The city is looking for someone to take change of rebuilding the Wellsville City float. This is a great way to do service for the community. If you are interested please contact the Wellsville City office at 245-3686.
The public is invited to attend a special event at the City Offices. On Wednesday January 6, 2010, Thomas Bailey will be sworn-in as Wellsville Mayor, marking the first time Wellsville has had a new Mayor in twenty years. Ruth P. Maughan, current mayor, decided not to seek re-election for a fifth term this past November.
Mayor Maughan will open the meeting on January 6, and then turn the time over to City Manager Don Hartle for the swearing-in ceremony. Mayor Bailey will then take over the gavel and leadership of the city.
In addition, Ron Case and Colin Harrison will be sworn in as members of the Wellsville City Council. This will be Case’s third term on the council and Harrison’s first.
Immediately prior to being sworn-in as Mayor, Bailey will resign his seat on the City Council. One of Bailey’s first acts as Mayor will be to declare his former seat empty and call for applications to fill it. More details will be coming in the near future as to the procedures to follow if you are interested in applying for this seat. The new council member will be selected by the City Council and Mayor, and will complete the remainder of Bailey’s council term (two years).
Wellsville City will start taking reservations for the city’s parks and other facilities beginning January 4, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Reservations can be made either in person at the City Offices (75 East Main) or by phone (435-245-3686). Reservations are on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.
This reverses a previously made decision by the City Council to delay taking reservations until after February 4, 2010.
Tree recycling is now available through January 8, 2010. The recycling drop off site is located behind the City fire station (at approximately 65 East Main). Please make sure the Christmas trees that you want to recycle are free of tinsel, ornaments, lights and metal stands.
It is the holiday season again and the City of Logan Environmental Department is asking Cache County residents to consider the environment. The department is planning on providing extra curbside recycling collection during the Holiday Season for no additional charge to residents. The extra days for curbside recycling are December 29 and January 4. Please place your blue recycle containers on the curb by 7:00 a.m. Also remember that wrapping paper can be recycled, just be sure to remove the ribbons and no foil wrapping paper.
Just for your information, the green waste bin behind the fire station has been removed for the winter and will be returned in the spring.
For questions or more information, please call 716-9755. You may download a 2010 recycling schedule at the webite: environmental.loganutah.org.
The Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and the entire office staff would like to wish all Wellsville residents a Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday Season.
Special thanks are due to our Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department for sponsoring the visit by Santa Claus.It was a fun event enjoyed by all who attended.
We hope you have had an opportunity to pass by the City Square and look at our Christmas decorations. A big ‘Thank You’ goes to Becky and Gary Bates, Carolyn and Boyd Cooper, Arlene Hall, Leesa and Jeff Copper, Perry Maughan, and Tommy Maughan for setting up our display. They have provided this special community service for many years.
The Wellsville City Dam is now a Community Fishery and is open to year-round fishing. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has a strong program of promoting outdoor activities. One of these is through Community Fisheries. We are proud to be working with the DWR here in Wellsville. One of our goals is to get our children outdoors more and interacting with the environment. Wellsville will be conducting activities during the year to promote this goal within our community. You can find out more about the DWR’s Community Fishery program here.
On December 2, 2009 the City Council passed Resolution 2009-07. This resolution governs our city parks and other facilities and includes such things as park hours of operation, dogs in parks, smoking restrictions, camping and other items. You can read a complete copy of the resolution here.
The City’s goal regarding snow removal is to provide safe access in and out of the City in the event of severe weather. To accomplish this, we need everyone’s assistance and cooperation.
The Public Works Department provides for snow removal from the city streets on a 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After-hours staff is limited, unless a snow emergency is declared. The City staff is committed to provide safe conditions for City residents.
Street parking is restricted from November 1 to the following March 31
- So as to provide access to snow plows for snow removal,it is unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to park any motor vehicle on any street in the city between November 1 of each year and April 30 of the following year, for a period of time longer than five (5) minutes when loading or unloading passengers and for a period of time longer than five (5) minutes when loading or unloading or delivering property between the hours of twelve o’clock (12:00) midnight and eight o’clock (8:00) A.M. This subsection shall not apply to emergency vehicles. (Ord. 2007-01, 3-21-2007)
Placing Snow in Roadway
- Please refrain from removing snow or ice from individual private property and placing it in the roadway of any street or private road. This makes it difficult to keep roads cleared, and doing so creates dangerous conditions for all motor vehicles. In addition, please do not push snow across a city street.
