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Councilman Sharp to represent Midvale on police board

Mar 30, 2017 11:34AM ● Published by Tori La Rue

Councilmember Wayne Sharp replaced Mayor JoAnn Seghini on the Unified Police Department Board. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

By Ruth Hendricks | Ruth.H@mycityjournals.com

Councilmember Wayne Sharp was appointed to serve as Midvale City’s representative on the Unified Police Department Board during the Midvale City Council meeting on Feb. 21. Mayor JoAnn Seghini had been serving on the Board, with Sharp serving as the alternate.

“This is in conjunction with the Mayor winding down towards the end of her term,” said Kane Loader, Midvale City manager.

Loader noted that an elected official is required to serve on that board. Police Chief Jason Mazuran expressed his appreciation for the service Seghini had given on this board.  The City Council unanimously approved the resolution appointing Sharp as the Board representative.

When asked later about her experience working with the UPD board, Seghini said, “The men and women with the UPD are highly trained professionals who understand that their job is to serve and protect the city.  This isn’t just a philosophy, it’s a reality.  They keep the community safe.  I treasure my relationship with the UPD and the other board members.”

Another issue with continued discussion at the Feb. 21 meeting was a request made by the City Council to review the City’s development lot standards for single-family detached homes on corner lots. 

The purpose of the proposed changes is to allow new development opportunities on larger corner lots that have existing homes, addressing the limitations on ancillary buildings, required depth standards and visibility limitations. 

Matt Hilderman, associate planner with the city, said, “This amendment lets home owners put more uses to their property in different locations.  The ordinance now says that these ancillary buildings must be placed in back or side yards.  However, corner lots have two front yards.  This amendment allows for extended uses on corner properties.”

The Planning Commission had already given the proposed text amendment a positive recommendation on Jan. 11.  Language in the initial proposal raised some concerns with city council members about the restriction that required an accessory structure, such as a shed, be placed behind a fence to hide it from sight.

Planning Commission staff reviewed several proposals and recommended a revised amendment to the City Council on Feb. 18.  The council held a public hearing on this text amendment on March 7 at 7 p.m.  There were no public comments and the council approved the amendment.

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