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Thursday, May 24, 2007 Page 2 0 R E M TIMES NEWS AND NOTES TO KEEP YOU Orem seeks to curb housing abuses by redefining family Reva Bowen What is a lamily? The City of Orem is tightening tighten-ing up its definition of a family in order to give police the tools needed to enforce municipal codes. Steve l-.;irl of the city's legal department gave a presentation presenta-tion on the re-written law to the ( rem City Council in a work session Tuesday. Public Safety Director Mike Larsen said the main problems have been with extremely "extended "ex-tended families" and "multiple singles" in single-family homes. llarl said Orem's development develop-ment services department gets 111 to If) inquiries a week regarding re-garding the issue, with callers asking what the city allows. "We Ix'lieve we will get a lot of voluntary compliance if we tighten this up," he said. Currently, city ordinance allows an unlimited numlx.-r of individuals to Ik in a home if Miss Orem Continued from I'uge 1 Annie Williams. Crowder earned the $.') prize for selling the most ads for the pageant. The S KM) pageant committee award went to Kila Caster for outstanding workshop participation, partici-pation, and the SHK) director's award for "most growth" was presented to Millard. Kmcee duties du-ties were shared by Miss Orem 2(K)-)7, Ashley Boulter, and local performer banjo player Nate Keller Boulter now goes on to compete in the Miss Utah Pageant June 24-2!) at the Capitol Capi-tol Theater in Salt Like City Boulter, a violin performance Signals Continued from Page I lighting districts ($42.)00) and library north wing carpeting car-peting ($182,000), and to trim $125,000 from funds for new sidewalks ($250,000) and from roadside landscaping of slopes at 800 North and Center Street ($250,000). The resultant $894,000 would then be applied to install in-stall the top three warranted traffic signals on the priority list 800 South and Main, 400 North and 400 West, and 800 South and 400 West. The city's traffic engineers say that the next two signals on NorthCounty NEWSPAPERS 399 E Sidle St Pleasant Grove Marc Haddock 443 3263 North County Editor mhaddockheraldextra com Cathy Allred 443 3262 Lehi, Saratoga Springs, PI Grove callredheraldextra.com Barbara Christiansen 443 -3264 American Fork. Alpine, Cedar Hills bchnstiansenheraldextra com Mike Rigert 443 -3265 Orem, Vineyard mrigertheraldextra com Beky Beaton 443 3267 Sports bbeatonheraldextra com f.i.vn.hin.'t.mga Josh Walker 443 3260 Advertising Account xecutive jwalkerheraldextra com Volume 134 Ottm TtTies EW, Hnrakj f (iton USPS 411-700 a newiapei puUished at 1 State St f-Vwr.ant G'n.v Utah 84! "I (Vtwti, jo-.trtge pa at FVwsant Grove Utah 8-J06? and at adrMonal marfinq otVes Postmaster: ' "1 aiU'ess Chang", to Oem Tmer, f'O Bo 65 Oem Utah iHb !'utitne1 Inufiay, tr, Lee Pub afons hich rs ac)vryon of lee Entetpfr.es inc Mtmbir: Audit But", t ( filiations iTrftrYTWYrS) G'VeUS they are related "by blood or marriage." The re-worked law ties the "family" definition to one person living in the home, not necessarily the owner. Those in the home must be related to that person at the unclenephew uncleneph-ew level or closer, which cuts out first cousins and beyond. The ordinance outlines five "family" situations: an individual living alone; two or more people all related to the one designated occupant by blixxl, marriage, adoption, or legal guardianship, and their foster children and one other unrelated person; up to three related or unrelated individuals individu-als who live and ccxk together as a single housekeeping unit; two unrelated individuals and any children of either of them living as a single housekeeping unit; or up to six unrelated individuals in-dividuals living in the Student I lousing Overlay zone or PD-21 PD-21 (planned development, site-sX'cific) site-sX'cific) zone. major at BYU where she is a member of the philharmonic and chamber orchestras, performed per-formed several numbers during dur-ing the evening, including a crowd-pleasing duet with eight-year-old Little MLss Orem Eliza Clarke. The number, entitled "Millionaire's Hoedown," was a show stopper, and had the audience audi-ence clapping along enthusiastically. enthusiasti-cally. Boulter's mother, TruAnn Boulter, explained that as MLss ( )rem, Ashley was allowed to select a young girl, in the six to eight -year -old range, to participate par-ticipate with her in some of the Miss Orem events and to escort her at the upcoming Miss Utah Pageant. Lliza has been taking violin lessons from TruAnn the list 800 East and 400 North, and 800 East and 1200 North, must be done together for traffic flow in the overall system. "If we have the money