After a long search Shane Stephens and Debbie Sessions were appointed to serve on the Morgan Planning Commission. The county council has been searching for some time for qualified candidates who are willing to serve. Sessions has been a regular attendee at planning commission and county council meetings and has been a great example of citizen participation in governmetn in the county.
Caucuses across the county last week reported record numbers of attendees. A combination of interesting races including a run against Senator Hatch, and strong encouragement from the LDS Church resulted in many first time attendees. This was also the first time for the new precincts and the Republican Party in particular struggled with the size of the new precincts.
Morgan county will receive $550,000 in a grant from the state of Utah for improvements to the airport after the county agreed to provide a ten percent match of only $55,000. The funds will be used to pave the taxi area sleeves at the airport.
Visitors to Commerical Street over the past few weeks have noticed a sign in a business window that reads “Morgan City unfair to business and residents... put in for business license 5 months waiting still nothing from city but they say ‘we want business’.” Local resident Mike Ingle said he posted the signs “to get the city’s attention”.
In January 1862 An act of the Utah Territorial Legislative Assembly established/defined the boundary of Morgan County. Morgan County was blessed with an abundance of natural resources. The acreage also became an essential piece of real estate for services making their route to the west coast. These included the telegraph, railroad and future utilities that would eventually traverse Weber Canyon.
In a close, four to three, vote Tina Kelley was re-elected as Morgan County council chair. The discussion to select a new chair opened with Member Ned Mecham nominating Don Mathews for the position. Member Kilmer seconded it. Member Nelson raised concerns about Member Mathews travel schedule. Mathews has attended meetings by phone several times over the past year as his work has required travel. Member Mathews indicated that his schedule is changing and he would be present at all but one meeting in the next year. Nelson also expressed concern about whether Mathews had time to serve the hours necessary to fulfill the duties of council chair. Member Nelson nominated Council Chair Tina Kelley for a second term. The council then voted and Kelley was re-elected to serve a second term by the narrow margin. Member Mathews was voted in as Vice Chair of the Council unanimously.
Morgan City under Mayor Egbert’s leadership have set more positive goals in Morgan for 2012. With a new year underway, Mayor Egbert and the city council is not one minute short of setting a standard of excellence and hope for progress in Morgan.
Thursday Paul Simmons, Lead lineman for Morgan City Power received a call from Kaysville Power Department asking for assistance. Morgan City Power Department responded immediately by sending Matt Stuart and Kent Kummer.
A high speed chase occurred on Dec. 14, through Morgan County at about 9:30 p.m. A vehicle traveling at very high speeds was spotted by Morgan County Sheriff’s deputy who did a radar check on the vehicle.
Facing additional charges about to be filed by the Morgan County Attorney, Josie Foster plead guilty and provided a written confession on Wednesday to two felony charges, burglary and possession of a controlled substance. Foster admitted to burglarizing multiple Morgan County homes. The burglary charge carries a sentence of between one and fifteen years and the possession charge between zero and five years.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announces a new smart phone app that will allow people to get traffic, road conditions, and road forecast information on the go. The UDOT Traffic app is available for iPhone and Android users at no cost. The app has been downloaded nearly 16,500 times since Dec. 4.
A part-time employee of the Morgan School District was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, November 29. Morgan City resident Josie Foster, was arrested and charged with two counts of residential burglary for theft of prescription drugs. She was also charged with misdemeanor theft. County Attorney Jan Farris is currently looking at multiple cases relating to the arrest.
With a unanimous vote the county council determined to stop work on a new animal control building for the county. This represents a complete reversal from earlier this year when the only opposition to the building was from Councilmember Ned Mecham. Mecham has voted against the building each time a vote has come before the council. He has repeatedly stated that during the difficult economic climate in which the county finds itself that the time is not right to construct this building.
Sat. Nov. 5, Deputy Peay was on the scene for 8 hours to assist in the wrecks that took place on I-84 in the canyon heading west bound. The wrecks happened about 6:30 A.M. when a semi jack knifed on the bridge due to icy road conditions. This caused a chain reaction involving 27 vehicles and 5 semi trucks wrecking.
