By Myrna Trauntvein
An agreement between Juab County and the Department of
Wildlife Resources will make it easier to enforce the law at
Burraston Ponds, a fishing and recreation site located
between Nephi and Mona just off of Old U.S. Highway 91."DWR
owns the facility," said Juab County Sheriff Alden Orme.
The county commission, officials from DWR and the
Sheriff sat down together to discuss the situation which was
worsening at the recreation site. From that meeting, several
items were agreed to by the group of officials.
"There were many wild parties at Burraston's each
weekend," said Orme. "We had two rapes there this year."
As a result of the work session, said Orme, the group
came up with several ideas that would make it easier for law
enforcement to shut-down the problem-making activities so
that families could once again enjoy the facilities.
"DWR will sign quiet hours," said Orme. "The county
deputies can now enforce that time so that wild parties
cannot disrupt the nighttime hours at Burraston's."
Leash laws on dogs will be posted and enforced, as
In addition, there will be a 72-hour stay limit set.
If any group, such as a family reunion or scout camp, needs
a longer stay they will need to make those arrangements in
advance. The sheriff's department, after DWR is contacted,
will then allow the use.
Those who want to use the facility for a longer period
of time need to contact the DWR office in Springville to
"The other thing we all agreed on," said Orme, "is
that no alcohol possession nor consumption can occur on the
Since DWR owns the facilities, they are the
organization which has the legal right to make rules and
regulations concerning the ways in which the area is
"They will put up signs and we (the sheriff's
department) will enforce those regulations," he said.
Disobeying the restrictions imposed by DWR at the site
can result in a fine. Infractions will be considered as
Class C misdemeanors.
"We want to see if we can make Burraston's Ponds a
nice place for families and for Scouts to use for their
camps," said Orme.
"Right now, it is a dangerous place on the weekends."