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22 Apr 2011 (All day)

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Robert Kilmer, Ned Mecham, Lyle Nelson

22 Apr 2011 (All day)

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Robert Kilmer, Ned Mecham, Lyle Nelson

15 Apr 2011 (All day)

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for April 3 thru April 9, with a total of 172 calls:

15 Apr 2011 (All day)

Federal charges have been filed against former Morgan County council administrator Garth Day.  Charges were dropped at the state level several months ago as the investigation was turned over to federal officials.  At the time that the case was turned over to federal jurisdiction, County Attorney Jann Farris said, ““My fear is that Garth will be released immediately from the prison [state prison] due to the non-violent nature of his crimes and his lack of a criminal record and prison overcrowding. I do not feel like that would be appropriate considering the damage he has done. In the federal system he will more likely get and serve a significant prison sentence. In my judgment that will be in the best interest of justice.”  

8 Apr 2011 (All day)

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 27 thru April 2, with a total of 189 calls:

8 Apr 2011 (All day)

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Robert Kilmer, Ned Mecham

1 Apr 2011 (All day)

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 20 thru March 26, with a total of 173 calls:

25 Mar 2011 (All day)

011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 13 thru March 19, with a total of 203 calls:

25 Mar 2011 (All day)

 

Morgan County has three active political parties:  The Constitution Party, The Democratic Party and the Republican Party. 

In odd numbered years, each of these parties holds an organizing convention.  The main purpose of the convention is to elect county party officers to serve for two year terms.  In the case of the Republican party, we elect a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer and an At Large Member of the State Central Committee.  We call this group of five The Executive Committee.  

The people currently serving in these positions are (Listed in order):  Larry Hatch, Corey Leishman, Bret Haney, Sherm Farnsworth and Jennie Earl.  

Any resident of Morgan County who is willing to affiliate with; and register as a member of the Republican Party, is eligible to run for one of these offices.  If you wish to run for a party office, you will need to be in attendance at the Republican Party Organizing Convention on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Morgan County Courthouse Auditorium.  The event will begin with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. and informal visiting until about 6:00 p.m.

About 6:00 p.m. the party chairman will call the meeting to order.  The main item of business will be the election of officers; however, other business will be conducted as required.  Those desiring to be on the ballot, for any of the five offices listed above, should arrange for someone who is a registered Republican to nominate them.  A second to the nomination is not required, but is allowed if the candidate desires that to be part of his nomination.  Seconds will be counted as part of the candidates two minute introductory speech time.

Voting will be by secret ballot and balllots will be counted by independent judges: meaning the judges will not be members of the party executive committee or county delegates.  

Those voting will be Official County Delegates who were elected at the Precinct Caucus Meetings in 2010, or appointed to fill a vacated delegate position in the case of a resignation or some event that made a delegate ineligible.  

We, the party leaders, hope to have at least two nominees for each of the five positions open for election.  Please see our paid advertisement in this issue of the newspaper.  Thanks for your consideration.   

Larry Hatch  

Morgan County Republican Party Chairman

Morgan

23 Mar 2011 (All day)

The county council autorized a budget of $6,000 to pay members of its Swift Water Rescue Team on Tuesday.  The swift water rescue team was formed to manage an increasing number of incidents on rivers in the county.

23 Mar 2011 (All day)

2012 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 11th thru March 17th, with a total of 114 calls

18 Mar 2011 (All day)

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 6  thru March 12, with a total of 125 calls:

18 Mar 2011 (All day)

The County Council on Tuesday appointed Chris Hales to the planning commission.  Hales was appointed to fill the final vacancy on the commission for the Porterville/East Canyon Area. 

18 Mar 2011 (All day)

 

The discussion continues on whether the county ought to build a facility to replace the animal control building currently rented from veterinarian, Dr Lott.  It also seems that the project has come full circle.  

18 Mar 2011 (All day)

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Robert Kilmer, Ned Mecham, and Lyle Nelson

11 Mar 2011 (All day)

In a controversial move, Governor Herbert signed into law House Bill HB477 and in one stroke of the pen significantly reduced the openness of Utah government.  He took this action after repeatedly supporting a policy of transparency.  

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

In the council meeting on Tuesday the council remained deadlocked on the issue of the land purchase from the school district, effectively killing the land purchase.  Members Ned Mecham, Don Mathews, and Howard Hansen were in favor of the purchase, Members Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson and Chairman Tina Kelly were opposed.  Member Kilmer chose to abstain.  The issue needs four votes to proceed.

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

Darrell Erickson was appointed to serve on the county planning commission for the Enterprise area.

Darrell Erickson was appointed to serve on the county planning commission for the Enterprise area.

Al Lundgren was appointed to serve on the county planning commission for the Mountain Green area.

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

In a five to two decision on Tuesday night the council voted to eliminate the current volunteer board of appeals in favor of a one person professional paid position to hear and decide appeals cases.  The county will contract with one or more individuals, likely from outside the county, to hear the cases. 

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

A lively debate ensued in the county council when an item about the upcoming plans for parks was raised on Tuesday.  Member Ronda Kippen who has the portfolio assignment on the council for parks brought forward items to inform the council of plans for a bowry at the park in the Cottonwoods and also identified manpower gaps for the care of the parks.  The county has recently had turnover in the jobs that have traditionally maintained the parks and now is faced with the dilemma of how to address the needs as spring approaches.

11 Feb 2011 (All day)

 

By Scott Sherman

The Salt Lake Tribune

Reprinted with Permission of The Salt Lake Tribune

 

State court officials have released the list of 10 courthouses around Utah that could be shuttered if lawmakers were to cut up to 7 percent from the state’s public safety budget.