for one, two, and three, then four and five the next year, it moves them all up two years," said Mayor Jerry Washburn. "We will have the two planned (signals), plus three more. That is huge." "It's an improvement," said Councilwoman Margaret Black. "It's a step forward in this endeavor." Reams said the proposed budget includes $75,000 to rebuild the Cherry Hill tennis court, but the double court will Phone: 756-7669 Fax: 756-5274 DAILY HERALD PUBLISHING CO. Jennette Esplin 756 7669 Office Manager Erin Stewart 344 2558 Project Coordinator, DesignerCopy Editor Julia Fullmer 344 2570 DesignerCopy Editor Jeremy Harmon 344 2585 Photographer Issue 72 INFORMED AND The definition of family also includes up to two "guests," defined as those who do not pay rent or give other coasid-eration coasid-eration for staying with the family, and who stay no more than 30 days within a one-year rolling period and do not use the dwelling as a legal address. The new "family" definition does allow for the one unrelated unre-lated person, who could be a nanny, foreign exchange student, stu-dent, or health care provider. The proposed ordinance eliminates the category listing up to 20 unrelated disabled persons as a family, because the law could be interpreted to have such a group as a family without being subject to the city's group home ordinances. Paul Johnson, city attorney, said he thinks the reworked law will "help significantly to stop abuses" and will legalize legal-ize situations that are seen as normal. "This loosens (the law) for what we want, but tightens it. Boulter for about two years, and was a natural fit for the assignment, as-signment, Mrs. Boulter said. This was pageant director Kimberly Harris' first year at the helm of the program, after serving on the committee for seven years. Harris said she went back to school several years ago, and finished up her bachelor's degree in business management at Utah Valley State College several weeks ago, in the thick of the Miss Orem preparations. "When you love doing something, you just 'give it'," Harris said. "I have a passion for serving in the community, com-munity, and I don't mind giving giv-ing the time to help the young women of Orem." require twice that amount, so the project may be postponed and rolled over into next year's budget. Sewage pre-treatment fees were another issue discussed extensively by the council. City staff is proposing raising the fees significantly in order to more adequately reflect the actual costs of sampling and treatment, but also to motivate moti-vate businesses that have been out of compliance to take the necessary steps to pre-treat on site some wastes, such as automotive oil and restaurant grease. The pre-treating reduces the time needed for treatment at the plant, thereby increasing Purpose of the news It was eerie when I walked into the room to give a presentation at last Friday's PTA convention on the BYU campus. This is the fourth year I've talked to the incoming PTA public relations officers about how to work with newspapers. But this was the first time our meeting was held on the fifth floor of the Ernest L Wilkinson Student Center. Just riding the elevator to the fifth floor brought back memories of the first column I ever wrote, this one for BYLTs student newspaper, the . Daily Universe, sometime in the mid-1970s. mid-1970s. The column poked fun at people peo-ple who kept pushing the already-lit elevator button, as if repeated push- mgs would speed things up. I received some ridicule for the column, but I bet people still keep pushing that button after it is already lit. It's probably the same button, and I'm sure the elevator doesn't come any faster, no matter how many times you push it. When the elevator door opened on the fifth floor, you are greeted by a wall and a door. That part looked pretty much as it had 32 years ago when the entire fifth floor held the offices of the Dairy Universe. But when you walked through that door, you entered another world, filled with the sound of typewriters clacking away, and energy en-ergy and the sense of urgency that is part of producing a daily newspaper. The fifth floor was a kind of a home away from home for most of the aspiring journalists journal-ists at the university. Now it nouses meeting rooms. I hadn't been there since the university had moved the newspaper into a different building. So it was strange to walk into a large meeting meet-ing room filled with chairs, a screen and a microphone, and nothing else. But right off I recognized the square pillar that used to be next to the "IT shaped copy desk where we would edit stories and "count" headlines to make sure they would fit. In my mind's eye, I could still see the rows and rows of desks