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Ephraim City doesn’t need a manager

 

03-14-2019

 

Brant Hanson’s resignation as Ephraim’s city manager reminds me how things have changed since the hiring of their first manager.

The justification for his hiring was that he would bring in more money from federal grants than he would cost. Then they hired a secretary to search and write federal grants and the manager manages the secretaries and various projects, not included in Ezra Taft Benson’s “proper role of government.”

I seldom hear from a city councilman on city business. The manager is spokesman in between the council, mayor and the people. This insulates the city government from the people and is government not by the elected people, but by bureaucracy.  It’s no wonder I feel unrepresented and removed from the city. A city manager by education and training are socialists. We need look no farther than Venezuela to see the fruits of this system.

If the city councilmen and mayor were really doing their job, not just attending city meetings to collect their $750 ($1000 for mayor) each per month, there would be no need for a city manager and the $150,000 could be used to meet the city’s obligations, without having to raise taxes.

The city’s income has increased with the increases of people, property tax, sales and miscellaneous taxes, so the city shouldn’t have to raise taxes for the basic services. Now is a great time to just forget about hiring a city manager.

 

Frank Crowther

Ephraim

Religion is solution to mankind woes

 

03-14-2019

 

We live in an interesting era of mankind.

Our satellites probe into space beyond our solar system.

We communicate almost instantly with humans all around this earth via voice and picture.  Aircraft transport us from continent to continent at speeds of 500-600 mph .Our underwater craft probe ocean depths and take samples of the ocean floor.

Despite all our technological blessings, mankind is becoming more intolerant, violent, wicked. Pride, greed, selfishness, self-worship, revenge, knows no bounds.  Endless government laws are not giving us liberty, peace, safety.

These benefits need to be developed within the heart and soul of men and women.

Liberty, peace, safety are nurtured from a higher source.

Our Eternal Father gave us the plan for liberty, peace, safety, through his Son via the Ten Commandments. They were given to Moses on plates of stone.

Consider the following more modern statements which support the Ten Commandments.

William Penn: “Those people who are not governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”

President Calvin Coolidge: “The government will be able to get out of the people only such virtue as religion has placed there.”

President Spencer W. Kimball: “Through the ages we have come to know we cannot legislate goodness.”

Bradley A. Smith (Federal Election Commission, Oct. 16, 2001): “The solution to political corruption then is to return to the Constitution, not to depart from it even farther than we already have.”

Peace and safety rests within our hands. If we are not successful, destruction will follow.

If the arch of honesty, respect, self-control and righteousness disappear, America will be left among the ashes of past civilizations.

 

Robert C. Anderson

Spring City

 

UDOT, DWR should take steps to prevent deer and elk slaughter

 

03-14-2019

 

Another winter is about over and deer have been slaughtered on the highways of Sanpete County. I wonder why the Department of Transportation and the Division of Wildlife Resources are not doing more for Sanpete County.

These elk were all killed in collisions with vehicles on U.S. 89 just south of Manti.

Most counties throughout Utah have deer fences and/or deer crossings over or underneath the road. I would hope to see the Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife more involved; and where is the voice of our county commissioners?

I am hoping the people of Sanpete County will come together and maybe we can make something happen.

I know it will be a real challenge to keep the deer off of the highways. One suggestion is to put in deer fences and/or deer crossings. I know the farmers don’t want to have to open and close their gates all the time, so installing 30-foot cattle guards would solve that issue. Another suggestion is installing solar panel electric gates.

People of Sanpete County, DOT, DWR, SFW, Mule Deer Foundation and county commissioners, let’s come together to make our voices heard.

 

Randall J. Cox

Sterling

Jamie Bawden

Jamie Bawden

 

Canada Vancouver Mission – Homecoming

 

03-14-2019

 

Jamie Bawden has recently returned home from serving in the Canada Vancouver Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is the daughter of Mark and Merianne Bawden.
She will report on Sunday, March 17 at 9 a.m. at the Sterling chapel.

Garrett Rasmussen

Garrett Rasmussen

 

Paraguay Asunscion North Mission – Homecoming

 

03-14-2019

 

Garrett Rasmussen returned home from the Paraguay Asuncion North Mission last Thursday. He will be speaking in the Spring City 1st Ward, 900 N. Main St, on March 17 at 9 a.m.

Garrett is the son of Dan and Stacey Rasmussen (Spring City), and the grandson of Linda and the late Osral Allred (Spring City) and the late Charles and Jean Rasmussen.

