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Tree ordinance introduced at Lyman council meeting

Posted: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

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LYMAN — A group of Boy Scouts from Troop 12 of the local Boy Scouts of America were in attendance at the Lyman Town Council meeting October 12. The Scouts were attending the meeting, as a part of the requirements to earn their Citizenship in the Community merit badges.

Lyman Public Works Director Gary Hutchinson informed the council that four fire hydrant extensions have been ordered for a Urie neighborhood where the hydrants are below grade.

Hutchinson also informed the council that street light poles will need to be put in place before street lights can be installed on Sage, Blackner, and East streets.

He added that work orders have already been submitted for streets where poles are already in place.

In other action, Ordinance #2012-07, an ordinance concerning the care and protection of trees in the Town of Lyman, was introduced, and a discussion followed. The ordinance is modeled after a Jackson Hole tree ordinance.

Lyman Town Mayor Andy Hewitt voiced concerns that the ordinance would define what people can do with trees on their own property. He said, “In my opinion the ordinance is quite a bit more restrictive than I’d like to see.”

According to stipulations in the ordinance, are included among other things, restrictions as to the size of trees that are allowed to be planted within a specified distance from city streets.

Hewitt, after reviewing the ordinance, stated that if passed the ordinance would prevent the Town of Lyman from replacing the trees on Main Street that have died.

Councilman Jana Condos stated that the ordinance would “give the public works department teeth to enforce” the planting of trees within the city limits.

Lyman Town attorney Thayne Peterson stated, “We do have a few ordinances in place that deal with trees.”

After further discussion, the ordinance was tabled.

Mayor Hewitt also proposed that the start time for Lyman Town Council meetings be changed. By law, business meetings must begin at 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month. The proposed change would mean that business meetings would immediately follow work session meetings that begin at 7 p.m.

Hutchinson informed the council that ten “NO SMOKING” signs have been delivered, and that they will be posted at the rodeo arena complex.

A beverage catering permit was approved by the council for the November seventeenth Ivie/Wilson wedding.

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