in the room, each with an IBM Selectric typewriter the kind with a pivoting type ball. The Selectric was popular because it was fast and made a good impression. We needed INVOLVED too," he said. CITY BRIEFS I Grant application OK'd The Orem Department of Public Safety received authorization authori-zation May 22 from the Orem City Council to submit a grant application to the U.S. Department Depart-ment of Justice. Orem has already been designated des-ignated to receive the grant, in the amount of $15,532. I Bond refinancing postponed In the hopes of saving $12,000-$ 13,000 per year in payments on its $12 million in bonds issued in 2002 for recreational rec-reational facilities, Orem is in the process of refinancing the bonds. A scheduled City Council vote on the matter May 22 was postponed, but the council indicated to City Manager Jim Reams a willingness to revisit the Issue with just the required JpL jfti. MARC HAODOCKNorth County This year's Miss Orem royalty include from left third attendant Cathy Crowder; first attendant Krystal Millard; Miss Orem Khristen Millecam; second attendant Rachel Jones; and fourth attendant Naomi Bridges. the plant's capacity. Richard Manning, assistant city manager, said the vast majority of 200-plus permitted businesses comply and avoid pre-treatment fines, and only about ten or so per year are a problem. " , The council seemed to favor sending letters to businesses, holding workshops to educate on the issue, and giving a six-month six-month grace period to Jan. 1 for businesses to come into compliance. Reams said the-city has not.increased the fees for 12 years, although lab costs have gone up. The annual sampling fee is proposed to be raised from $500 to $800, and the Marc Haddock THE EDITOR'S COLUMN fw m L' ,-? 24-hour public notice. "It may be a 10-minute meeting," meet-ing," Reams said. Reams explained that to get the most benefit, the city has to catch the market at just the right time. The previous week, the time was right, he said, but as of May 22, circumstances had changed. "(The refinancing) is a good thing for the citizens," Reams said, "but it's also good to maximize it." t McKee Spanish School presents pres-ents play at Orem Public Library On Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. the Orem Public Library welcomes McKee Spanish School as its students perform entirely in Spanish the play "Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig." Directed by Sarah Hansen, the 4- and 6-year 6-year old actors will deliver a performance sure to please all. The play will be presented in the Storytelling Wing of the library. 5 re-inspection fee from $25 to $40, simply to cover increased costs. "We're playing catch up right now," Reams acknowledged. acknowl-edged. Also discussed was a proposal pro-posal that under the city's employee em-ployee compensation plan, city offices will close for Human Rights Day in place of Columbus Colum-bus Day. Another proposed change is a $ 10 fee for CDs of City Council minutes, and a $10 fee for subdivision plans on CD. "We're not doing this for revenue gain," said Reams. "This is just to cover the cost of special services." unchanged a good impression because our the stories were written in triplicate, with cheap, red carbon paper between be-tween letter-sized sheets of blank, cheap newsprint. Stories were typed triple spaced, edited in pencil and often paragraphs para-graphs were physically torn apart and re-assembled with glue in a huge glue pot in the center of the room when we didn't have time to retype the story. Once edited, the pages were sent to the press to be typeset. Often you could detect the strong smell of fixer coming from the darkroom, where photographers processed their black-and-white film. The first time I walked into it, I knew I was home, and I haven't left a newsroom news-room since. But the newsroom has left the fifth floor of the Wilkinson Center, and Friday it was like going to visit the house you grew up in and finding that the new owners have changed the place into a gift shop. As I recounted my history with our location, loca-tion, I told the PTA folks that many things about the news business have changed, but many remain the same. Newsrooms aren't so noisy anymore. The clatter of the typewriter has been replaced with the quiet clicking of the computer keyboard. key-board. And there's no paper and no photo fixer. Computers make writing a second draft a breeze, and digital photography and computerized comput-erized page design programs have changed almost everything everything except the people who spend their lives there. I found out years ago that the people who choose this profession approach it almost as a calling. Often we have little choice. We