 

Afton William “Bill” Peterson

Afton William “Bill” Peterson

 

03-14-2019

 

Afton William “Bill” Peterson, 72, passed away March 8, 2019 in Topeka, Kansas, following a cardiac arrest.

He was born to Martha Lois Tooth and Afton B. Peterson on Nov. 20, 1946 in Ogden, Utah. He married Cindy Lee Nestman Aug. 7, 1969 in Ogden. They were blessed with two amazing children, Jen and Will, who, along with their spouses, were a huge part of his life.

Bill was raised and attended school in Ogden where he graduated from Bonneville High School. Many of those high school friends are still a part of his life today. Bill spent the summers of his youth in Manti with his grandparents on the Tooth family farm where he also made many lifelong friends and developed a great love for Manti. He jumped at the opportunity to move there with his family in 1980.

Throughout his life, Bill had various occupations, including retail management, EMT, insurance agent, business owner, and musician. Bill, with his wife Cindy, owned and operated a long-term care facility in Mayfield and then in Centerfield for over 20 years. He served as president of the Utah Health Care Association and was a member of the American Health Care Association.

In 1981, after losing his sight in a snowmobile accident, Bill dedicated over 25 years to creating and supporting his not-for-profit corporation Palisade Pals. Through this organization, he provided countless opportunities for people with disabilities. Bill’s community service also included a term on the Manti City Council, a term as the Sanpete County Democratic chairperson, and most importantly, president of the Utah Council of the Blind.

Bill is survived by his wife, Cindy; his children: Jennifer (Gerald) Christiansen, Manti; William (Laura) Peterson, Topeka, KS; grandchildren: Colt (Sierra) Christiansen, Melissa Mason, Kyle Christiansen, Kellie (Brian) Hudson; great-grandchildren: Kane Christiansen, Kannon Christiansen, Harlee Christiansen, Sophie Christiansen, Kolten Mason, Anna Mason, and Jameson Hudson. Bill is also survived by many other family and friends as he never knew a stranger.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Howard “Pinky” Kribs; and siblings: Bruce Peterson, Ann Peterson, and Dale Peterson.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Manti High School Auditorium. A public viewing will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. at Magleby Mortuary in Manti.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Utah Council of the Blind, PO Box 1415, Bountiful, Utah 84011-1415. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

Rhonda Mecham Peterson

Rhonda Mecham Peterson

 

03-14-2019

 

Our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend Rhonda Mecham Peterson, age 36, was reunited with our Heavenly Father and many loved ones on March 9, 2019, in Gunnison.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1983 to A. Quay and Sharon Mecham of Axtell. Rhonda was the third of five daughters.

Rhonda married the love of her life, Lonnie Christian Peterson, for time and all eternity in the Manti Temple on Dec. 18, 2004. They have three beautiful children.

To know Rhonda was to love her. She was very outgoing. Her laugh was contagious and she was a bright light in our lives. She was so fun to be around and always had a great sense of humor, she was just so funny.

If you were with her you were having a good time. She was compassionate, selfless, and loved everyone unconditionally. She was a beautiful person inside and out.

Rhonda was very adventurous and loved the outdoors. She loved hunting, camping, snowmobiling, dirt biking, snowboarding, shed hunting, wake boarding, hiking, and was fascinated in Native American history and artifacts.                                             Rhonda was amazing, there wasn’t anything she couldn’t do or fix; she turned “their” garage into a wood shop, she was restoring her high school car, “The Nova”, and enjoyed working with leather, making jewelry, and cooking. There wasn’t a sport that Rhonda didn’t love and she excelled in softball and basketball. She was a great athlete. Rhonda had a passion for shoes—her motto was “If the shoe fits buy one in every color.”

While in high school she earned her pharmacy tech license and then after graduating from Gunnison Valley High School she worked as an EMT. She then pursued her education at Southern Utah University graduating with a bachelor’s in physical education.

She was accepted into a PA program back East which she turned down to be a stay-at-home mom. She just recently started working towards her master’s degree.

Rhonda was a wonderful, loving wife and mother. Her kids were her pride and joy and were part of all of her adventures. She loved being with family and had a special bond with each of her grandparents. Her best friends were her sisters who were always there for each other and always had the best times together.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held various callings in scouts, Young Women’s, and Primary. She had a strong testimony of our Savior, studied the scriptures personally and with her family and attended the temple regularly.

