Photo by Dusty Butler from Ferron City’s 2018 Peach Days.
By Julie Johansen
Ferron City Councilman Dale Mead recognized Joe Trenery as Ferron City’s exceptional citizen at the council’s meeting on Thursday evening. All attendees of the meeting agreed, stating that Trenery was always there for them.
Also at the meeting, it was explained that Ferron City Treasurer Tami Bennett is retiring, prompting the need for new treasurer, Jaqueline Wilde, to be sworn in by the city recorder.
The city informed JD Seely that they will not be putting in an egress approach to his property on 300 North State. They suggested that he speak with the Castle Valley Special Service District. Maurice Anderson was informed that the road between 300 and 500 North on 100 West is not wide enough to put in sidewalks.
Discussion about the new fence around the fairgrounds included comments that it was needed for liability purposes, safety, garbage control and to better monitor the area. Others felt that the money should be put to the upkeep of the grounds.
Brent Langston requested signs and guard rails along West Mill Road because of the recent incidents on that corner. The mayor informed him that this request would be added to the road project list and the planning commission will address the issue at its next meeting.
Ferron City Clerk Tami Bennett requested switching to Xpress Bill Pay for the city utility bills. She explained that her time costs the city more than the extra $70 to sign up for bill pay. This motion was made and approved to being implementing Xpress Bill Pay.
It was agreed that Ferron City will now contract with Emery County for building permits. Other motions receiving approval were a garbage rate increase of 97 cents, a farmer’s market to start next summer and the Urban Deer Plan. It was also approved for the fire chief’s salary to be $100 this year and up to $200 next year.
A canvas vote was reported to the council with 804 registered voters and 347 votes. Two candidates withdrew their names, meaning there will be only five candidates to fill the three council seats and no primary election was needed. The following names will be on the ballot: Randy D. Fox, Christopher Ronald Quayle-Winn, Donald Troy Winter, Josephine Robinson and Shala Hunsaker.
The schedule for the upcoming Peach Days celebration was studied to see what areas still need help. Volunteers are needed to aseemble new bleachers on Tuesday, Aug. 27 after 10 a.m. T-shirts are ready and will sell for $10/youth and $15/adults. These funds will be added to the money needed for the welcome sign.