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.
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.
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.
For the last several years the county has been considering a new building for county services. The county currently leases space for the animal shelter from a local veterinarian, Dr Lott. The cost of this contract could pay for a bond of approximately $350,000. The county is also hopeful that they can obtain a grant from the NRA for $50,000 for a classroom in the building that could be used for many different applications, including hunter’s safety and other training programs.
There was some debate on Tuesday night in council meeting about what is likely a relatively innocuous contract. The debate, however, may be a reflection of challenges the county will continue to face when approving contracts.
In the county council meeting on Tuesday night, the council considered applicants for the district four council position. This position was recently vacated by Member Rod Haslam, who is suffering with health problems. The applicants were Fred Jacobson, Jim Jones, and Ronda Kippen.
Jacobson, Jones and Kippen appeared together before the council and answered questions. The candidates began with a summary of themselves and their qualifications.
Cottonwood area of Mountain Green.
Malan was sited for driving under the influence (DUI), leaving the scene of an injury accident, unsafe lane travel, expired registration, carrying a concealed weapon while intoxicated, and open container.
This election year is one in which voters are being asked to consider several changes to the Utah State Constitution. As voters enter the voting booth in eleven days they will find four constitutional amendments on the ballot.
Kimlyn Porter is a candidate for County Recorder. The recorder tracks land ownership and changes as well as providing information for the county assessor for taxing. Porter is running against the current county recorder, Brenda Nelson.
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.