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14 Aug 2015 - 13:05
Council gives green light to place item on November ballot

Morgan County Council members were hesitant to say they support the State Legislature’s push to raise transportation taxes, but were unanimous in the effort to let the public officially weigh in on the issue.  The council voted last week to allow the transportation tax question to be placed on the countywide Nov. 3 general election ballot to be conducted by mail.

7 Aug 2015 - 16:14

Two applicants have filed their intent to fill outgoing City Councilwoman Shelly Betz vacated seat on the Morgan City Council. F. William Cobabe and Danny McBride are awaiting the Aug. 25 city council meeting, where the council will appoint one of them to the seat to serve through January of 2018. 

31 Jul 2015 - 13:09

As the devoted Kris Krammer carries out her last fair as chairman of the board, newly appointed Gina Grandpre is already looking toward the 2016 Morgan County Fair.

24 Jul 2015 - 13:24

In an effort to provide more flexibility to property owners tempered with the safety of the traveling public, the Morgan City Council cleared up some gray areas in regard to fencing. After going back and forth for months with the building inspector and City planning commission, the council was happy to see these changes approved.

24 Jul 2015 - 13:24

From rodeos to snow cones, baby contests to wrangler contests, donut eating contests to livestock shows to quilt raffles, Kris Krammer has seen it all; actually, she has overseen it all for the last six years but this will be the last year she attends our beloved Morgan County Fair as its chairman. 

24 Jul 2015 - 13:24

Ashley Haslam has some big shoes to fill as she steps into her new role as Morgan County’s new animal control officer, but she is up to the task.

16 Jul 2015 - 12:19

Morgan County deputies helped capture a pair of wanted fugitives who were camping at East Canyon State Park on Saturday, July 11.  Regina Collins, 35, and Daniel Lyman-Muzzy, 31, were wanted for crimes in several other states and allegedly stole a pair of semi-automatic handguns from a Salt Lake City pawn shop June 25. 

9 Jul 2015 - 15:01

When Morgan City split from its economic development consultant and hired its own economic development/event coordinator, the Morgan County Council was watching closely.  Now county officials are wondering if they should make the same move.

9 Jul 2015 - 15:01

Could a new distillery intent on using local agriculture products be the next economic development effort to come to Morgan County?  According to input during Tuesday’s Morgan County Council meeting, council members seem unanimous in welcoming the venture into the county.

3 Jul 2015 - 15:47
County tax roll now available online

Do apartment residents pay their own way when it comes to property taxes used by the city and county to police streets, provide utilities and educate children?

3 Jul 2015 - 15:47

The only Morgan City Council member whose seat is not up for re-election this year has resigned.  City leaders are seeking a replacement for Councilwoman Shelly Betz, who will resign effective July 1.

26 Jun 2015 - 11:12

North Morgan residents united June 16 against a developer with plans to build several apartment buildings near their Mahogany Ridge homes. 

19 Jun 2015 - 15:05

A brazen, broad, daylight drug deal in the Ridley’s parking lot landed two Morgan residents in jail on multiple felony charges.  Deputy Gary Dudley was passing by when he observed what appeared to be a drug deal taking place in the east end of the Ridley’s parking lot.  Both suspects were well known to Morgan deputies.  Dudley was immediately contacted by a citizen who reported seeing an exchange of cash for a small bag. 

19 Jun 2015 - 15:05
Extends building grant for new NAPA facility

After the daunting task of crunching numbers, the Morgan City Council gave final approval for the 2015-16 RDA and city budgets.  In addition, approval was given for a 14 percent sewer increase and a $1 increase per garbage can within city limits.

19 Jun 2015 - 15:05

The Morgan County Council has pulled some things off their economic development consultant’s table, but put others in its place.  In the meantime, the council is keeping the consultant on a “short lease” while watching for action.

12 Jun 2015 - 12:43
Decision between Blunck, Nuttall came down to special interest groups, homeschooling

Selection of the newest Morgan County School Board member came down to two issues: special interest groups and homeschooling.  In the end, three board members voted for Ronald Blunck while opponent Lydia Nuttall had the approval of only two board members.  Both applicants answered a series of 14 questions in a public interview period Tuesday.

