Series 24261
Orderville (Utah) Council minutes

Dates: 1935-

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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

Like other traditional town councils in Utah, the Orderville council consists of a mayor and four council members who are responsible to exercise the community's legislative and executive powers (Utah Code Unannotated, 1991, 10-3-101). Council meeting minutes summarize the discussion at council meetings and report actions taken by the council or assignments made. Entries for each meeting include the date and place of the meeting and the names of those present. The Orderville town council appoints town officials, levies taxes, licenses local businesses, provides police and fire protection, and promotes community development. It provides or contracts for services and utilities and maintains a culinary water system as well as town roads and bridges.

Early minutes document the construction of the town water works, and an aborted attempt to develop municipal power. For the first three decades, key topics of council discussion were roads, bridges, culverts, washes, ditches, and especially culinary water. The minutes document the challenges of life in a rural community. They document the town council's provisions for police and fire protection and the council's management of the Orderville cemetery. The council has addressed issues relating to solid waste disposal, unrestricted dogs, farm animals in town, and providing a healthy environment for residents. The minutes document a number of community-sponsored activities and events, such as annual July 4th celebrations.

During the last three decades of the twentieth century the Orderville council became more assertive in community planning and development. A zoning ordinance, adopted in 1981, allowed the council to be more involved in monitoring how residents use their property. Orderville annexed the unincorporated town of Mt. Carmel in 1993, and in the late 1990s became more involved in county-wide planning.


Chronological by meeting date.

Related Records

Council minutes from Glendale (Utah), Series 24195, include additional information about coordinated efforts of these two small communities to provide various services for both towns.

Ordinances and resolutions from Orderville (Utah), Series 24265, contain some ordinance and resolutions passed by the Orderville town council.

Water system development files from Orderville (Utah), Series 24266, document the construction and maintenance of Orderville's culinary water system.

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

Frequent small gaps appear throughout the minutes. The largest gaps are September 1978-June 1979 and July 1992-June 1993.

Processing Note

Orderville council minutes were microfilmed in August 2002 as part of Utah State Archives Millennial Project and were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in May 2003.

Indexing Terms

  • Public utilities—Utah—Orderville.
  • Community development—Utah—Orderville.
  • Licenses—Utah—Orderville.
  • Orderville (Utah)—Municipal government.
  • Orderville (Utah)—Budget.
  • Orderville (Utah)—Officials and employees.

Container List

1 1935 Feb-1949 Dec
1 1950 May-1966 Dec
1 1967 Jan-1977 Dec
1 1978 Jan-1990 Dec
1 1991 Jan-1992 Jun
1 1993 Jul-1996 Nov
2 1997 Jan-1999 May
2 1999 Jun-2001 Oct

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.