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Sunset City Corporation June 2008

Mayor’s Message

It’s time for the newsletter once again and a lot of things have happened since the last newsletter. The walking

track at the John G. White North Park is now open and being used. It runs just 25 feet over a quarter of a mile. The City is

currently getting ready to make improvements to Main Street so keep your eyes open for the improvements. We will continue with zeroscape on the east side of Main Street. At South Park, we’re looking at the feasibility of making it a place where you can walk your dog in the evening hours.

Sunset is now coming into the new budget year and even with the additional expenses of the costs of operation we were able to come under budget with the money we have currently coming into the City.

We are trying to get some feed back from residents about spring and fall clean-up. We’re looking at the possibility of another option. If we provide a dumpster at the public works building for you to dump your trash in it will cost less. One benefit is you will be able to use it all summer long and bring your tree limbs to be dumped as well without having to bundle them. Sunset currently is the only City that still does curbside pickup and costs around $15,000 for both Spring and Fall. We also have a problem with individuals from outside our City just dumping off their garbage for us to take. If Sunset was to go to the dumpster program that would be eliminated because you would be required to show proof that you are a Sunset resident before using our facility. This will all result in more access to get rid of your garbage at less of a cost.

Sunset is still working hard with the managers of the West Side Development of Hill Air Force Base. It is looking very good for Sunset City and its residents. This development will bring in much needed revenue and help us make major improvements in the City.

We are also starting our neighborhood block barbeques in which the Mayor and Council will be attending. These block parties are for emergency preparedness and to get to know your neighbors in case there happens to be an emergency situation. Please make time for this BBQ when it comes to your neighborhood. It could be the introduction that saves your life or the life of your neighbor.

As Mayor of the Sunset City, along with the City Council and City employees, we continue to work hard for the residents of this community.

From the Fire Department Every spring there are questions about burning trash or other items and about purchasing fire pits to use. Below is the Sunset City Code regarding open burning. I hope it answers any questions you may have, but if not please feel free to call 825-1629.

OPEN BURNING: Any burning of combustible materials where the products of combustion are emitted into open air without passing through a chimney or stack.

4-6-4: GENERAL REGULATIONS: No person shall burn any trash, garbage or other wastes, nor shall any person

conduct any salvage operation in any open fire, except as provided below:

A. Permissible Burning Without a Permit: When not prohibited by other laws or by other officials having jurisdiction and provided that a nuisance is not created, the following types of open burning are permissible without the necessity of securing a permit: 1) In devices for the primary purpose of preparing food such as outdoor grills and fireplaces; and 2) indoor fireplaces.

Strokes are a race against time and, after three hours, time wins.

It used to be that if you had a stroke, there wasn’t much anyone could do about it. But that’s no longer true. New, revolutionary treatments may prevent death or disability. For example, TPA (tissue plasminogen activator) acts as a clot buster for certain kinds of strokes. But to be effective, it must be given no more than three hours after the stroke happens.

That means it’s important to know the signs of stroke inside and out. And when you or someone you know experiences even one sign, call 911 immediately.

Stroke Signs – Follow them straight to 911 The difference between a nearly full recovery and permanent disability can depend upon how fast someone responds to the signs of stroke. Following are the signs of stroke – know them well: 1) numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; 2) confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; 3) trouble seeing in one or both eyes; 4) trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and/or 5) sudden and severe headache.

For more information, visit www.hearthighway.org or call 1-866-88-stroke.

From the Police Department Watch for our upcoming DARE Auction during Fun Days. All money raised will be donated to the Police Department DARE program for all three of our elementary schools. If you would like to make a donation of a new or slightly used item for this auction, please contact the Police Department at 825-1620.

Now that spring is here we will be enforcing the weed and junk ordinance. Please look around your home and property and keep them clean. This will be a benefit to all residents and help keep the property values up. If you have received a warning in the past, you might not receive another warning before being cited. Vehicles that have not been registered for more than thirty days or are dismantled or abandoned are included in this ordinance. Fines for violating this ordinance can range from $0.00 to $1,000.00.

Even though Sunset is a small City and has Police Officers on duty twenty-four hours a day, we can’t be everywhere at one time. This means we need your help. We need all citizens to watch what goes on in their neighborhoods and to call when they see suspicious things happening. Please call at the time it is happening because it is easier for us to deal with a problem at the time it is happening than it is a day later. Remember, what you may think is nothing might be the key to us solving a crime.

Paper Recycling Sunset City has contracted with GreenFiber for paper recycling. The following items can go into the bins: newspaper, magazines, catalogues, junk mail, phonebooks, paperback and hardbound books, paper bags and brown Kraft paper, cereal boxes, flattened cardboard boxes, white and colored office paper and poster paper. The bins are located in the City Building east parking lot, the Fire Department upper parking lot and the Public Works Office Trailer parking lot.