Snow Plow Safety
- Drive slowly, pass oncoming plows with extreme caution, and never drive into a snow plow’s cloud.
- Snow plows often use wing plows extending off to either side to clear more snow quicker. Never pass a snow plow by driving on the shoulder, and be very careful while passing a plow in the left lane of a multi-lane highway. Give plow blades plenty of room along the center line of the roadway.
- Snow plows frequently stop and back up. If you are driving bumper to bumper, you are probably in the snow plow’s blind spot—an accident just waiting to happen. Give snow plows plenty of room to work in every direction.
- Driving into the cloud that a snow plow kicks up can instantly blind you, creating a total “whiteout.” Be very careful around snow plows.
- Do not allow children to play on or near the street when snow plowing is in progress.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How does the City’s street snow removal program work?
A. Our snow removal program is designed to help keep the City’s roadways as safe and accessible as possible both during and after snowstorms. A snow removal operation will run continuously until the roads are safe for travel. Since safety is the first priority, school zones and main roadways are plowed first. After these areas are cleared, streets are plowed according to main feeder-roads, then side roads and subdivision streets, cul-de-sacs, and then dead-end streets. If the storm is continuous and heavy, the plows will continue to open the main roadways and school zones as necessary, returning to the lower priority streets when possible.
Q. Are sidewalks plowed by the City?
A. Residents are responsible to clear snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their own properties. This should be done as soon as possible after a storm to allow the sunshine to melt the ice from the sidewalk. Leaving snow on sidewalks to freeze during the night makes it more difficult to remove the ice and creates unsafe conditions for pedestrians.
Q. May I park my vehicle on the street during the winter season?
A. Wellsville City code prohibits parking on streets between the hours of 12:00am (modnight) – 8:00am from November 1 to the following April 30. As always, parking of over-sized vehicles such as trailers, busses, recreational vehicles, etc. is strictly prohibited. Parking on the street after a snowstorm makes it difficult for snowplows to clear the streets and causes hazardous driving conditions for other vehicles attempting to maneuver through the deep snow. Vehicles, trailers, or equipment left on the street during snowstorms will be ticketed and/or towed.
Q. The snowplows push snow into my freshly cleared driveway. Isn’t there a better way to clear the streets to show some consideration to City residents?
A. Unfortunately, there isn’t a better way to clear streets. The snow has to go somewhere, and to make our roads safe, that “somewhere” is the side of the road. Snowplow blades are designed to push snow to the side of the road. Homeowners are asked to wait until the street is cleared prior to cleaning out the drive approach, when possible. Just a reminder that it is illegal to throw or push snow into any street. This can make the road more dangerous for cars and snowplows. You are encouraged to move the snow onto your own property.
Q. Which roads are not plowed by the City?
- County roads are plowed by the County.
- Private roads are to be maintained by the individual owner.
- State roads are plowed by UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation).
Q. When do plowing and/or salting commence?
- Snowfall accumulation of two inches or more, or if conditions warrant.
- Accumulation of drifting snow.
- Ice and/or freezing rain that affect road conditions.
Once any of these conditions exist, the goal is to have all main roadways plowed as quickly as possible. Obviously, with a limited city staff not all areas can be cleared at once. Intersection cleanup and the plowing back of snow banks occur as needed. Normally, plow operators will begin plowing at 5:00 a.m. to have the major streets plowed before the morning rush hour. If conditions warrant, plow operators may begin to remove snow before 5:00 a.m. Plowing operations will be suspended when high winds causing whiteout conditions jeopardize the safety of the snow plow operators and/or the public.
Q. What if a snowplow tips over my mailbox?
The city snowplows rarely hit a mailbox directly; most often is is the weight of the snow being thrown from the plow that tips the mailbox over. This is unavoidable, especially with heavy snow. While our drivers make every effort to avoid the mailboxes, the mailbox’s location on city right-of-way put them in harms way. Because the boxes are set-up on the street right-of-way, owners are responsible to replace their own mailboxes if they are knocked down. The City does not pay for replacement of any mailbox.
Q. Where should I put my garbage cans for pick-up on garbage day?
Please do not place your garbage cans on the roadway while waiting for pick-up! Each household should clear an area OFF TO THE SIDE of the pavement where the cans set while waiting for pick-up. Once the garbage truck have been by and emptied the cans, they should be rolled back to your home ASAP. Garbage cans that are left on the street are liable to be hit by the plows. If your can is hit and damaged by the snowplow, you are responsible to pay $80 for a new can.