The Morgan 2nd District Court gallery was filled to near capacity at Monday’s arraignment for Garth Day as he and his attorneys, Brad Smith and Amy Hugie, entered the courtroom. Day stood beside his defense lawyers and listened as the presiding judge, Judge Michael DiReda read the long list of charges against him. Day then confirmed for the judge that he had received a copy of the list of 43 charges against him.
Jim Montgomery is a candidate for county council district 2. District 2 runs from the Garnet Drive intersection up to the Peterson Overpass; this includes all of Peterson up to Smith Creek and through Enterprise, to and including the West side of Stoddard Lane.
Montgomery is running against Lyle Nelson.
Rod Haslam was elected to the Morgan County Council in the county’s 2008 election. He began serving his term in office at the beginning of 2009. In this week’s county council meeting, Haslam resigned from his position after serving for two of the four years in his elected term.
In a night that began with conflict and accusations, Chairman Sid Creager took center stage at the council meeting on behalf of the council to explain, to the extent they are able with the investigation continuing, the events that led up to the charges being filed against Garth Day. Chairman Creager also explained the decision process that brought about the council administrator position to be posted on the county website.
In the last council meeting the council made the decision to inform Rollins Ranch that they are in default. Over the past year there has been contact on many occasions between the residents of Rollins Ranch and the county. The subdivision has received neither conditional nor final acceptance since the developer has not completed the required improvements. Because of this the county is not in a position to offer services to these residents.
Emotions were running high and rhetoric was strong during the public comment period in the county council meeting on Tuesday. There were many more attendees at the council meeting than usual, and outbursts from the group attending were common. All of the comments related to the recent events surrounding the charges filed against former council administrator Garth Day.
Garth Day, former County Council Administrator has been charged with forty three criminal charges. Day has been being investigated for the past few months, and the investigation has finally reached the point at which charges are being filed. Day has been served with 38 felony and 5 misdemeanors. He has been subpeonaed to appear in the Second District Court in Morgan on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
Last week The Morgan County News reported on a Meet the Candidate night. County Attorney Jann Farris was unable to attend. Many of the questions were directed to Al Lundgren, candidate for Morgan County Attorney.
The race for the Morgan County Sheriff seems to be decided as Neil Porter has withdrawn from the race. Porter contacted the county office on Tuesday and informed them he would be withdrawing from the election, and removed all of his political signs.
A Meet the Candidate meeting was held on Wednesday, September 15. Attending the meeting was; Candidates for Sheriff - Blaine Breshears and Neil Porter, Candidate for Morgan County Attorney - Al Lundgren, and Candidate for County Council at Large Seat A, Larry Hatch. Many issues were discussed but the majority of the questions were directed to Lundgren, Breshears, and Porter.
Don Mathews is a member of the Morgan County Council. He was appointed in June to fill the seat vacated by David Gardiner until the election. Mathews is a candidate for the district five seat in on the council. He is running against Austin Turner.
UAMPS (the organization from which the city of Morgan purchases electrical power) presented at the Morgan City Council meeting on Tuesday. The subject of the presentation is a project underway with UAMPS to provide electrical power generated with renewable energy.
In a statement at the Morgan County Council meeting on Tuesday, Chairman Sid Creager announced that Morgan County Council Administrator Garth Day had been placed on unpaid administrative leave while an investigation is completed into improprieties with financial accounts.
Ned Mecham is a candidate for the County Council at Large B Seat. He is running against Jeremy Barker. The entire county votes for the candidates running for the at large seats. This is the seat currently held by Council Chairman Sid Creager.
In the council meeting on Tuesday, the city updated the capital improvement plan. The changes document the city’s intent for spending capital dollars. When the city applies for grants it is often essential that the project be on the city’s plan to be considered.
In a public hearing on Tuesday, with no public comment, the city made the final steps to approve at $101,000 road bond. The city is bonding under the Build America Program made available from the Federal Economic Stimulus plan. Under this plan the city can borrow at a discounted rate.
The city council held an informational meeting with county residents on Tuesday to discuss the potential of a splash pad, improvements to the playground equipment, and other improvements at Riverside Park.
Lyle Nelson is a candidate for County Council District 2. He is running against James Montgomery. Nelson was born in Utah and has lived most of his life here. He spent many years in Sunset, but was looking for a good environment in which to raise his children. He found that in Morgan and has lived here for the past 21 years. He is married, has four grown children and seven grandchildren.
