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News Briefs for 1 Mar. 2013

Article Date: 
1 March, 2013 (All day)

Resident asks for ice rink in Mountain Green park
Mountain Green may be home to a community ice rink next winter.
Lydia Nuttall approached the Morgan County Council with an idea to turn the pavilion at Ken Smith Park into a skating rink in the winter months.  She said local residents are willing to pick up the costs, and she has contacted individuals experienced in installing portable ice rinks.
The rink would be used on a first-come, first-served basis for children.  Since the pavilion is only 30 foot by 50 foot, its size would inhibit adult use.
Morgan County Facilities Director Mike said if a liner was used on the bottom, the ice would not damage county facilities.  However, he did ask the council to determine what liability they were willing to accept for the ice rink.
Nuttall encouraged the use of helmets at the ice rink, and asked the county for access to turn on park lighting.
The council would like time to look at the issues other communities have had related to portable ice skating rinks, Council Chairwoman Tina Kelley said.
County discusses land swap with UDOT
Utah Department of Transportation officials have approached Morgan County with hopes to purchase two parcels of county-owned land.
UDOT plans to construct a new maintenance station within Morgan City limits to service the state roadways in the county.  In order to gain access to the new station, UDOT needs land for an access road. The two pieces of county-owned property total 1.52 acres.  Currently, the county stores its sander racks and other miscellaneous public works department equipment on the property.  
UDOT’s current facility is “nearing the end of its useful life,” said UDOT representative Kris Peterson.  “We can’t get our trucks in to protect them and allow them to thaw after major storms.”
Peterson said a preliminary appraisal values the county land at $2 a square foot, or between $117,000 and $140,000 for the whole 1.52 acres.
County Councilman Ned Mecham said the county may be interested in swapping their 1.52 acres for some of UDOT’s property where the old facility is.  Peterson said the value of that property is $560,000 based on current appraisal and usability of the sloped land.
If UDOT cannot buy the county land for its access road, they will be forced to approach another land owner for access.  UDOT would like to acquire the land before June 1, 2013, in order to begin construction on its new facility in fall of 2014.
UDOT officials will continue to work with Morgan County Councilman Robert Kilmer, Mecham and Mike Waite, county facilities director to continue negotiations.  The council will have the final say on any purchase or swap of land.