completion of the work on the city’s ordinances. When this project is complete, it will be presented to the council, and scheduled for a public hearing.
Councilman Brad Giles reported the Castle Valley Special Service District has approached the Permanent Community Impact Board for funding of a project to install new, digital water meters throughout the county. He stated the request was turned down, and the district has come up with three solutions to solve the water meter situation. “The district can take the loans offered by the CIB, and this would require the district to raise water rates $2 a month for everyone in the county. The second solution is for the district to forego road projects for a year, and take that money from the general obligation funds to pay for the meters. Their third option is to do nothing,” said Giles. After much discussion, the council decided that if no other plan is presented, they would opt for the second solution.
Mayor Peacock informed the council that he is willing to fight for anything Castle Dale City wants and needs, but he needs direction as to the city’s priorities. “I have several things I want you to consider, a new city hall, a new pavilion, park improvements, clean-up of private individuals properties, Main Street beautification, or a new fire station. These are just of few of the ideas I have had, but I need to know what the residents feel is the best direction for Castle Dale City. Please talk to as many residents as you can, and consider your own feelings, and come prepared next month to tell me what you have come up with,” said Peacock.

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