Time capsule, public hearing, ordinances on Jerome agenda

JEROME - The Town Council will seal two time capsules, hold a public hearing on new water rates for vineyards and conduct first readings of three proposed ordinances when it meets in regular session Tuesday night.

The first business item on the meeting agenda calls for the council to oversee the official sealing of two time capsules before they are stored in the Jerome Public Library.

Deputy Clerk Rosemarie Shemaitis organized the time capsule idea in honor of Arizona's Centennial. Two capsules have been prepared. The first will be opened in 10 years; the second in 100 years.

Shemaitis thought current residents would enjoy a 10-year capsule. "In 10 years, the kids right now could still be here when it is opened," she said.

During research of the time capsule project, Shemaitis discovered a time capsule society that will register the town's capsules. "The society will track it and remind whoever is here in 100 years to open it," she said.

Both capsules will be stored in the Jerome Library and registered with the International time Capsule Society.

Following the sealing of the time capsules, the council will open a public hearing regarding establishment of new rate categories for water service and hookup fees for vineyards, as defined in Chapter 16 of the Jerome Town Code.

Three proposed ordinances are on the agenda for first readings.

Ordinance 393 would amend the Town Code by adding article 10-3. That article would "prohibit the possession, use, sale and display of certain federally controlled dangerous substances and their chemical analogues, and declaring an emergency."

The council took up the "bath salts" ordinance during an earlier meeting but decided to hold off while additional information was obtained and certain language would be clarified.

Proposed Ordinance 394 is connected to the public hearing on water rates and hookup fees for vineyards. The public hearing is required before the council can approve the ordinance.

The final first reading on the agenda is for proposed Ordinance 395 for "Miscellaneous Parking Provisions." That ordinance would amend Section 12-1-12 of the Town Code regarding parking of a vehicle for longer than 48 hours in public or municipally owned parking lots.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in chambers in the Jerome Civic Center at 600 Clark St.

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