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AN ACT RELATING TO CITIES, TOWNS, COUNTIES, LOCAL TAXING UNITS, SPECIAL
DISTRICTS, AND PUBLIC FUNDS AND ACCOUNTS; MODIFYING NOTICE
PROVISIONS; AND MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
10-3-711, as last amended by Chapter 9, Laws of Utah 1984
10-7-20, as last amended by Chapter 232, Laws of Utah 1991
10-8-8.4, as enacted by Chapter 14, Laws of Utah 1955
11-30-5, as enacted by Chapter 197, Laws of Utah 1987
17A-3-306, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 186, Laws of Utah 1990
17A-3-407, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 186, Laws of Utah 1990
51-3-3, Utah Code Annotated 1953
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 10-3-711 is amended to read:
10-3-711. Publication and posting of ordinances.
municipality adopting an ordinance, except [
under Section 10-3-706 [
(a) deposit a copy of the ordinance in the office of the municipal recorder; and
(b) (i) publish a short summary of the ordinance [
(A) in a newspaper published within the municipality[
(B) if there is no newspaper published [
in a newspaper of general circulation within the municipality; or
(ii) post a complete [
(A) for a city of the first class, in nine public places within the city; or
(B) for any other municipality, in three public places within the municipality.
(2) (a) Any ordinance, code, or book, other than the state code, relating to building or safety
standards, municipal functions, administration, control, or regulations, may be adopted and shall take
effect without further publication or posting, if reference is made to the code or book and at least
three copies for cities or at least one copy for towns have been filed for use and examination by the
public in the office of the recorder or clerk of the city or town prior to the adoption of the ordinance
by the governing body.
(b) Any state law relating to building or safety standards, municipal functions,
administration, control, or regulations, may be adopted and shall take effect without further
publication or posting if reference is made to the state code.
(c) The ordinance adopting the code or book shall be published in the manner provided in
Section 2. Section 10-7-20 is amended to read:
10-7-20. Definition -- Necessity for contract -- Call for bids -- Acceptance or rejection
-- Retainage escrow.
(1) As used in this section, the term "lowest responsible bidder" means any prime contractor
(a) has bid in compliance with the invitation to bid and within the requirements of the plans
and specifications for a construction project[
(b) is the low bidder[
(c) has furnished a bid bond or equivalent in money as a condition to the award of a prime
contract; and [
(d) furnishes a payment and performance bond as required by law.
(2) (a) Whenever the board of commissioners or city council of any city or the board of
trustees of any town contemplates making any new improvement to be paid for out of the general
funds of the city or town, the governing body shall cause plans and specifications for, and an
estimate of the cost of, the improvement to be made.
(b) If the estimated cost of the improvement is less than $25,000, the city or town may make
the improvement without calling for bids for making the same.
(c) (i) If the estimated cost of the proposed improvement exceeds [
contract let to the lowest responsible bidder after publication of notice at least twice in a newspaper
published or of general circulation [
to the opening of bids. [
(ii) If there is no newspaper [
in the city or town, the notice shall be posted at least five days prior to the opening of bids in at least
five public places in the city or town. [
(d) If the cost of a contemplated improvement exceeds the sum of $25,000, the same shall
not be so divided as to permit the making of such improvement in several parts, except by contract.
(e) (i) The governing body has the right to reject any or all bids presented, and all notices
calling for bids shall so state.
(ii) If all bids are rejected and the governing body decides to make the improvement, it shall
advertise anew in the same manner as before.
(iii) If after twice advertising as [
satisfactory, the governing body may proceed under its own direction to make the improvement.
(3) (a) If any payment on a contract with a private person, firm, or corporation is retained
or withheld, it shall be placed in an interest-bearing account and the interest shall accrue for the
benefit of the contractor and subcontractors to be paid after the project is completed and accepted
by the board of commissioners or city council of the city, or the board of trustees of the town.
(b) It is the responsibility of the contractor to ensure that any interest accrued on the
retainage is distributed by the contractor to subcontractors on a pro rata basis.
