TREMONTON -- Standards are now in place establishing Tremonton as a child-safe city, and Mayor Roger Fridal has signed a proclamation establishing and promoting child-safe standards within the community.
The standards are to protect children from obscene materials and encourages businesses and schools within the community to adopt similar standards.
Fridal's proclamation has no force of law and was only an expression of his desire to keep pornography out of the community.
"This is exciting," said Bear River Middle School counselor Matt Zollinger.
"If a business wants to come here, the community will have a much better chance to maintain a proper anti-pornography standard than if we did not have those standards already in place."
Garland is also signing a similar standard for their community, he said.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that communities may establish their own local standards for materials considered objectionable. The proclamation is in harmony with Utah's criminal codes in dealing harmful materials to a minor and indecent public displays.
In a recent city council meeting, Zollinger and John Gunther said that 44 other communities in Utah have similar proclamations.
Gunther said at that time that pornography is the new drug.
Zollinger added, "Pornography is as addictive as any drug out there. I am opposed to it, and I will fight it any way I can."