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  • Mona ordinances and resolutions to be studied, clarified and filed for easier access and understanding

By Myrna Trauntvein
Times-News Correspondent

Mona City Council accepted a proposal to make the ordinances of the city more accessible to the council and others.

Everd Squire, city treasurer, said he would take on the job of educating the council so that they knew the ordinances and resolutions and could understand the requirements of each.

"At a time when we are experiencing the kind of growth, which we face at this time, there is a great responsibility on council members to make decisions," said Squire.

He said the decisions made needed to be based upon the best knowledge of the guidelines set down by this and other councils and he thought that council wanted to know what ordinances and resolutions were in effect.

He thought the council could use some help in this regard.

He asked if the majority of council members what ordinances the city already had in place and if they knew where to find it.

"Rick Schnurr and our previous secretary went through the ordinances and organized them," said Bryce Lynn, mayor.

As a result, Schnurr, council member, had worked with them and did know where and how they were filed. However, said Schnurr, he could never find an ordinance about noise.

In addition, he said, Mona had adopted a group of model ordinances a number of years ago. Those ordinances were put together by the League of Cities and Towns and he thought that would be a good place for Squire to start.

The city council needed to know what was in those ordinances and how they affected other ordinances which the city had in place.

"Rick knows more about the ordinances than most," Squire said. "From my perspective, I think the council could use some help but if there is no need, then I will not go further."

However, the other council members said they would all like the help Squire offered and suggested Schnurr work with Squire on the project.

Council member, Doran Kay, said he would think having someone report about the ordinances to the council would be helpful and would keep the council from making errors that occurred because council members did not know about or understand a particular ordinance.

Harry Newell, council member, said he also saw the need for hiring Squire to do the job.

"I do not believe council members have to time to learn everything from scratch each time one begins as a new council member," Squire said. "But with some help, new members can learn, over time, many things that will aid in their role as council members if opportunities are provided."

Squire proposed to undertake the project on an hourly basis by charging the city $10 per hour. The funds will come from the budget category of the community and Economic Development.

Some of the ordinances may have been replaced by newer ones and the older ones, therefore, may need to be rescinded.

"I believe there is a need for periodic training to provide continuity of information over the years from council to council," he said. "I also believe once council members are used to being trained in some manner, they would insist that the training continue and would provide it for themselves."

Squire proposed studying all available ordinances and resolutions, filing them in one place which would be well marked and easy to find, and would make a simple list of all the ordinances and resolutions.

He would identify where more than one ordinance exists for any particular area and present it to the council for a decision on what needs to be done&emdash;in some cases the older ordinance might be better--but only one of the ordinances would be kept.

He would also summarize and outline important requirements and significant language contained in each ordinance for quick reference and for training.

"I would give help in scheduling and providing information for training sessions in a variety of areas as needed or requested by the council," he said. "I believe these session should be held at least quarterly and perhaps monthly to begin with, and take 20 to 30 minutes, maximum."

He said the decision, of course, was up to the council.