Member Kilmer reported that the recreation board is working with City Council member Ray Little to install safety netting at the ball parks.
Tracy Kummer shared that the county has been full of love and compassion. She reported that the food bank has received many food and cash donations. They received $1,000 from Family Connections in addition to donations from individuals in the county. There was significant support for Sub for Santa. There was approximately $1,400 donated to Sub for Santa. The Ridley’s program has generated more than 2,000 pounds of food that has benefited those in need in the county. The Ridley’s program began in November. The food bank helps approximately forty families per month. Barber Brothers and the two elementary schools have also done food drives that have provided resources for the food pantry to provide assistance.
Ned Mecham said that John Toone contacted him and expressed concern that there is little dirt on the shoulder of the road by the bridge near Holcim. He suggested that the county should put concrete barriers to keep individuals from sliding into the river. Lars Birkland also contacted Member Mecham about setting up a day care business near the airport. That area of the county is not zoned for a day care. Mecham was advised to have the Birklands apply for a text amendment to the zoning to allow this use.
Council Chair Kelley indicated that there is need for a soccer field if any property owner in the county is interested in donating property.
Selection of Chair and Vice Chair
See Kelley re-elected for second term on this page
2011 Portfolio Assignments
The council portfolio assignments for 2012 will be as follows:
Airport – Member Mathews
Chamber of Commerce – Members Kippen and Nelson
Children’s Justice Center – Attorney Farris
COG and Grants – Member Kilmer, Member Mecham and Council Chair Kelly
Community Services/Human Services – Members Hansen and Mathews
East Canyon Water Quality and Board – Members Kippen and Mecham
Economic Development – Member Nelson
Extension Services – Member Mecham
Fair Board and Fair Grounds –Members Kilmer and Kippen
Family Connections – Council Chair Kelley
Historical Society – Council Chair Kelley
Insurance and Personnel – Council Chair Kelley
Library – Member Hansen
Morgan Empowered – Member Nelson
Parks and Grounds– Members Kippen and Nelson
Physical Facilities – Member Kilmer and Mecham
Planning and Development Services – Council Chair Kelley and Member Mecham
Public Safety – Member Hansen
Public Works – Members Mecham and Mathews
Purchasing – Member Mathews
Recreation – Members Kilmer and Hansen
Solid Waste – Member Mecham
Transit Services – Member Nelson
TV Cable – Member Kippen
Wasatch Front Regional Council – Council Chair Kelley and Member Mathews
Weber Morgan Health – Council Chair Kelley
Workforce Services – Member Nelson
Jann Farris – TowerCo First Right of Approval
This was approved unanimously
Judge Hassell – Constable Position in the County
There has been a constable in the county since 1982. The constable position serves warrants in the county. The performance of current the constable has been an issue and the individual’s employment was terminated. The Sheriff added this duty as a part of his office. The new part-time individual could also serve as a deputy in the Sheriff’s office should this be needed.
Airport Advisory Board – Review RFQ Applicants
The airport advisory board presented a review of the status of the purchase of leases at the airport, the payment by tenants of lease payments, and reimbursement for infrastructure costs. The airport advisory board is requesting a ramp to be constructed at the airport with state funds paying for approximately ninety percent of the cost.
The council approved the RFQ and accepted Horrocks Engineering as the firm. The engineering firm cannot proceed with work without authorization from the council.
Robert Kilmer – Replacement of County Planning Director
The council did minor modifications to the job description for the planning and zoning director that had been recently advertised.
Blomquist/Hale – Employee Assistance Program
Blomquist Hale provides services to 27,000 state employees including the Morgan School District. Employee Assistance Programs provide counseling for employees with life problems. Twenty percent of employees at any given time are likely to be involved in a life event reported Blomquist. Relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and financial problems are all life events for which employees can get help through the employee assistance program. The cost is $3.90 per employee per month. This allows a no session limit to meet with a life counselor to obtain help with their problems. The program covers the employee and their families. The council agreed to review whether to add this benefit for employees at a later council meeting.