Ordinances needed in protecting historic structures

Aug 5 2010 - 12:35pm

(UNEDITED)Last Friday I found out that the LDS Church was going to tear down a historic cabin in our community. I called the Mayor and all the city Council members and they were receptive in helping keep the cabin. The Mayor said he would let me speak for more than 3 minutes at the beginning of City Council Meeting on Tusday (Aug3, 2010) because of the subject. A lot of calls were made and people contacted. The Mayor was able to have a local general authority contact the LDS church to stop the demolition of the cabin. However, I was apauled to find out that not ONE of the city council or the Mayor cantacted the city offices to learn that the City Office had approved and issued an order to have this building destroyed on Monday, June 2, 2010. The demolition of the building occured just short of the Mayor getting notice that the Church had withdrawn the order to have the building torn down. If Kaysville City HAD NOT ISSUED THE ORDER on June 2, 2010, the bulding would still be here. I think it incumbent on our city council and the mayor to find out what is going on in the city.

Had any one of the five council men or the mayor contacted the city office to find out if any paperwork had been presented to the city, this cabin (a city treasure) would still be here today. I urge all of concerned citizens to contact your Mayor, and city council people to have an ordnance put in place that the public be advised of any permits requested to tear down any of these city treasures. This is a mistake we cannot correct now, but we can prevent future destruction of our heritage.

Margaret Brough



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