By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston City is moving ahead with plans to open 400 East at U.S. 91. The access to the highway was at one time open, but closed several years ago after a highway-widening project was completed.
Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson said several businesses and residents have indicated a desire to reopen the intersection. “The city is currently working with the state highway department on the concept.”
The mayor said the highway department would prefer a 90-degree angled entrance onto the highway, but added that doesn’t look feasible because of private property boundaries in the area.
The city council on Monday directed city engineer Darek Kimball to begin concept drawings, which will be reviewed with highway department officials in the near future.
“The highway department has allocated funding to help with this proposed project. The city will help by having its crews install a storm drain and some curb and sidewalk in the area,” the mayor added.
A special city council meeting may be called to review the project prior to final approval.
The council decided to prohibit dumping of concrete as a fill product at the city’s industrial park on 800 West. Public works director John Balls told the council continued dumping of the concrete blocks may cause problems in the future if new underground utilities are needed.
“We don’t want to find ourselves in a position of having to dig up the blocks in order to install water or sewer lines,” he said.
The city for years has allowed this type of demolition material to be dumped at the park in order to fill hallows and ravines.
The council set a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17 to review a change in the city’s procedure for granting variances and special-use permits. In the past the city’s planning and zoning commission has ruled on these requests. The proposed change would make the council the ruling body.
The planning and zoning commission will continue to hold public hearings in these cases as part of a fact-finding process and then forward recommendations to the council for reviews and decisions.
In other action, the council:
• approved a business license to Joe Hardy, 193 E. 800 N., for Mattco Outfitters.
• approved a non-commercial kennel license to Kayla Evans, 163 N. 200 W.
• convened an executive session to discuss pending litigation and personnel.
• reminded residents there will only be one council meeting in December on Monday, Dec. 17.
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