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29 Apr 2011 (All day)

In a move that will provide some help for budget shortfalls at the Sheriff’s office, the Morgan City Council determined to contract with the county to have the services of an additional deputy for 84 days during the summer months.  

29 Apr 2011 (All day)

Chad M. Stewart, a Morgan man, arrested for stealing a BMW valued at $40,000 while test driving it and making the salesman get out of the car at  gunpoint. 

29 Apr 2011 (All day)

Chad M. Stewart, a Morgan man, arrested for stealing a BMW valued at $40,000 while test driving it and making the salesman get out of the car at  gunpoint. 

22 Apr 2011 (All day)

The Morgan County Republican party elected new county officers at a well attended organizing convention on April 9 at the Morgan County Courthouse Auditorium.  Outgoing president, Larry Hatch, expressed thanks to the party’s delegates for turning out in very nearly perfect attendance.  It was the county delegates who cast the votes that put the new slate of officers in their respective positions. 

22 Apr 2011 (All day)

In council meeting Member Ned Mecham came out swinging against the animal control building.  Mecham said, “I have talked to people from both ends of this county.  The only ones I hear that are excited about this building is on the county council.  I haven’t talked to one person in this county that think it’s a great idea for the county to go more in debt.  Last year we went one and a half million for the road bond and this is another $600,000 that has been approved for a building for twenty five years.  I haven’t talked to anyone that thinks that this county going into debt is a good thing.  I know if this is put on the ballot, I know that the county would defeat it and I know our budget this year.  I know that the road department is a mess and is going to need to take money out of the general fund.  I know that our Sheriff’s department is going to need money out of the general fund…I know we are going to need more money for the school resource officer.  I know that diesel now is up 30-35% and I know gasoline is up 30-35% which is going to take a lot more money for fuel out of our general fund.  I think it is a disservice to citizens of this county to go further in debt…”

22 Apr 2011 (All day)

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Robert Kilmer, Ned Mecham, Lyle Nelson

22 Apr 2011 (All day)

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Robert Kilmer, Ned Mecham, Lyle Nelson

15 Apr 2011 (All day)

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for April 3 thru April 9, with a total of 172 calls:

15 Apr 2011 (All day)

Federal charges have been filed against former Morgan County council administrator Garth Day.  Charges were dropped at the state level several months ago as the investigation was turned over to federal officials.  At the time that the case was turned over to federal jurisdiction, County Attorney Jann Farris said, ““My fear is that Garth will be released immediately from the prison [state prison] due to the non-violent nature of his crimes and his lack of a criminal record and prison overcrowding. I do not feel like that would be appropriate considering the damage he has done. In the federal system he will more likely get and serve a significant prison sentence. In my judgment that will be in the best interest of justice.”  

8 Apr 2011 (All day)

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 27 thru April 2, with a total of 189 calls:

8 Apr 2011 (All day)

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Robert Kilmer, Ned Mecham

1 Apr 2011 (All day)

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 20 thru March 26, with a total of 173 calls:

25 Mar 2011 (All day)

Morgan City is continuing its unflagging support for businesses who are willing to invest in Commercial Street and help bring the street back to life.  The latest to step in and invest in Commercial Street is Morgan Physical Therapy.  The business purchased the old Variety Store and is now in process of remodeling the building for their use.  The city enticed the business, in part, by holding out the possibility of incentives.  

25 Mar 2011 (All day)

011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 13 thru March 19, with a total of 203 calls:

25 Mar 2011 (All day)

 

Morgan County has three active political parties:  The Constitution Party, The Democratic Party and the Republican Party. 

In odd numbered years, each of these parties holds an organizing convention.  The main purpose of the convention is to elect county party officers to serve for two year terms.  In the case of the Republican party, we elect a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer and an At Large Member of the State Central Committee.  We call this group of five The Executive Committee.  

The people currently serving in these positions are (Listed in order):  Larry Hatch, Corey Leishman, Bret Haney, Sherm Farnsworth and Jennie Earl.  

Any resident of Morgan County who is willing to affiliate with; and register as a member of the Republican Party, is eligible to run for one of these offices.  If you wish to run for a party office, you will need to be in attendance at the Republican Party Organizing Convention on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Morgan County Courthouse Auditorium.  The event will begin with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. and informal visiting until about 6:00 p.m.