The County’s independent auditor reported in his findings in the council meeting on Tuesday. The first item he reported upon was the Stoddard Bridge project. Some questions had been raised about whether money had been appropriately handled and the council had asked for a special audit of these funds.
Anna Tibbits of Morgan won an essay contest put on by the Morgan County Library. Librarian Valarie Hancok gives the award to Anna that a recent council meeting. Looking on is County Attorney Jann Farris. The Morgan County News is proud to bring it to our readers ...
The Morgan Board of Education has approved a small tax increase to cover the costs of debt service and the elementary reading program. The action followed a Truth in Taxation Hearing held at their regular meeting on August 10.
As the election approaches some individuals in the county may not know which voting district they reside in. As we continue to meet the candidates we thought it would be good to help educate our readers know about which voting district they are in and which candidates will be on their ballot this fall.
Is the hot weather getting you down? Are you looking for a way to cool off? The Morgan City Council is working on a project to come to your rescue.
The city has been exploring an upgrade and renovation to Riverside Park. The city would like to replace the playground equipment, add sidewalks, and renovate the bathrooms. The city is also exploring adding a splash pad.
Fire Chief Dave Rich presented at the County Council meeting on Tuesday night at the request of Council Chairman Creager. Rich reported to the council that the fire department had responded to a fire near the county’s television antennae. As they were travelling to the site, one of the county’s brush trucks repeatedly slipped out of gear causing delays and a safety hazard.
At the council meeting on Tuesday night, the Clark family presented to the council about a proposal brought to them from UDOT (the Utah Department of Transportation). UDOT has been working with the Clarks and Morgan City to arrange to trade land in the city’s industrial park to build a new facility to house the State’s road maintenance vehicles and supplies.
Chairman Creager took about an hour to review the state of the county’s finances in the council meeting on Tuesday night. The information he shared was intended to prepare the council for the presentation by the independent auditor scheduled for the next council meeting. It also provided background for the mid year review of the budget where the Council makes adjustments to account for unexpected expenditures and to take into account grants awarded to the county.
Brenda Nelson is the current County Recorder for Morgan County. Nelson is facing off against Kimlyn Porter for the recorder job in the Fall election.
Nelson is a 21 year resident of Morgan County. She grew up in Sunset and lived in Clearfield, but moved to find a great place for raise a family. She found what she was looking for in Morgan County.
Garth Day, County Council Administrator tendered his resignation today. He is required under his employment contract to give ninety days notice. Day indicated that his last day will be November 1, 2010. He expressed that he is resigning to “pursue other interests.” He is giving more notice than required to help the county have time to find a replacement and have a smooth transition.
Glenn Wright is the Democratic candidate for Utah House District 53. Wright says that he is “not a typical Utah politician.” Wright was born in New Jersey, and he grew up in the Northeast where his father worked in textiles.
Mel Brown has a family tradition of political service. His father ran for the state legislature when Brown was young, and he and his brother have both served as Utah’s speaker of the house. Brown is a man who has years of experience in the legislative process, and strong connections to the area he serves.
When one gets involved in politics in Morgan County it is only a matter of minutes before encountering Larry Hatch. Hatch is easily the most active person in the County in politics. He serves as the Chairman for the Republican Party. Although Hatch clearly communicates conservative values, he has been diligent in ensuring that all voices and all viewpoints be heard, whenever possible.
Al Lundgren is a candidate for county attorney running against the incumbent Jann Farris. Lundgren currently serves on the County Council. Lundgren grew up in Colorado and attended his first year of college at Colorado State. After the first year he moved to Utah to attend BYU.
Jann Farris is the County Attorney for Morgan County. His current term ends this year, and he is running for his second term as Morgan County Attorney. Attorney Al Lundgren, who is currently serving on the Morgan County Council, is running against him.
Morgan County officially has a new council member as of 9:00 am Monday morning. Don Matthews was sworn in as the replacement for David Gardiner for District Five by Stacy Lafitte, county clerk. Gardiner recently resigned from the position when he moved out of the county.
Jeremy Barker is a candidate for the County Council at large B seat. Barker is running against Ned Mecham.
Barker’s mother is from France and he is a native French speaker. His father is from Bountiful. Barker was born in Centerville, the oldest of five children, and grew up in that area. He graduated from Viewmont High School in 1993. He and his wife Sharon have two children, a boy and a girl, and one on the way.