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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Not enough candidates have filed to run for office in Henefer to fill two Town Council seats on the Nov. 6 ballot.

"Unless something happens last minute, which is usually the way Henefer politics happens," Henefer Mayor Randy Ovard said.

Incumbent Town Councilman Bruce Rowser is campaigning for another term. Town Councilman Doug Paskett is retiring when his term expires in 2007, Ovard said.

Paskett is recovering from a stroke he suffered this year.

"That slot is sitting open with absolutely no one showing interest right now," the mayor said.

Someone would likely be appointed to serve on the four-person panel if a write-in candidate doesn’t emerge, he said.

"The Town Council would probably have to appoint someone," Ovard said. "If you had a write-in candidate that got two votes, he could have the seat. If they wake up the day after the election and 50 people got together and wrote in the same name, they would be elected."

To file as a write-in candidate in Francis, contact Town Clerk Earleen Paskett at 336-5365.

Big subdivision in Francis

The Planning Commission deadlocked on the issue and the Francis Town Council is wrestling with whether to allow almost 100 homes to be built on fewer than 50 acres near the intersection of State Roads 32 and 35.

The plans submitted to the town by the developers of so-called Runaway Estates either contemplates 98 lots on 47 acres or 95 lots on 45 acres.

"The code is intended to allow no more than two lots per acre," Francis planner Alison Weyher told members of the Town Council, adding that suggestions from the builder would not comply with zoning restrictions in Francis.

The subdivision request comes around the time the Francis Town Council voted to lift a six-month building moratorium. The chief concern of council members was what impact the new subdivision would have on infrastructure like roads and ditches.

The builder hasn’t agreed with irrigators in the town about how storm water in the new neighborhood should be managed.

"If they don’t let any development come in and use the ditches, then development is on a standstill until someone comes up with some kind of a major storm-drain system," Runaway Estates developer Bruce Dickamore said. "We want to work with the ditch company."

Still, the developer hasn’t explained how he would prevent storm water from running into irrigation canals, Francis Town Councilman John Keyes said.

"You’ve got a safety factor as far as putting contaminants into the water that you are going to take downstream and eventually into the Provo River," Keyes said in a meeting in Francis.

The Town Council voted to delay a decision on the matter.


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