Washington City Council regulates storage units and bans construction workers from singing before 6 a.m. – St George News
A construction worker walks along the top of an apartment complex under construction in Washington City, Utah on February 18, 2020 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
ST. GEORGE- The Washington City Council on Wednesday covered a variety of issues ranging from banning future storage unit projects to industrial zones and regulating loud and disruptive noise from construction sites to signing a construction agreement. 25 years for electricity from a solar power station project.
More storage units in commercial areas
“We have a limit of good commercial space in our area,” City Manager Jeremy Redd said at the council meeting. “We’ve seen good commercial space taken up by storage units.”
The ordinance passed by city council on Wednesday relegates future storage unit projects to industrially zoned areas. One reason given by Redd for this is that storage facilities do not provide the same economic benefit to the city as commercial enterprises. City officials would rather see a business that creates a consistent amount of sales tax revenue in a prime business location than the alternative.
“The biggest issue is revenue,” Redd said.
However, storage units may still be able to enter under special circumstances, such as when they are part of a planned unit development, or PUD, which allows the city to control to a large extent how a development can be built and look like.
The order only affects future storage unit projects and not those already in operation or under construction.
No construction workers singing before 6am
The council also passed an ordinance regulating the amount of noise created by construction and development activities.
“Construction noise regulation has been discussed by the city for years,” according to City Attorney Thad Seegmiller’s board briefing. “Recent citizen complaints and the police department’s response have sparked a new discussion among staff.”
According to the new ordinance, anyone is prohibited from engaging in construction-related activities between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. that may “disturb the peace or quiet of any neighborhood by making, continuing, or causing make or continue, any loud noise”. , unnecessary or unusual noise, or any noise that annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, rest, health, peace or safety of others within the city limits.
This includes noise attributed to the arrival of workers on site. This also covers loud conversations, laughter, singing from workers, as well as loud music.
“Can I tell you my favorite part of this prescription? I like the part where we prohibit construction workers from singing before 6 a.m.,” City Councilman Bret Henderson joked. “I’ve heard a lot of construction workers sing in my day, and it’s tough.”
However, under the new ordinance, concrete pouring can be done between 3 and 6 a.m. from April to October.
Other exemptions may be granted in cases of emergency or if compliance with the order causes “extreme hardship” in some way.
Violations of the ordinance may result in a Class B misdemeanor and associated fines.
As part of a goal of finding new sources of power for city residents at a decent price, the Washington City Council approved a 25-year deal through Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, or UAMPS.
The contract with UAMPS provides the city with 5,747 kilowatts at a fixed rate of $31.35 per megawatt-hour for the next 25 years. The electricity comes from the Solar Steel 1B project located near Plymouth, Utah.
“It will provide a lower cost (for electricity) when generation is available,” Rick Hansen, the city’s chief electrical officer, told the city council. “The need for this resource is definitely there.”
The solar power plant is expected to be commissioned by June 2023.
In other matters, the City Council honored the City of Washington’s first responders with a proclamation similar to one recently passed by the Washington County Commission last week.
During the council business meeting – held before the regular meeting at 6 p.m. – the council also discussed the potential renaming of 3650 South with a name that would extend to 1450 South in St. George, giving this road segment a single global name.
While the city council liked the name of the proposed “George Washington Boulevard,” Washington City Mayor Kress Staheli said it has yet to be discussed and decided upon by the St. George.
The Council also discussed participating in the development of a bill proposed by Senator Mike Lee that would allow municipalities to purchase federal lands for the purpose of building affordable housing. Federal public lands with special designations, such as protected wilderness or national monuments, would not be accessible under the bill.
The bill is still in preliminary stages and has not been presented to Congress.
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