About 6:00 p.m. the party chairman will call the meeting to order.  The main item of business will be the election of officers; however, other business will be conducted as required.  Those desiring to be on the ballot, for any of the five offices listed above, should arrange for someone who is a registered Republican to nominate them.  A second to the nomination is not required, but is allowed if the candidate desires that to be part of his nomination.  Seconds will be counted as part of the candidates two minute introductory speech time.

Voting will be by secret ballot and balllots will be counted by independent judges: meaning the judges will not be members of the party executive committee or county delegates.  

Those voting will be Official County Delegates who were elected at the Precinct Caucus Meetings in 2010, or appointed to fill a vacated delegate position in the case of a resignation or some event that made a delegate ineligible.  

We, the party leaders, hope to have at least two nominees for each of the five positions open for election.  Please see our paid advertisement in this issue of the newspaper.  Thanks for your consideration.   

Larry Hatch  

Morgan County Republican Party Chairman

Morgan

23 Mar 2011 (All day)

The county council autorized a budget of $6,000 to pay members of its Swift Water Rescue Team on Tuesday.  The swift water rescue team was formed to manage an increasing number of incidents on rivers in the county.

23 Mar 2011 (All day)

2012 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 11th thru March 17th, with a total of 114 calls

18 Mar 2011 (All day)

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for March 6  thru March 12, with a total of 125 calls:

18 Mar 2011 (All day)

It was a night for sparks to fly again as parks were once again on the agenda at Morgan County Council.  

18 Mar 2011 (All day)

The County Council on Tuesday appointed Chris Hales to the planning commission.  Hales was appointed to fill the final vacancy on the commission for the Porterville/East Canyon Area. 

18 Mar 2011 (All day)

 

The discussion continues on whether the county ought to build a facility to replace the animal control building currently rented from veterinarian, Dr Lott.  It also seems that the project has come full circle.  

18 Mar 2011 (All day)

Attending: Chairman Tina Kelley, Members Howard Hansen, Don Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Robert Kilmer, Ned Mecham, and Lyle Nelson

11 Mar 2011 (All day)

In a move to protect citizens from fraudulent solicitations, Morgan City adopted an update to the code governing solicitors.  “We have had a lot of complaints about solicitors,” said councilmember Shelly Betz.  

11 Mar 2011 (All day)

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for February 27 thru March 5, with a total of 125 calls:

11 Mar 2011 (All day)

In a controversial move, Governor Herbert signed into law House Bill HB477 and in one stroke of the pen significantly reduced the openness of Utah government.  He took this action after repeatedly supporting a policy of transparency.  

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

In the council meeting on Tuesday the council remained deadlocked on the issue of the land purchase from the school district, effectively killing the land purchase.  Members Ned Mecham, Don Mathews, and Howard Hansen were in favor of the purchase, Members Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson and Chairman Tina Kelly were opposed.  Member Kilmer chose to abstain.  The issue needs four votes to proceed.

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

Darrell Erickson was appointed to serve on the county planning commission for the Enterprise area.

Darrell Erickson was appointed to serve on the county planning commission for the Enterprise area.

Al Lundgren was appointed to serve on the county planning commission for the Mountain Green area.

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

In a five to two decision on Tuesday night the council voted to eliminate the current volunteer board of appeals in favor of a one person professional paid position to hear and decide appeals cases.  The county will contract with one or more individuals, likely from outside the county, to hear the cases. 

4 Mar 2011 - 06:00

A lively debate ensued in the county council when an item about the upcoming plans for parks was raised on Tuesday.  Member Ronda Kippen who has the portfolio assignment on the council for parks brought forward items to inform the council of plans for a bowry at the park in the Cottonwoods and also identified manpower gaps for the care of the parks.  The county has recently had turnover in the jobs that have traditionally maintained the parks and now is faced with the dilemma of how to address the needs as spring approaches.

25 Feb 2011 - 06:00

Morgan City Mayor received an award for the electrical department of the City. The award was given after the electrical team went 8000 hours with no accidents.

25 Feb 2011 - 06:00

After long negotiations it appears that the DATC (the Davis Applied Technology Center) will be opening an entrepreneurial center in Morgan.  The DATC has a center already on its campus in Layton and have been working to establish a second location in Morgan.
The Center provides training and office space for businesses in the early stages of their development.  Businesses can lease office space in the center.  This lease will provide them office space as well as access to resources such as printers and other office equipment needed for start up businesses. 