Public Works Items Sidewalk Project – Sunset City received a federal grant of $150,000 to install accessible corner ramps at roadway intersections. The project will be throughout town at various locations and is scheduled to begin in July. For more information concerning this project, contact the Public Works Department at 614-0014.

Spring & Fall Clean-Ups – Sunset City conducts a curbside pickup twice a year that enables residents to dispose of items not normally put out for weekly refuse collection. Due to some of the problems that are associated with this method, other options are being considered as to what might be more effective in maintaining this service at more reasonable costs and controls. One idea is to have a large dumpster located at the City Shop area from March to November and let residents bring items to dispose by appointment similar to how tree branches are currently being accepted. All ideas and options are being considered and residents will be notified of any final decision or change to the current system of Spring and Fall Clean-ups.

Tree Limb Disposal – Sunset City residents have the option of disposing tree limbs at the City Shop area for shredding.

The gates will be closed at all times so residents wanting to dispose of limbs must call the City Office (825-1628) or the Public Works Office (614-0014) and arrange to have someone meet them at the City Shop area to open the gate.

Available times are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. We will accept tree limbs only. Yard waste, grass clippings, etc. will not be accepted. Proof of residence will be required.

Recreation Activities Tennis Lessons: Registration deadline is July 3, 2008. Lessons begin Monday, July 7 for morning and/or evening classes. Location: 250 W. 975 S. (South Park behind Doxey Elementary). Cost is $10.00. Age groups: 4-9, 10-12, 12 & up (adult classes). Rackets will be provided. There will be only 10 students per class. Depending upon the number of registrants, another class may be held on Friday mornings.

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Davis County Head Start The Davis County Head Start Program is now accepting registration for the 2008-2009 school year. This is a free program for families who are income eligible. There are several programs that families may qualify for. All programs include services for children with special needs. Please call the Family Enrichment Center at 402-0650 to schedule your appointment.

Water Quality Report for SUNSET CITY 6-08 We’re pleased to provide you with this year’s Annual Water Quality Report. We want to keep you informed about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is and always has been, to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. The water we drink in Sunset is purchased from the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District. A second source for water is a deep well located at 85 West 1800 North. This well is used as a backup source and is tested annually.

Sunset City has a Drinking Water Source Protection Plan that is available for review to our customers at our city offices. It provides more information such as potential sources of contamination and our source protection areas.

We’re pleased to report that our water is safe and meets federal and state requirements. If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact the Sunset City Public Works office at 614-0014. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you would like to attend any of our regularly scheduled City st rd Council meetings, they are held on every 1 and 3 Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at the Sunset City offices, 200 West 1300 North, Sunset, Utah.

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In the following tables you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better

understand these terms, we’ve provided the following definitions:

Non-Detects (ND) – laboratory analysis indicates that the contaminant is not present.

Detected Contaminant – Any contaminant detected at or above its minimum limit (MDL).

Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) – one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years, or a single penny in $10,000.

Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (ug/l) – one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.

Parts per trillion (ppt) or nanograms per liter ( nanograms/l) – one part per trillion corresponds to one minute in 2,000,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000,000.

Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) – picocuries per liter is a measure of radioactivity in water.

Minimum Detection Limit – The lowest level at which a particular contaminant is detected with a specific degree of certainty.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The “ Maximum Allowed” (MCL) is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

Maximum Contaminate Level Goal (MCLG) – The “goal” (MCLG) is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Not Applicable (NA) – there is no Federal or State MCL and or MCLG.

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) – nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

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The State of Utah requires monitoring for sodium even though no MCL has been established The MCLs for sulfate are established by the State of Utah.

The MCLs for total dissolved solids are established by the State of Utah Values in the “Range” columns are actual concentrations measured in ppb and reflect the range of detected levels.

This value represents the highest running annual average for 2007.

Microbiological Contaminants Level Detected MCL MCLG Source

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Results of cryptosporidium monitoring Cryptosporidium and giardia are microbial pathogens found in surface water throughout the U.S. Although filtration removes cryptosporidium and giardia, the most commonly-used filtration methods cannot guarantee 100 percent removal.

Monitoring conducted by the District during 2002 indicates the presence of cryptosporidium and giardia in our source water. Current test methods do not allow us to determine if the organisms are dead or if they are capable of causing disease. Ingestion of cryptosporidium may cause cryptosporidiosis, an abdominal infection. Symptoms of infection include nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Most healthy individuals can overcome the disease within a few weeks.

However, immuno-compromised individuals are at greater risk of developing life-threatening illness. We encourage immuno-compromised individuals to consult their doctor regarding appropriate precautions to take to avoid infection.

Cryptosporidium must be ingested to cause disease, and it may spread through means other than drinking water.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Centers for Disease Control (CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infections by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline: 1-800-426-4791.

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