(4) (a) Cities and towns are not required to call for bids or let contracts for the conduct or
management of any of the departments, business, or property of the city or town, for lowering or
repairing water mains or sewers, making connections with water mains or sewers, or for grading,
repairing, or maintaining streets, sidewalks, bridges, culverts, or conduits in any city or town.
(b) Work excluded under this Subsection (4) shall comply with Section 27-12-108.1 as
Section 3. Section 10-8-8.4 is amended to read:
10-8-8.4. Notice -- How given.
No street or alley shall be so vacated, unless notice of the pendency of the petition and prayer
thereof, and the date of the hearing thereon, if such petition is filed, or of the intention of the
governing body of the city to vacate, and the date of the hearing on such question if no petition is
filed, be given by publishing in a newspaper published or of general circulation in such city once a
week for four consecutive weeks preceding action on such petition or intention, or, where no
newspaper is published or of general circulation in the city by posting the notice in three public
places therein four consecutive weeks preceding such action, and by mailing such notice to all
owners of record of land abutting the street or alley proposed to be vacated addressed to the mailing
addresses appearing on the rolls of the county assessor of the county wherein said land is located.
Action thereon shall take place within three months after the completion of notice.
Section 4. Section 11-30-5 is amended to read:
11-30-5. Publication of order for hearing.
(1) Prior to the date set for hearing, the clerk of the court shall cause the order to be
published once each week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper published or of general
boundaries or there is no newspaper published or of general circulation within the defined
boundaries, a newspaper reasonably calculated to notify all parties, which has been approved by the
(2) If a refunding bond is being validated, all holders of the bonds to be refunded may be
made defendants to the action, in which case notice may be made, and if so made shall be [
considered sufficient, by mailing a copy of the order to each holder's last-known address.
(3) By publication of the order, all defendants shall have been duly served and shall be
parties to the proceedings.
Section 5. Section 17A-3-306 is amended to read:
17A-3-306. Notice of intention to create district -- Publication -- Mailing.
(1) (a) The notice of intention shall be published in a newspaper published in the
municipality, or if there is no newspaper published in the municipality, then in a newspaper having
general circulation in the municipality[
(b) In a city of the third class or [
of general circulation in the city or town, the governing body may provide that the notice of intention
be given by posting in lieu of publication of this notice.
(2) If the notice is published, it shall be published once during each week for four successive
weeks, the last publication to be at least five days and not more than 20 days prior to the time fixed
in the notice as the last day for filing of protests.
(3) If the notice is posted, it shall be posted in at least three public places in the municipality
at least 20 and not more than 35 days prior to the time fixed in the notice as the last day for the filing
of protests. [
(4) (a) No later than [
be mailed, postage prepaid: [
(i) addressed to each owner of property to be assessed within the special improvement
district at the last-known address of that owner using for this purpose the names and addresses
appearing on the last completed real property assessment rolls of the county in which the property
is located; and [
(ii) addressed to "owner" at the street number of each piece of improved property to be
(b) If a street number has not been [
number, or any other mailing address of the improved property shall be used for the mailing of the
notice under Subsection (4)(a)(ii).
Section 6. Section 17A-3-407 is amended to read:
17A-3-407. Publication or posting of notice.
(1) The notice of intention to establish a district shall be published at least once a week
during three consecutive weeks, the first publication to be not less than 21 days nor more than 35
days before the hearing, in a newspaper [
or municipality proposing the establishment of the district[
(2) (a) If a district is located entirely within [
where there is no newspaper published or of general circulation in the city or town, the governing
authority of that city or town may provide that the notice of intention may be given by posting in lieu
of publication of the notice. [
(b) The notice of intention under Subsection (2)(a) shall be posted by the city recorder, town
clerk, or other officer designated by the governing authority in at least five public places in the city
or town at least 21 days before the hearing.
Section 7. Section 51-3-3 is amended to read:
51-3-3. Publication of costs of public works.
(1) In the case of [
district, or other political [
construction, together with a statement of the estimated cost [
after substantial completion [
of general circulation [
(2) If there is no such newspaper, it shall be posted in at least five public places in such
county, city, town, school district or other political subdivision[
(3) Notwithstanding Subsections (1) and (2), if the statement [
of the official proceedings of the governing body of the county, city, town, school district, or other
political subdivision, [
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