are compelled to tell real stories that we think matter to people. For example, we want to tell the stories of our schools, because that's where our kids are, and you can't get much more compelling than that. That was my message for the PTA. You can move the newsrooms, reshape the tools, redesign the delivery system, and youU still find the same kind of people who think it is their responsibility to spread the news to their community. Beetle j Continued from Page 1 Tempo on properties within the Orem treatment area beginning in a few weeks, said Larry Lewis, Utah Department De-partment of Agriculture and Food spokesman. Though the Orem eradication project was put out for bids, Tru-Green Tru-Green ChemLawn was the only company that submitted a bid due to its resourcesto handle the project's scale, he said. Calling the Japanese beetle infestation a "serious threat" to not only residents' plants but also Utah's multimillion-dollar multimillion-dollar fruit and vegetable industry, Lewis said the eradication eradi-cation coverage must be totaL "The message is corning through that we don't want the Japanese beetle in Utah," Lewis told a group Tuesday assembled on Meredith Seav-er's Seav-er's front lawn. While some Eastern states have been inundated by Japanese Japa-nese beetle infestations for decades, de-cades, he said Utah's response to its first infestation in Orem aims for complete eradication to avoid a quarantine from other states on Utah's plants. A beetle proliferation would require homeowners to treat their property seasonally sea-sonally to control the insects. Residents and property owners own-ers in the treatment area should have being notified individually of the emergency emergen-cy declaration by mail last week, he said. Seaver, a Utah State University Uni-versity extension office employee, em-ployee, first discovered the beetles in her yard last summer. sum-mer. She hopes the state's emergency infestation declaration decla-ration will prompt residents to educate themselves on the Japanese beetle and the eradication program. "People who have thoroughly thor-oughly researched this will be supportive," she said. Clair Allen, director of the plant industry division of the Department of Agriculture and Food, said Orem's Japanese Japa-nese beetle infestation posed such a high risk to residents and businesses in Utah that the department was willing to foot the entire bill He said the department is continuing to aggressively set traps for the Japanese -beetle in Orem and at loca- i tions across the Wasatch Front, including in 'American Fork where a single beetle was discovered in April. "We want to know if the Japanese beetle is somewhere some-where else in Utah," Allen said. A TruGreen ChemLawn technician demonstrated on Seaver's lawn how the Merit pesticide would be applied to each property within the , Orem treatment area three ! times within the next couple of months. One of the sprayings: is applied to turf to seep into i the soil and kill JapaneS beetles bee-tles in their larval stage, while the second two treatments attack at-tack adult beetles eating trees and shrubs, Allen said. Residents will receive a 48- to 72-hour notice before professionals with TruGreen ChemLawn spray their property, prop-erty, which takes about one hour and then two hours for the chemical to dry, Lewis said. Following the sprayings, residents are asked to water their lawns to allow the pesticide pesti-cide to get into the ground for maximum effectiveness. The department, along with volunteers from the Utah State University extension office and Orem's Neighborhoods Neighbor-hoods in Action, had launched an informational campaign to educate the 2,300 residents in the treatment area and were going door-to-door to get written consent to have professionals pro-fessionals spray lawns, trees and shrubs. One official estimated the state had secured the permission permis-sion of 50 percent of property owners in the treatment zone. The versions of Tempo and Merit being used in Orem are the same types of common pesticides available at nurseries nurser-ies and home centers that are used daily across the state, . Lewis said. "It's as safe as it can be," he said. In instances where a resident's resi-dent's health may be sensitive to the chemical pesticides and the person has a doctor's ; note, a biological control alternative al-ternative will be used. Orem Mayor Jerry Wash- burn said the city supports . i the state's effort to eradicate rather than simply control the spread of the beetles. "I think it would be negS- gent for the state of Utah to do iwthing," he said. "We encourage encour-age citizens to cooperate and -those not in the area to be supportive sup-portive of their neighbors."