In a close result separated by only 16 votes Lynn Mickelson was elected to the Morgan City council. Mickelson previously served on the council for many years. In an election for three council positions, with four candidates running, the following are the results: Cards cast: 315 Total votes cast: 907 (each voter could cast three votes)
On Friday, November 4 at approximately half past the noon hour, a Morgan County Deputy noticed, what appeared at first to be, a minor problem. He had his eye on the 7-Eleven store in Morgan City, located at 404 East 300 North, on State Street.
In a close result separated by only 16 votes Lynn Mickelson was elected to the Morgan City council. Mickelson previously served on the council for many years. In an election for three council positions, with four candidates running, the following are the results: Cards cast: 315 Total votes cast: 907 ( each voter could cast three votes) 1. Tony London 289 votes (incumbent) 2. Jeff Wardell 264 votes (incumbent) 3. Fred Lynn Mickelson 183 votes 4. DeOrr Peterson 167 votes (incumbent) Write in votes: 4
Tony London has served on the Morgan City council for fourteen years. He grew up in Morgan County, in Croydon. After he married, in 1979, he moved to Morgan City. He has three children and two grandchildren. He works at Holcim as the plant terminal manager. His responsibility there is for shipping product to their customers.
DATC is moving forward with the project to build the Entrprenuerial Center. They expect to have the center open before the end of the year. Bidders need to be onsite or pre-bid meeting on November 2. Individuals interested in providing a bid on the remodeling can contact the DATC.
Lynn Mickelson is running for Morgan City Council. Mickelson has a long history of service in the city. He was elected to the city council in 1988 and served for approximately twenty years. Mickelson also worked in the Morgan City public works for four and a half years.
Garth Day appeared before Judge Dee Benson on Tuesday for sentencing. Judge Benson first invited Day’s attorney to speak. Day’s attorney, Brad Smith spoke and requested that the court deviate from the recommended sentence. He asserted that when Day came to him on August 27 of 2010 he was a “broken man…He had in effect sold his self respect and honor for money…I have watched him take difficult steps to restore his honor,” said Smith. Smith asserted that Day had come forward voluntarily once he felt that discovery was imminent, but that he had revealed the full nature of his crimes beyond what was going to be immediately discovered, including a bank loan and a letter of credit of which the county was not yet aware.
In response to threatened litigation and to address public safety issues the council approved a project on Tuesday to replace drain covers in the Highlands. During flooding season the drains overflowed and caused flooding in a residents house. Council Chair Tina Kelley also reported that there have been problems in the winter as the covers ice over the create hazardous walking conditions. Parents have complained about this situation and the hazard it creates for their children.
The county emergency management director, Terry Turner, reported that FEMA has authorized approximately $98,000 in funding for the county based on expenses for flood control. The county is required to match 25%, but the volunteer efforts in the county more than covered the 25% match so the county was not required to spend any cash from the budget.
In a four to two vote the county council approved building the animal control building which has been under discussion for several years and heavily debated since the new council took office. The county currently leases space from local veterinarian Marion Lott for $1,300 per month. The council has been debating whether to replace this lease with a facility built by the county for several years. Last year the council took action to request a low cost loan from state funds to construct a facility for animal control. The decision to borrow the money was not heavily debated in the council at the time, but has caused controversy and debate ever since new councilmembers took office in January. The initial decision was for a loan of $600,000 to fund a building that could include expansion to manage the overcrowding in the county building. Later, due to cost estimates, the council scoped down the building. At present the plan is for animal control and garage space for county vehicles, but the council is still considering some additional options.
Jeff Wardell was appointed to the Morgan City Council on July 28, 2009 to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Dave Larsen after he moved to Mountain Green. Wardell is a lifetime resident of Morgan. He was born here and went to school here. He married his high school sweetheart from Morgan and raised three daughters here. He has deep roots in the community and a love for the City and County. Wardell says, “It’s peaceful. I love driving up to Morgan from the mouth of the canyon every evening … it’s beautiful.”