5 Jun 2015 - 14:14
Further discussions coming June 9

With talk of other tax increases in the air, the Morgan County School Board recently debated whether or not the school district would keep tax rates the same or offer taxpayers a break.

21 May 2015 - 13:44

With application deadlines looming for six open local government positions, now may be the time to get involved.  Available positions include a Morgan County School Board member position, Morgan City Mayor and four Morgan City Council spots.

8 May 2015 - 13:34

According to new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Morgan County has the fastest-growing employment rate in the state and has survived the latest recession.

8 May 2015 - 13:34

On the evening of Friday, May 1, Senator Mike Lee honored youth from across the state who earned appointments with various military academies.

1 May 2015 - 16:52

Of all the issues considered by the local and state Farm Bureau this year, access to rivers is one of the most pressing for Morgan County, Morgan County Farm Bureau Vice President Randy Sessions recently told the Morgan County Council.  Other issues include a countywide fencing ordinance, Taxing issues, sage grouse, and animal control.

24 Apr 2015 - 13:38
Plans proceed to ‘Band-Aid’ aging infrastructure

With only three more months left of the Morgan School District’s official budget year, things are looking up while the school board approved continuing with immediate “Band-Aid” solutions to house future growth.

24 Apr 2015 - 13:38
Contributor to donate $1 to Morgan Middle School for every survey completed

Envision Utah President Robert Grow related a thought that Larry H. Miller once shared with him. Miller said, “I would give back every car I have ever sold if Utah could go back to the way it used to be.”  However, until a proper time travel device has been invented, all we can do is look to the future to ensure our children will be able to enjoy the same opportunities and environments that we have in our communities today.

16 Apr 2015 - 15:00

The UDOT 2015-2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan puts Morgan County on the map for state road projects.  The plan puts widening Highway 66 in the nearest future, moves a new Mountain Green Interstate 84 interchange up on the priority list, and adds a new Interstate 80 interchange on Highway 66 to the list.

4 Apr 2015 - 12:01
Past direction leads to dead ends

After being dropped by Morgan City, consultant Better City may be facing the same fate with its current client Morgan County.  But as some Morgan County Council members noted, in a county almost entirely privately owned, economic development is dependent on landowners and not the government.

27 Mar 2015 - 14:49

It is the classic chicken-or-egg question haunting Yaryca land owners and the Morgan County Council.  What comes first: amending the future land map or getting a developer on board?  At their last meeting, the council decided the question was just too scary to answer when the future of 2,600 acres lies at issue.

27 Mar 2015 - 14:49

While the Morgan County Council failed to agree to open all county offices on Fridays, all council members did agree to at least open the recorder’s office from 1 to 5 p.m. every Friday beginning May 8.

27 Feb 2015 - 14:10

Representatives from Weber Human Services say they would like to see more Morgan County residents take advantage of their services including mental health, substance abuse counseling, prevention services, and aging services.

13 Feb 2015 - 18:08
Future hotel success rests on redevelopment of Como Springs

The results from a new feasibility study for a hotel site on Commercial Street are in, and successful numbers may depend on the redevelopment of a water park at Como Springs, according to Morgan County’s economic development consultant Better City.

13 Feb 2015 - 18:08

Several state leaders including Governor Gary Herbert joined the attendees of the Morgan County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner on Feb. 5, 2015.  Governor Herbert dined with guests, took the occasion to meet many of the residents and even stayed for photo opportunities.

5 Feb 2015 - 12:10
Candidates have until June 8 to file

All but one Morgan City Council position will be open this upcoming election, including a two-year mayoral spot. 

30 Jan 2015 - 12:50

After years of working on a four-day work schedule, it is an unofficial consensus of the Morgan County Council that county offices should be open on Fridays.  But it is still in question as to which hours.

22 Jan 2015 - 14:35

As parents with day care needs responded to the Morgan County School Board of Education’s proposed busing policy and procedures, a Utah State Office of Education official also weighed in on the issue.

