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August 29, 2016
I appreciate Mr Pitt's description of the process that the City Council went through but there seems to be a logical gap with no explanation. I can see why they considered whether the Stoker School could serve as a new City Hall but they saw that wasn't a viable option - what compelled them to look at building a new City Hall there instead. Where was their consideration of other redevelopment options that didn't include building a new City Hall?
State Department still wants to review FBI’s notes on Clinton
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WASHINGTON (AP)--The State Department wants a chance to review notes and other materials from the FBI's probe of former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s email use before any documents are provided to Congress, a spokeswoman said Monday.

House Republicans are pressing the FBI to release notes from its agents’ July interview with the Democratic presidential nominee. FBI Director James Comey subsequently criticized Clinton’s use of a homebrew email server to handle sensitive work-related emails as “extremely careless,” but said his agency’s yearlong investigation found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Furious the FBI didn’t press charges against their political rival, Republicans now are demanding that the Justice Department open a new investigation into whether Clinton lied during testimony last year before the House Benghazi panel. They claim the FBI notes, which are typically kept confidential after an investigation is closed, may show Clinton provided inconsistent answers to questions about her handling of emails containing classified information. House Republicans made a similar request last month. They also sought, unsuccessfully, to deny classified intelligence briefings to Clinton during the campaign.

Congressional aides told The Associated Press that they expect to receive the FBI’s notes from Clinton’s interview “at some point.” They spoke under condition of anonymity because they had not been authorized to publicly discuss the issue.

State spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said her department has asked the FBI to keep it apprised of any documents provided to Congress that contain sensitive information.

“The State Department respects the FBI’s desire to accommodate the request of its committees of oversight in Congress, just as we do with our oversight committees,” Trudeau said. ``We have cooperated and we will continue to cooperate with the FBI every step of the way.''

Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., sent a letter to the Justice Department on Monday outlining what they see as a case for charging Clinton with perjury over her sworn testimony before the Benghazi panel last October.

Though the Republicans failed to find evidence to support their claims that Clinton was negligent in preventing or stopping the deadly 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, they are now focusing on questions surrounding the Democratic nominee's haphazard handling of emails containing government secrets. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, currently lagging in opinion polls, also routinely attacks Clinton over her email use.

Democrats, meanwhile, accuse congressional Republicans of spending millions in taxpayer money on what they argue is a political witch hunt.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, warned that providing the FBI's confidential notes to the Republicans will discourage witnesses from cooperating with future investigations.

"The history of the partisan Benghazi investigation made it clear that any information that can be leaked by the majority to the prejudice of Secretary Clinton, will be leaked,'' Schiff said.

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Course supports families whose loved ones have mental illnesses
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KAYSVILLE—Free classes for family members who are supporting a loved one with a brain disorder or mental illness, begin Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Kaysville Recreation and Community Center, 85 N. 100 East.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Davis County offers a 12-week course structured to help family members “understand and support their mentally ill loved one,” and at the same time maintain “their own well-being.”

A team of trained volunteer family members with experience will teach the course, according to a press release. It is designed to “help parents, spouses, siblings, friends and significant others deal with the issues of living with a loved one who has been diagnosed with mental illnesses,” the release stated.

Registration is required and can be made by contacting Sandy Ronning at

“Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning,” according to NAMI. “They cannot be overcome through ‘will power’ and are not related to a person’s ‘character’ or intelligence.”

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Kaysville council member must reimburse city
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DURING A MEETING Aug. 4, Dave Adams, a member of the Kaysville City Council, apologizes for the controversy that has arisen over his use of a city credit card as Susan Lee of the council looks on.
DURING A MEETING Aug. 4, Dave Adams, a member of the Kaysville City Council, apologizes for the controversy that has arisen over his use of a city credit card as Susan Lee of the council looks on.

KAYSVILLE—Dave Adams, a member of the Kaysville City Council, will have to pay back the money he spent on his fire truck and other supplies for the city’s water parade, an amount approaching $6,000. 

But he may have help.

Adams’ use of a city credit card to repair his truck and audio equipment, and purchase a fireworks starter and sound system equipment, was the subject of a review by the Utah State Auditor’s office.

That review resulted in five recommendations to the city, which were discussed during three hours of a five-hour meeting on Aug. 18.