We are grateful for the special memories we share with her. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by her wonderful husband, Lonnie ; children: Paige, Lafe, and Sophie; parents Quay and Sharon Mecham; sisters: Maghan (Kade) Hansen, Emily (Mike) Madsen, Laura (Cody) Blackett, and Nicole Mecham; grandmother, Barbara Bown. Her in-laws include: Lonnie’s parents, Dale and Nedra Peterson; his siblings: Kurtley (Shara) Peterson, Richard (Sonia) Peterson, Libby (Cameron) Murphy, Ross (Mekenzy) Peterson; she also had many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by grandparents: James Bown, Austin and Bernitta Mecham.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Gunnison Stake Center. Friends may call at the stake center Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday morning, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Gunnison City Cemetery.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

Jerry Chad Jacobson

Jerry Chad Jacobson

 

03-14-2019

 

Jerry Chad Jacobson, 76, passed away March 7, 2019 in Richfield. He was born Sept. 2, 1942 in Ephraim, to Chad Oris Ray and Anna Beth Lyons Jacobson. He married Jane Roberts they later divorced. He married Vicki Ann Duncan, Nov. 26, 1992 in Mt. Pleasant. She preceded him in death Feb. 1, 2018.

He was an example to everyone around. He lived life to the fullest his way. Jerry loved to hunt and fish. He was well known for being able to clean all wildlife in record time. He was a good father, hard working, and had a green thumb. His warm hugs, sparkling eyes and welcoming smile will be missed by all.

He is survived by his children: Chad (Charla) Jacobson, Orem; Shelle (Scott) Taylor, Orem; step-kids: Jenica (Cody) Ross, Richfield; Natalie Shepherd, Richfield; Josh (Miranda) Shepherd, Richfield; 11 grandchildren 1 great-granddaughter; siblings: Nancy (Lynn) Gottfredson, Allen (Cindy) Stewart, Tom (Jolene) Stewart; brothers-in-law: Dan Osborn and Jerry Draper.

Also preceded in death by parents; siblings: Beverly Larkin, JoAnn Osborn, Maxeen Draper, Gloria Kellogg, Leonard Stewart, Lila Waterfall, Dickie Jacobson, Vernon Stewart.

A memorial service will be held March 16, 2019 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 365 South 900 East Orem. Come share a memory and enjoy a luncheon. Cremation services have been held.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

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Gunnison plans housing resource fair to encourage local housing growth

 

By Robert Stevens

 

03-14-2019

 

GUNNISON—City leaders are hosting a housing resource fair on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at Gunnison City Hall to give people information on home-purchase and home-finance options.

The event is part of an effort to create more housing in the city, to prepare for future growth and to encourage people who work in Gunnison to live there as well.

“The city is sponsoring this event in order to connect our local people to the resources that are available for home owners and future homeowners, such as rehab and weatherization projects, first-time mortgages, reverse mortgages and various federal programs for low and moderate-income housing opportunities,” says Gunnison Mayor Lori Nay.

A number of experts will be on hand to offer advice and information. “These experts can answer questions about debt-to-income ratios and how to prepare to buy a house, along with details of state and federal programs that may be available for your benefit,” Nay says.

They can answer questions such as, “How much can I afford to pay for a home?”, “What kind of loan can I qualify for?” and “What would be my payment per month?,” the mayor said.

“For instance,” she said, “a family making $50,000 who has no debt, can potentially qualify for an $180,000, 33-year loan with a payment of $750 a month.”

Among other experts, Sharlene Wilde and Eric Jorgensen from Neighborworks Community Development Foundation of Salt Lake City will share information on how first-time buyers can participate in USDA Rural Development programs.

The evening won’t be just about getting into a home; it will also offer resources for people looking for home improvement options.

Representatives from the Six County Housing and Community Action team will share information about various federal programs for weatherization and rehabilitation, including grants for insulation, air sealing, heat efficiency, and health-and-safety items such as carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.

There are several crisis grant programs available for qualified homeowners to repair or replace broken furnaces and water heaters. There will also be information available on the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), a loan program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where the interest is determined by income and can be as low as 1 percent.

“There will be a formal question-and-answer time and an informal time where people can meet directly with these experts,” Nay says. “The city hopes many people will come and learn about these resources and benefit from this housing resource fair.”

After the resource fair, at 7 p.m., the city council will review the results from a local housing study.

As part of Gunnison City’s General Plan update and because of the council’s desire to focus further on housing issues, a study was conducted on housing inventories and housing needs.

