Series 23925
Circleville (Utah) Council minutes

Dates: 1921-

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

The Circleville town council consists of a president (mayor) and four board members who exercise the community's legislative and executive powers (Utah Code Unannotated, 1992, 10-3-101). The council is responsible for all aspects of city management, such as appointing city officials and setting their salaries, establishing a budget, maintaining public services and utilities, and regulating activity within the city. Municipal councils are required by law to keep council minutes which summarize all matters proposed, discussed or decided at monthly and special council meetings (Utah Code Unannotated, 1992, 52-4-7). Each set of minutes includes the date and time of the meeting and names those present and absent. The minutes identify any citizens who attended council meetings and provide the substance of their statements. Some Circleville council minutes itemize bills approved for payment. The minutes provide information about the outcome of municipal elections and the appointment of town officials.

Immediately after incorporation, the council set about searching for water sources and gathering information about bonding in order to build a municipal water system. Throughout the years the Circleville culinary water system has required much attention from the town council. Insufficient water and measuring up to State Health Department requirements for water purity have been chronic problems. The council has been responsible for maintaining city streets, installing culverts, building bridges and for maintaining an irrigation system and a cemetery. Circleville installed street lights in the 1930s. The council organized a volunteer fire department in the 1940s and built a fire house and town hall. Until 1993 the council maintained a town dump, which seemed ever in need of attention in order to met Bureau of Land Management requirements. In 1993 Circleville contracted with Garfield County for trash pick up.

The council has made an continued effort over the years to support military service men and to remember Circleville veterans. Annually, the town sponsors July 4th celebrations and Christmas parties. The Circleville council minutes document resource sharing, especially sharing of buildings between the town, the LDS Church, and Piute County School District. In 1967 the town council began renting an old gymnasium for the operation of a sewing factory. While the sewing factory provided employment for some residents, it created an additional responsibility for the council to maintain the building and collect unpaid rent.



Related Records

Ordinances from Circleville (Utah), Series 23926, contain Circleville's original codified ordinances as well as additional ordinances passed by the town council.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

There are no minutes for the year 1966 or for December 1976-February 1977.

Processing Note

Circleville council minutes were microfilmed at Southern Utah University under the direction of Utah State Archives in December 2001 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in February 2002.

Indexing Terms

  • Licenses--Circleville (Utah).
  • Circleville (Utah)--Municipal government.
  • Circleville (Utah)--Budget.
  • Circleville (Utah)--Tax collection.
  • Circleville (Utah)--City planning.
  • Circleville (Utah)--Politics and government.
  • Circleville (Utah)--Appropriations and expenditures.
  • Circleville (Utah)--Officials and employees.

Container List

1 1921 Aug-1962 Sep
2 1962 Oct-2001 Oct

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.