Even before the council’s discussion, a number of Kaysville residents spoke during the public comment period, alternately praising Adams and the water parade, or criticizing his use of public funds.

“Dave acted in good faith,” said Jeff Larson, who said he was a friend. “It’s my understanding nothing was malicious.”

Greg Richardson shared an alternate view, calling the expenditures “misappropriation of funds.”

If an employee used company money for personal needs, he said, he “would be terminated and prosecuted.” 

Four of the state auditor’s recommendations were accepted by the council in unanimous votes by the four councilmen in attendance: Adams, Chris Snell, Larry Page and Jake Garn. Susan Lee, also a council member, was out of town.

The recommendations included establishing better protocol for parade participants, changing the procurement policy to make clear which purchases should be subject to review, clarifying how city council members could use funds, and ensuring adequate controls on city credit cards or purchase cards.

It was the fifth item that was the most sensitive, as it recommended the city seek reimbursement of the $5,879 spent by Adams.

In comments throughout the evening, Mayor Steve Hiatt and other council members repeatedly emphasized they didn’t consider Adams’ use of the credit card malicious, but rather miscommunication and his being new to the system.

“We’re both green and we’re learning,” said Page, who, along with Adams, was elected last November.

In his defense, Adams criticized other purchases made by the city for the parade, explained the technicalities of the repair work and why they were necessary and emphasized the importance of the parade to the community. He defended his use of an election sign as necessary to cover a cartoon picture of a child relieving himself, and challenged fellow council members for not doing anything before it was too late. 

The most dramatic moment of the evening came toward midnight when Vance Garfield, parks and recreation supervisor, stood to speak.

Garfield had been honored earlier in the evening for his leadership of the department and his work there over 33 years. He is retiring this week, and Hiatt presented him a plaque and thanked him for “faithfully, wonderfully and diligently” carrying out his responsibilities.

Adams repeatedly referenced Garfield’s involvement when he apologized at a meeting two weeks earlier and throughout the Aug. 18 discussion.

As parks and recreation director, Garfield had given the credit card to Adams when he requested it, authorizing a $2,500 expenditure, and then agreeing to it when he was told it would be more like $4,000 to $6,000.

“I’m at fault and I can see that,” Garfield told the council. “I had tunnel vision. I wanted that water parade for the community this year … So I am complicit with him. That’s the way I look at it … Whatever decision is rendered financially to Dave, I have to bear that too.”

When Garfield sat down, those in the audience applauded him and the position he took, then someone yelled out, “shame on this council,” and others echoed, “shame,” and “amen” before the room was called to order.

In the end, council members voted 3-to-1, with Adams the vote in opposition, to require the funds either be repaid or the items purchased returned or given to the city for use.

“The vast, vast majority of people that came forward and talked to me are not happy,” said Page. “It’s not the intent, it’s using public money to improve personal property – that’s what I kept hearing from everyone who came forward. That’s what they were upset about.”

“I cannot vote any other way than to make that right,” he said. “It has to be paid back, just like the auditor said.”

Page said city leaders will do better in the future.

“This isn’t a bad thing because in a lot of ways we’re going to correct those things and do better in the future,” he said, “but I can’t hold myself to the point of saying that I’m going to take taxpayer money to improve individual property … Our image has to be so clean and above board on everything that we do because we really are under a microscope and people are looking at us and we are expected to be an example to the rest of the people. No matter what, it has to be that way.”

Since the meeting, a fund titled “Friends of the 2016 Water Parade” has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank, according to information from community members. Donations will be accepted in cash or checks or credit cards at banks throughout the state, and when the fund reaches $6,000, it will be turned over to the Kaysville city manager, Shayne Scott.

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West Point home damaged by fire in early morning blaze
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WEST POINT—Crews from North Davis Fire District, Clinton, Sunset and Syracuse Fire Departments were called to a structure fire at 885 North 3200 West in West Point about 7 a.m. Monday morning.

When they arrived they could see smoke coming from the roof of the home and within moments the fire was venting through the roof, authorities said.

Crews were able to put the fire out quickly but the smoke and fire caused an estimated $50,000 to $60,000 in damage. No one was home at the time and there were no reports of injuries. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway.

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