The comments came during a discussion on a proposed amendment to the city's Unified Development Code that aims to give the city more authority to inspect infrastructure on privately-owned subdivision developments. Although Council was scheduled to decide whether to adopt the amendment, they tabled the decision for two weeks to discuss changes to the amendment.
Ken Coleman, a resident of the Country Club development, is not convinced that the city needs the amendment at all.
The city of Farmington has always had the authority to inspect infrastructure in privately-owned subdivisions, he said, citing section 1.2 of the Unified Development Code. It states that the code applies to all development, public and private, within the city.
"I would really like to see where it says the city has no authority," he said.
Coleman had requested a city review of drainage and flooding issues in his neighborhood.
"We've gone for two years and no one has ever gone and looked at it," he said.
Mayor Tommy Roberts said he has seen the conditions at the subdivision and offered to examine the situation a second time.
"We're sincere in that offer," Roberts said. "We have no motive to see that you're damaged or harmed in any way."
The city considered inspecting
The proposed code amendment calls for a professional engineer to submit a report certifying that infrastructure was installed correctly.
The existing provision under the city code states that the city may require infrastructure inspection and testing. The amendment adds a clause specifying that all infrastructure in private developments is subject to inspection.
After the discussion, the Councilors, Mayor, city staff and members of the public in attendance seemed to agree on one issue: the city has a duty to protect its citizens.
"You need to protect the public," Martin said.