Incumbent Shelly L. Betz is one of three candidates—including Jaden Ingle and incumbent Ray Little—running for two, four-year positions on the Morgan City Council.
Betz moved to Morgan City in August of 2006. As part of her job, she regularly attended both planning commission and city council meetings.
“I found I really wanted to serve and thought I could bring some new perspective and additional energy to the council,” said Betz, 48. So, she ran for a city council position and has been serving since January of 2010.
Morgan County Council members are crediting their new public works department director for making a significant dent in the county’s weed problem, while other groups are worried about new noxious weeds coming to the county.
Ray W. Little brings much political experience to his campaign for a four-year position on the Morgan City Council. He faces off candidates Jaden Ingle and incumbent Shelly Betz for one of two available seats in the Nov. 5 election.
Morgan County’s economic development consultant is pursuing the redevelopment of the Como Springs area, saying a new hot springs pool could bring in as many as 42,900 people each year. But that is only if the necessary agreements can be made and as much as $3.79 million can be secured to finance the venture.
The ping-pong on the recreation agreement between the county, school district and city continued this week as the city approved the recreation agreement, but struck the liability provision that has been the ongoing contention between the entities.
In the Morgan City Council meeting this week, City Attorney Gary Crane reported that the State of Utah has established a canal safety commission and is considering taking action on canal safety. After canal problems that have caused loss of property and life, the state is considering ways to improve safety, including potentially a water tax, a tax on new developments, or the state approving any new developments that take place next to the canals.
This week the Morgan City Council approved providing access to a $642,000 no-interest loan from the USDA to the developer of a new hotel in Morgan City. The developer has already obtained nearly $5 million in funding on their own. This was the final step needed in the agreement with the city and the developer to facilitate the building of the hotel.
Morgan County Council thinks their quandary with getting high-speed internet to the county as well as their struggles with Lost Creek being shed as a state park would be good fodder for a local television program.
After almost a year of work, the Morgan County Council has been handed a draft of a development agreement that could eventually bring thousands of building units and new recreational amenities to the county.
A two-year tussle among Morgan County, Morgan City and the Morgan County School District over an interlocal recreation agreement may be grinding to a hault. On Tuesday, the Morgan County Council approved an agreement that specifically spelled out liability responsibilities for the three parties.
In the absence of ordinances long since repealed, Morgan County officials are considering a new flexible subdivision ordinance that would make way for the clustering of building lots and preservation of open space.
Consultant Matthew Godfrey with Better City said Morgan County’s economic development future could lie in courting the shooting sports industry. The move would accompany an overall recreation push for the county’s future.
The Morgan County Council has made moves to have the Utah State Second District Court take over funding and administration of its Morgan County location. Now, the county will not have to pay for an employee to function as the Second District Court clerk in the county clerk’s office.
Due to an uptick in development activity, the Morgan County Council approved a full-time secretary position through the end of the year for the planning development department. Previously, the position was only part-time, and the other four employees in the office had to cover the front desk during the latter part of the business day.
Since annual biking and running events such as Ragnar and the Tour de Utah are creating a huge impact on Morgan County residents, some Morgan County Council members are asking for more control of the mass gatherings.
Morgan County’s capital plans from years ago were so far-reaching that they haven’t been able to spend impact fees on the desired big-ticket items. In response, the Morgan County Council repealed impact fees for fire, emergency medical services and police until a new capital facility plan can be created.
A recreation agreement among Morgan City, Morgan County and Morgan County School Board has delayed again, much as it has in the past year and a half, this time over the debate of how the entities should share deductibles and claims in the face of a lawsuit.
Morgan voters went to the polls yesterday and voted down the proposed vote local levy by a wide margin. 2,485 votes were cast, a 45% voter turnout. 885 (36%) were cast in favor and 1,600 (64%) voted against. The vote was fairly consistent across all precincts. The breakdown by precinct is as follows:
Precinct Voters For Against
Mountain Green 421 141 (33.5%) 280 (66.5%)
Peterson 587 213 (36.3%) 374 (63.7%)
Canyon Creek 278 73 (26.3%) 205 (73.7%)
City 516 198 (38.4%) 318 (61.6%)
North Morgan 437 189 (43.25%) 248 (56.75%)
CC State Senate 188 59 (31.4%) 129 (68.6%)
Croydon 57 11 (19.3%) 46 (80.7%)
Following months of psychological therapy, Brigham City resident Douglas K. Beesley appeared in court Wednesday with his attorney facing voyeurism charges that originated in Morgan County. He was granted six months to complete his counseling program.
As plans for 533 dwelling units on 105 acres in Mountain Green proceed, residents want to see room for a future interstate exchange that is now missing from the developer’s proposed master plan for the Mountain Green Village Planned Unit Development. However, some say reserving land indefinitely for a future right of way is not feasible.
Ron Atwood was recently allowed to build one large hangar in the footprint of two smaller 50 foot by 50 foot ones at the Morgan County Airport in Mountain Green. The change will allow for an additional 15 foot by 50 foot space. Atwood said the additional space would not only allow him to house three more airplanes in the hangar, but it would also provide more property tax revenue to the county.
Following a change recently approved by the Morgan County Council, all dogs in Morgan County should be licensed every January. Previously, dog owners licensed their animals anytime, and the license lasted a year from the original licensing date.
About 85 residents will have to officially change their addresses after the Morgan County Council voted to clear up glaring addressing discrepancies.
“Emergency dispatch has told us we have to stick with one street name,” said Dave Manning, county GIS technician.