4 Feb 2011 (All day)

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

4 Feb 2011 (All day)

After several back and forth discussions the county has made an offer to the school district to purchase land adjacent to the Fair Grounds.  With a vote of 4 to 2 in favor, the council approved an offer to the school district of $59,800.  The council also stipulated that the county would not participate in the surveying or fencing costs.  The purchase will be paid for from the restaurant tax fund.  Members Nelson and Kippen voted against the offer and member Kilmer, who works for the school district, abstained.  Member Nelson expressed concern that the county was paying more per acre than the school district had paid in their recent purchase.  

28 Jan 2011 (All day)

Stacy Lafitte is the clerk/auditor for Morgan County.  Lafitte was born and raised in Morgan and with the exception of one year attending Utah State University, has lived here in the county.  She grew up in a small family of her parents and one younger brother.

21 Jan 2011 (All day)

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

21 Jan 2011 (All day)

In a split vote on Tuesday night the county council decided to rethink the council administrator position.  Member Nelson had placed the item on the agenda after a discussion with chairman Kelley.

14 Jan 2011 (All day)

 

Sheriff Breshears has had many challenges in his first two weeks in office.  As he took office he was already faced with a department poised to hire four new officers to fill vacancies left by officers who had left to pursue higher pay, to replace his position, and to evaluate potential replacements for an officer on leave.  He had stated in his campaign that his goal was to persuade the county council to raise the pay for officers to try to head off the turnover problem faced by the department.

7 Jan 2011 - 06:00

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

Public Comment
Larry Hatch thanked all of the council for their service.  He requested that the council consider carefully the appointment of a chairman.

31 Dec 2010 - 06:00

The number one story for Morgan County in 2010 was Garth Day.  It seemed that the council administrator position brought controversy with him from the beginning.  First, the position of council administrator, and then the person filling the position became controversial.

31 Dec 2010 - 06:00

At the end of 2009 the county completed the Fairgrounds Parkway and the new bridge that was a part of the project.  2010 saw a verbal battle with the developer, Morgan Valley Partners, to receive payment for the developers portion of the project.

24 Dec 2010 - 06:00

It was the last county council meeting for council members Sunday, Lundgren, and chairman Creager.  The next council meeting will be in the new year and will see a new council seated and a new chairman chosen.  The council thanked those who were leaving for their service and Chairman Creager took a moment to share his thoughts at the end of his service.  The following are Chairman Creager’s parting remarks to the county:

24 Dec 2010 - 06:00

At a hearing on Monday the county indicated that the prosecution of Garth Day will likely be handed over to federal authorities.  For the past several months the FBI has been investigating the actions of Day in allegedly committing fraud and forgery at the same time as the county investigation has been proceeding.  The FBI has met with county officials, obtained documents of actions by Day, and identified areas for prosecution. 

24 Dec 2010 - 06:00

At the council meeting on Tuesday the county council passed the general plan.  It took about fifteen minutes, but the plan itself has been many years in the creation.  The general plan sets the foundation for the direction of the county in years to come

24 Dec 2010 - 06:00

December 21, 2010

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen

17 Dec 2010 - 06:00

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen

10 Dec 2010 - 06:00

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for
November 28 thru December 4, with a total of 111 calls:

10 Dec 2010 - 06:00

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen

10 Dec 2010 - 06:00

At the county council meeting on Tuesday night the issue of a freeway interchange in Mountain Green was discussed.  The conclusion – no interchange is in the near future.

19 Nov 2010 - 06:00

The Community Impact Board, (CIB) at a meeting on November 4, approved funding for the proposed new County Building. The   county is proposing a building to house the animal shelter and better   utilize the cost being paid to a veterinarian to house the shelter.
The county has been struggling with space issues for some time and has been exploring whether this building could solve some of those space problems.

19 Nov 2010 - 06:00

A heated discussion ensued at the county council meeting on Tuesday as the council considered, for the third time, the Rose Hill well land use agreement between the county and Wilkinson Cottonwood Water Company.

19 Nov 2010 - 06:00

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Sid Creager, Al Lundgren, Howard Hansen, Karen Sunday, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen

12 Nov 2010 - 06:00

Rhonda Kippen is the newest member of the Morgan County Council.  Kippen was appointed by the council to finish the term of Rodney Haslam after he resigned for health reasons.

12 Nov 2010 - 06:00

The votes are all tallied and winners declared in the county races. Don Mathews will continue his service on the council representing district five. Mathews beat opponent Austin Turner by forty six votes with 53.4% of the vote. This race had been too close to call until the absentee and provisional ballots were counted.

12 Nov 2010 - 06:00

We recently completed ‘mid-term’ elections.  As usual Morgan citizens responded well with a relatively high percentage turn out.  As a community we, like the rest of the nation, were mostly focused on the national scene.  It is, after all, what we see and hear in the news.  Unfortunately, sometimes we do not pay as close attention to what is going on in our own county as we should. 

12 Nov 2010 - 06:00

The New Morgan County Council

5 Nov 2010 - 06:00

At the finish line of the 2010 Morgan County Elections on Tuesday night, there were many incumbents that crossed the finish line ahead of their competition and will remain in their positions with the county.  Two of those incumbents that voters chose to return to office included Jann Farris as Morgan County’s Attorney who received 67% of the vote and Brenda Nelson as Morgan County Recorder with 58% of the vote.

5 Nov 2010 - 06:00

The council met on Wednesday morning and appointed Rhonda Kippen to the county council. Member Karen Sunday moved that Kippen be appointed and Member Al Lundgren seconded the motion. Kippen was appointed with Member Sunday, Lundgren, Kelley, and Hansen voting in favor and Member Mathews and Chairman Creager opposing.

2 Nov 2010 - 20:00

To see election results click on the link below:

Election Results