When Superintendent for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Joel Coleman was named the interim Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Utah this week, it was not in an open public meeting, something that has Utah State Board of Education Member Terryl Warner worried.
A landowner involved with plans for a 2,980-acre resort near East Canyon accused the Morgan County Planning chairman of trying to sabotage the Yaryca Master Planned Community during a Aug. 14 public hearing. Many local residents praised any efforts to put a stop to the resort proposal.
During the Morgan County Planning Commission public hearing regarding the Yaryca development Aug. 14, a third of the dissenters taking the microphone spoke out against Yaryca because of the impact it could have on the Greater sage grouse, a candidate for an endangered species designation.
The full Senate agreed recently to include Senator Mike Lee’s proposal to reform transportation funding in a package of amendments on the Highway Trust Fund. The Transportation Empowerment Act would allow states to keep the vast majority of revenue each raises through the gas tax, making it easier and more effective for communities to develop the transportation system they want and need.
Rather than pursue establishing a municipal service fund similar to that used for garbage collection, the Morgan County Council would rather try to negotiate its agreement with Morgan City to provide ambulance service.
The Morgan County Council will move forward with a request to annex into the Utah Transit Authority’s service area, but not because all council members want the service or approve of raising taxes. Instead, council members want the public to weigh in on the matter officially by visiting the ballot box.
Some 302 voters determined the outcome for the one school board seat involved in a primary election Tuesday. The 24.77 percent of 1,219 registered voters in that district eliminated Roland Haslam from the race and sent Ted W. Taylor and incumbent Bruce A. Galbraith on to the November general election.
A recent Morgan High School graduate will be in court June 18 on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, felony discharge of a firearm, and carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence alcohol.
Dalton J. McFall, 24, will be in court June 18 on three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and one count of lewdness involving a child.
Morgan residents hear President Obama regularly; however, it is not common that President Obama hears Morgan residents. On May 13, President Obama not only met with a Morgan resident, but also spent time learning from a small group of law enforcement representatives including local man Keith Squires.
While new taxable property is on the increase in Morgan County—which would benefit Morgan County School District finances—so are requests from large tax payers to adjust taxes downward—which could cause a one-year increase on property taxes.
Four Morgan County sheriff deputies were involved in a high speed chase Friday, May 9, in speeds that reached up to 110 miles per hour. While a high speed chase on Interstate 84 through Morgan County is not unusual, the fact that four deputies were on duty to handle it was, said Deputy Scott Peay.
A standing-room-only crowd seemingly agreed that now is not the right time to incorporate Mountain Green. Local government representatives also revealed that Snowbasin officials do not favor incorporation.
If Morgan voters approve a sales tax increase in November, UTA could be coming to the county, but not in their traditional big buses. In response to a November request from the Morgan County Council, the Utah Transit Authority has proposed unique transportation options for the county.
In the last five years, Morgan County has employed four different individuals in its top planning spot. Tired of the turnover and desiring top notch planning expertise, the Morgan County Council discussed Tuesday the open planning and development director position left vacant when Charlie Ewert accepted a planning position in Weber County last week.
In search of companies that may want to locate in Morgan County, Morgan County Councilmen Robert Kilmer and Austin Turner traveled to the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show held Jan. 14 to 17 in Las Vegas.
The issues surrounding the interlocal recreation agreement tossed around for years among Morgan County, Morgan City and the Morgan County School District may actually be coming to an end now that the school district has removed a claims and liabilities section.
Morgan County is accepting applications for a new full-time planner after Charles Ewert, planning and development department director, gave his notice of resignation after accepting a principal planner position with Weber County. His last day on the job was Thursday, Jan. 30.
Despite the recent excitement for recreational and economic development opportunities that may come with redeveloping the Weber River, local ditch companies that rely on the flow for irrigation purposes are not as enthusiastic.
The political and economic climate lately has many in Morgan asking about their local businesses. It is a common occurrence to read weekly and even daily “Who does appliance repair in Morgan?” and other similar posts on local facebook pages. It is clear Morgan wants to shop local, and many residents don’t even realize Morgan is home to over 600 businesses.
Although same-sex couples could have obtained a marriage license from the Morgan County clerk between Dec. 23 and the morning of Jan. 6, none did. And because of a Supreme Court ruling Jan. 6, it is not likely to happen again until a federal appeals court can rule on whether the Utah law banning same-sex marriage violates the Constitution.