16 Jan 2015 - 14:32

After announcing tough transportation restrictions set to take affect Feb. 2, the Morgan County School Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday to cut some slack for students who consistently need picked up or dropped off for child care.  However, citing safety concerns, the district will no longer accept notes and other irregular requests.

2 Jan 2015 - 16:04

It is well known that Morgan County has one of the highest median household income levels in the state, second only to Summit County, home of Park City.  So it follows that Morgan also has a low poverty rate.
According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report released Dec. 17, Morgan County has the 12th lowest poverty rate in the whole nation.  That means that out of 3,142 counties in the United States, only 11 have poverty rates lower than that in Morgan County.

26 Dec 2014 - 13:20

For some time the Morgan County Council has had discussion on whether to move from a four-day work week to a five-day work week.  There have been several concerns and ideas from elected officials within the courthouse in the last several months.  We are asking for input from the general public, so we can make an informed decision in your behalf.

26 Dec 2014 - 13:20

The Morgan County Council discussed both their 2014 and 2015 budgets, avoiding levy and tax increases and noting which departments were over budget including the annual county fair.  Garbage fees will not be lowered, the USU Extension service will increase employees, the council plans to seek new benefit providers, and the county will work to establish a budgetary baseline for fleet management.

12 Dec 2014 - 13:08

Morgan residents attended the first conference meant as a call for collaboration among those interested in issues surrounding the Weber River. 

11 Dec 2014 - 13:18

While state legislators are confident more money will be poured into the public school system this upcoming year, local school leaders are asking for a more hands-off approach.

5 Dec 2014 (All day)

Two years ago, a Morgan deputy shot a woman in the eye at the conclusion of a high-speed chase that covered three counties.  Now, that woman is suing the county and officer for a violation of her rights.  And the attorney handling Morgan’s defense said the case is at least two years away from any kind of resolution.

4 Dec 2014 - 15:11

Barker Real Estate Services was the only company to respond to a county request for proposal to conduct a hotel feasibility study.  
“They are a good fit,” said Morgan County Councilman Lyle Nelson, who noted the firm will work under the direction of Better City, the county and city’s economic development consultant.

28 Nov 2014 - 16:25

Morgan resident Kelly Carter has had enough of the parties next door.  
For nine years, Carter has endured noise at all hours of the night, inebriated guests, vehicles speeding on the quarter-mile lane leading to her home, four wheelers trespassing, make-shift directional signs tied to her mailbox, opened gates, cut fences leading to roaming livestock, random intoxicated people passed out in nearby yards and hunters shooting in the wrong direction.

28 Nov 2014 (All day)

Morgan County Councilman Lyle Nelson is pushing to re-establish a county mobility council to evaluate state and federal government funding options, as well as re-engage the Wasatch Front Regional Council to address the county’s transportation needs.

28 Nov 2014 (All day)

The Morgan County Council is considering changing their use regulation ordinance, considering how to define “agribusiness” and encourage further economic development through recreational activities.

20 Nov 2014 - 13:51
Council considers future vote by mail in Mountain Green’s future

Absentee and provisional votes didn’t change the outcome of three local races that seemed too close to call on Election Night, but they did change the outcome of the State School Board race.

13 Nov 2014 - 12:35
Many waiting on next week’s canvass for final election results

Education dominated the 2014 election cycle, both locally and on the state level.
Locally, more Morgan residents threw their hat in the ring for an education position than any other government position on the ballot.

13 Nov 2014 - 12:35

Morgan City has made a stride forward in coordinating community events.  This move involved hiring a new event coordinator to work with the city council in not only making sure that big events are successful, but assisting in economic development and day-to-day operations as well.

6 Nov 2014 - 13:51

Morgan County has a new planning and development department director.  Amid budgetary work sessions last week, Bill Cobabe accepted the new position.

5 Nov 2014 - 17:22
Besides unopposed races, only one race has clear winner

More than half of the county’s registered voters turned out on election night. This high voter turnout rendered many local races just too close to call.
As polls closed, it appeared only one local incumbent lost a bid for re-election.  On Nov. 4, Political newcomer Ted W. Taylor appeared to have won over incumbent Bruce A. Galbraith for the Morgan School Board District 2 seat.