25 Feb 2011 - 06:00

At the city council meeting on Tuesday night the Morgan City council acted to amend an ordinance passed in 2007 relating to the historic district in Morgan.  The historic district includes the business district section of Commercial Street as well as areas behind these businesses.

25 Feb 2011 - 06:00

Brain Tumor Foundation – Ride for Kids Presentation
See Ride for Kids Thanks City and Sheriff’s Department on this page.
Sign Ordinance Amendment
The ordinance will change the required acreage for two signs.  The current requirement is 300 foot of frontage and a minimum of 3.5 acres.  The amendment was approved unanimously to change the requirement and eliminate the minimum number of acres required. 

25 Feb 2011 - 06:00

The leadership of the Utah Ride for Kids were present at the Morgan City Council meeting on Tuesday.  They presented a plaque and tee shirt to the city and the sheriff’s office as a token of their appreciation for the city and county’s continuing support of their annual fund raising event.
The Ride for Kids event occurs each August and is a motorcycle fund raiser ride that starts at This Is The Place Heritage Park, in Salt Lake, crosses over East Canyon and ends at Riverside Park in Morgan City. 

11 Feb 2011 (All day)

 

By Scott Sherman

The Salt Lake Tribune

Reprinted with Permission of The Salt Lake Tribune

 

State court officials have released the list of 10 courthouses around Utah that could be shuttered if lawmakers were to cut up to 7 percent from the state’s public safety budget.

4 Feb 2011 (All day)

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

4 Feb 2011 (All day)

After several back and forth discussions the county has made an offer to the school district to purchase land adjacent to the Fair Grounds.  With a vote of 4 to 2 in favor, the council approved an offer to the school district of $59,800.  The council also stipulated that the county would not participate in the surveying or fencing costs.  The purchase will be paid for from the restaurant tax fund.  Members Nelson and Kippen voted against the offer and member Kilmer, who works for the school district, abstained.  Member Nelson expressed concern that the county was paying more per acre than the school district had paid in their recent purchase.  

28 Jan 2011 (All day)

 

Member Jeff Wardell was absent

28 Jan 2011 (All day)

Stacy Lafitte is the clerk/auditor for Morgan County.  Lafitte was born and raised in Morgan and with the exception of one year attending Utah State University, has lived here in the county.  She grew up in a small family of her parents and one younger brother.

21 Jan 2011 (All day)

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

21 Jan 2011 (All day)

 

2011 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for

January 9th thru January 15th, with a total of 126 calls:

21 Jan 2011 (All day)

In a split vote on Tuesday night the county council decided to rethink the council administrator position.  Member Nelson had placed the item on the agenda after a discussion with chairman Kelley.

14 Jan 2011 (All day)

 

Sheriff Breshears has had many challenges in his first two weeks in office.  As he took office he was already faced with a department poised to hire four new officers to fill vacancies left by officers who had left to pursue higher pay, to replace his position, and to evaluate potential replacements for an officer on leave.  He had stated in his campaign that his goal was to persuade the county council to raise the pay for officers to try to head off the turnover problem faced by the department.

14 Jan 2011 (All day)

 

Morgan City took action this week to close the gap on the budget shortfall the city is facing.  The city is working to address a situation where incoming revenues were $300,000 below expenditures.

7 Jan 2011 - 06:00

Council Members Attending: Tina Kelley, Howard Hansen, Donald Mathews, Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson, Ned Mecham, Robert Kilmer

Public Comment
Larry Hatch thanked all of the council for their service.  He requested that the council consider carefully the appointment of a chairman.

31 Dec 2010 - 06:00

The number one story for Morgan County in 2010 was Garth Day.  It seemed that the council administrator position brought controversy with him from the beginning.  First, the position of council administrator, and then the person filling the position became controversial.

31 Dec 2010 - 06:00

The November election is story number two.  2010 will likely be a pivotal year for politics in Morgan County.  Four of the seven seats on the council were up for election.  A fifth seat changed due to the resignation of Rodney Haslam.

31 Dec 2010 - 06:00

In the Morgan City council meeting on Tuesday the council passed an ordinance banning “synthetic cannabinoids.”  The substance has been given the street name of “spice”.  This follows similar bans by other cities like Ogden and Layton.  The Morgan ordinance is patterned after the Layton Ordinance.