Despite the recent excitement for recreational and economic development opportunities that may come with redeveloping the Weber River, local ditch companies that rely on the flow for irrigation purposes are not as enthusiastic.
The political and economic climate lately has many in Morgan asking about their local businesses. It is a common occurrence to read weekly and even daily “Who does appliance repair in Morgan?” and other similar posts on local facebook pages. It is clear Morgan wants to shop local, and many residents don’t even realize Morgan is home to over 600 businesses.
Although same-sex couples could have obtained a marriage license from the Morgan County clerk between Dec. 23 and the morning of Jan. 6, none did. And because of a Supreme Court ruling Jan. 6, it is not likely to happen again until a federal appeals court can rule on whether the Utah law banning same-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
Representatives from the city, county and school board recently re-evaluated their wish list for possible future grants, moving a bridge over the Weber River at the end of Young Street to the top of the list. Restoration of the Weber River near the fairgrounds is second on the list, redevelopment of Como Springs is third, and Commercial Street building improvements is fourth.
Morgan County Council members are crediting their new public works department director for making a significant dent in the county’s weed problem, while other groups are worried about new noxious weeds coming to the county.
Morgan County’s economic development consultant is pursuing the redevelopment of the Como Springs area, saying a new hot springs pool could bring in as many as 42,900 people each year. But that is only if the necessary agreements can be made and as much as $3.79 million can be secured to finance the venture.
The ping-pong on the recreation agreement between the county, school district and city continued this week as the city approved the recreation agreement, but struck the liability provision that has been the ongoing contention between the entities.
Morgan County Council thinks their quandary with getting high-speed internet to the county as well as their struggles with Lost Creek being shed as a state park would be good fodder for a local television program.
After almost a year of work, the Morgan County Council has been handed a draft of a development agreement that could eventually bring thousands of building units and new recreational amenities to the county.
A two-year tussle among Morgan County, Morgan City and the Morgan County School District over an interlocal recreation agreement may be grinding to a hault. On Tuesday, the Morgan County Council approved an agreement that specifically spelled out liability responsibilities for the three parties.
In the absence of ordinances long since repealed, Morgan County officials are considering a new flexible subdivision ordinance that would make way for the clustering of building lots and preservation of open space.
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.