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Helper approves new property line policies for residents

New possibilities for Helper home owner

Helper city has gone forth and approved a zero lot line policy that has been through a series of discussions this summer. The policy which now enables Helper residents to build up to the extreme edge of their properties will come into place pending a refinement of Ordinance No. 2009-4.

Initiative for the project came from Helper citizens who wished to add on their homes, but because of scarce space, they haven't been able to do so legally. However now that the ordinance is in place, Helper property owners can build structures as close to their property lines as they wish, once they have approval of the city's commission. This issue has been a problem in the past because people have illegally built on to their homes which creates numerous problems for the city including lost tax revenues.

The ordinance is also intended to better organize additions to properties stating that structures built producing runoff onto neighbors properties need an easement signed by that neighbor. As requested by Mayor Mike Dalpiaz, the ordinance will be approved once it has been: "cleared up."

Helper city part-time employees might see some new benefits in the near future since the council is considering extending part-time benefits to seasonal employees. Details are still in need of specifics, but it appears that most of the council is in favor of such program. The intent of the extended benefits is to help employees who fall on tough times.

"It's in our best interest to examine (benefits) on a case by case basis," said Councilman Dean Armstrong during the meeting. The item was moved to the city's next agenda for further discussion.

Mr. Dalpiaz also informed the council on a couple issues, mainly to, "get ready," as Helper's tax revenues have dropped about $50,000 over the last year and concerning space at the city cemetery he brought up the idea of stacking caskets to save some space, however, both of these items will likely be reviewed at a later date.

To conclude the council thanked Helper Arts festival volunteers and had a short review of other city undertakings.

The new addition to the Helper Museum is: "going up quick," according to Councilman Kirk Mascaro. With the Helper Lights Parade reaching its 20th anniversary, the council hopes it can attract some new floats to the event.

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