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News Briefs for 29 Nov. 2013

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29 November, 2013 (All day)

County searching for grant writer
The Morgan County Council unanimously approved investigating the establishment of a grant-writing position in the county.
“There has been a variety of situations come up where we needed someone who understands the grant writing process,” Councilman Lyle Nelson said.  Specifically, someone who knows where to find grants.  “We obviously have needs.”
Nelson said the position would not be a full-time one, but paid for by the administrative portion of the grants they actually secure.
“If we get no grants, they get no pay,” he said.
Councilman Robert Kilmer reminded the council that Morgan City is interested in sharing a recreation director/grant writer position between the city and the county.
Nelson said he already has three individuals interested in the opportunity.
County to purse funding bike path
The Morgan County Council has approved exploring funding options in order to construct a biking/walking path on the northeast side of Old Highway Road from Cottonwood Canyon Road to Old Farm Market in Mountain Green.
Councilman Lyle Nelson considered using impact fees to fund it, but Council Chairwoman Tina Kelley suggested “alternative funding” such as Transportation Alternative Programming through the Wasatch Front Regional Council.  Kelley said since the county has never applied for such funds, they may have a good chance of being approved for the grant-like funding.  
County to remain open Dec. 26
While Morgan City employees will enjoy an extended weekend beginning on noon Tuesday, Dec. 24, their county counterparts will be expected to report to a full day of work Thursday, Dec. 26.  Both are the city and county offices are closed on Fridays.
“I don’t want to be the mean person, but I don’t want to make a habit out of shutting down the entire county for a holiday,” said Morgan County Council Chairwoman Tina Kelley.  
While Kelley said she understands the employee’s request not to work the day after Christmas, she said she would leave it up to county department heads whether or not to grant vacation days on Dec. 26.
Cycling event donates to the county
Following a successful second year of Wildflower Pedalfest, a women-only cycling event in Morgan County, organizers are donating “share the road” signs to the county.  The signs will encourage motorists and bicyclists to share the road and will be placed on Highway 66 facing both east and west.
“We felt this was the best location, on a winding road,” said Erika Beckstrom, an organizer of the event and Morgan resident.
Beckstrom said the event, held the third week of August, brought out 1,100 riders and 3,000 “people cheering them on.”
The event offered a cycling expo, road safety classes, nutrition instruction, and free bike inspections.
“We feel it made our event a safer event,” Beckstrom said.