Consultant Matthew Godfrey with Better City said Morgan County’s economic development future could lie in courting the shooting sports industry. The move would accompany an overall recreation push for the county’s future.
The Morgan County Council has made moves to have the Utah State Second District Court take over funding and administration of its Morgan County location. Now, the county will not have to pay for an employee to function as the Second District Court clerk in the county clerk’s office.
Due to an uptick in development activity, the Morgan County Council approved a full-time secretary position through the end of the year for the planning development department. Previously, the position was only part-time, and the other four employees in the office had to cover the front desk during the latter part of the business day.
Since annual biking and running events such as Ragnar and the Tour de Utah are creating a huge impact on Morgan County residents, some Morgan County Council members are asking for more control of the mass gatherings.
Morgan County’s capital plans from years ago were so far-reaching that they haven’t been able to spend impact fees on the desired big-ticket items. In response, the Morgan County Council repealed impact fees for fire, emergency medical services and police until a new capital facility plan can be created.
A recreation agreement among Morgan City, Morgan County and Morgan County School Board has delayed again, much as it has in the past year and a half, this time over the debate of how the entities should share deductibles and claims in the face of a lawsuit.
Morgan voters went to the polls yesterday and voted down the proposed vote local levy by a wide margin. 2,485 votes were cast, a 45% voter turnout. 885 (36%) were cast in favor and 1,600 (64%) voted against. The vote was fairly consistent across all precincts. The breakdown by precinct is as follows:
Precinct Voters For Against
Mountain Green 421 141 (33.5%) 280 (66.5%)
Peterson 587 213 (36.3%) 374 (63.7%)
Canyon Creek 278 73 (26.3%) 205 (73.7%)
City 516 198 (38.4%) 318 (61.6%)
North Morgan 437 189 (43.25%) 248 (56.75%)
CC State Senate 188 59 (31.4%) 129 (68.6%)
Croydon 57 11 (19.3%) 46 (80.7%)
Following months of psychological therapy, Brigham City resident Douglas K. Beesley appeared in court Wednesday with his attorney facing voyeurism charges that originated in Morgan County. He was granted six months to complete his counseling program.
As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development. However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.
Ron Atwood was recently allowed to build one large hangar in the footprint of two smaller 50 foot by 50 foot ones at the Morgan County Airport in Mountain Green. The change will allow for an additional 15 foot by 50 foot space. Atwood said the additional space would not only allow him to house three more airplanes in the hangar, but it would also provide more property tax revenue to the county.
Following a change recently approved by the Morgan County Council, all dogs in Morgan County should be licensed every January. Previously, dog owners licensed their animals anytime, and the license lasted a year from the original licensing date.
About 85 residents will have to officially change their addresses after the Morgan County Council voted to clear up glaring addressing discrepancies.
“Emergency dispatch has told us we have to stick with one street name,” said Dave Manning, county GIS technician.
After researching the facts, talking to community members and maybe even viewing one of the Morgan County School District’s community presentations regarding the voted local levy, you may be wondering how you can keep an eye on tax rates should the levy pass.
How much will come out of residents’ pockets if the voted leeway passes in June? School district officials are revealing the amounts as they prepare for upcoming informational meetings with the public.
Morgan County Council members are praising Morgan City’s efforts to hire an event coordinator for the annual 4th of July celebration at Riverside Park, but is stopping short of promising money toward the coordinator’s paycheck.
When Morgan City and Morgan County came together last week to discuss the future of the ambulance department, fire protection, recreation department and 4th of July celebration, the debate centered on the effectiveness of interlocal agreements as well as the moral and legal ramifications of those agreements.
Three residents have applied to fill the vacancy on the Morgan County Council representing District 5. Jared Andersen, James Brown, and Austin Turner applied for the position left vacant after Councilman Don Mathews’ death.