Adjusting property tax rates for local education is such a divisive topic in Morgan County that even the Morgan County School Board is split on the issue. For the first time in at least two decades, the board will have to reconvene their truth in taxation meeting in order to take a final vote.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.