James Wood from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and Marci Milligan of Lotus Community Development will go over the results.

“After reviewing these results and receiving input from the public, the city will draft a 2-year action plan to better meet our housing needs,” Nay says.

“Better housing opportunities for Gunnison City is economic development for Gunnison City,” she says.

According to Nay, currently only 51 percent of the people who work in Gunnison live in the Gunnison Valley. Statistics gathered during formulation of the general plan found the city is growing 1 to 2 percent annually, which is below the growth rate of surrounding cities in Sanpete and Sevier counties.

“The city is committed to improving housing opportunities and a healthy growth of its population and asks for the public’s input and support in these efforts,” Nay says.

Gunnison leaders express hope community can move on from explosive sex abuse case

 

By Robert Stevens

 

03-14-2019

 

GUNNISON—People who had an official role in or were close observers of the explosive juvenile sex abuse case that was settled late February agreed on three things when interviewed last week.

They said the case had been exceptionally hard for the whole community and for them personally, they were relieved that the justice system had dealt with the problems, and they hoped everyone could move on.

One of the first steps toward healing divisions and making sure nothing like the recent case happens again may be a town meeting next Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. at Gunnison Valley High School.

The meeting is sponsored by “Stand Up, Speak Out,” a program initiated by student body officers at the high school.

The recent case in which sexual and physical assaults of young people apparently went on for years without being reported to police reflects a cultural issue, says Melissa Judy, advisor to student body officers and a former Gunnison city councilwoman.

“The purpose of the program (the town hall) is to bring us back together again, not just the school, but the whole community,” she said. “We hope to create a cultural change, not only in the school, but in the community.”

The abuse case cut deeper community divisions than almost any controversy in Sanpete County in years.

Judge Brody Keisel of the 6th District Juvenile Court noted as much in admonitions to both sides at the beginning of the sentencing hearing for a 16-year-old defendant on Feb. 26.

“This is a smaller community,” he said. “It’s a wonderful community in so many different ways….But when matters happen sometimes in a small community, it gets to be very difficult. Neighbor becomes disagreeing with neighbor, friend with friend, sometimes even in families, there’s disagreements.

“Tone it down,” he told people who were in the courtroom to make personal statements prior to sentencing. “This goes to both sides.”

A law enforcement official who asked not to be named said the behavior of the 16-year-old, who ended up with serious charges, had been a “systemic problem for a number of years” and it took police intervention to stop the behavior.

The Gunnison Valley Police Department (GVPD), he said, originally recommended 25 criminal counts. The county attorney ended up charging 11 counts, and in a plea agreement, the youth admitted to eight counts.

“It’s been a tough case for Carl,” the official said, referring to Carl Wimmer, the school resource officer at Gunnison Valley High School and a member of the GVPD, who ended up as lead investigator in the case.

“Officers have had to stand up to a lot of criticism while maintaining a neutral position,” the official said. “All we are is fact finders. We don’t make decisions” on prosecutions.

Following sentencing, the GVPD posted a statement on its Facebook page commending youth and parents who came forward and reported assaults, and then made statements in court.

“The Gunnison Valley Police Department wants to publicly honor and recognize the courage of the many victims and families in the recent sexual abuse case,” the post read.

“For more than an hour at court this week, victim after courageous victim stood, faced their attacker and spoke truth…We could not be more proud of how the victim families have conducted themselves.”

Blake Donaldson, a city councilman, said he had been friends with the grandfather of the youth who was charged for decades. He agreed with the Messenger’s observation that the youth’s family had given tremendous service to the community.

But he said, “If all those things (described in court) happened, how can you take sides? It’s pretty cut and dried.”

Of the upcoming town hall, he said, “I think that’s the best thing. People need to support coming together.”

He said Gunnison City is beginning to look into a national program called “Communities That Care,” which is credited with cutting teen smoking, drug use and delinquency as much as a third in towns where it has been implemented.

“The basic thing is we need some time to heal,” said Kent Larsen, superintendent of the South Sanpete School District, who lives in Gunnison.

“The justice system will do its part. Its purpose is to heal (the youth) and take care of their problems.”

Two youth victims said in court that they knew of the behavior of the 16-year-old being reported to adults years before it was reported to police, but nothing had been done. The youths didn’t specify who the reports were made to.

Larsen said it would have been nearly impossible for a complaint that reached the school administration, or even a teacher, to not be investigated and for action to not be taken.

He said every complaint of a student behavioral problem is documented in writing, and administrators and teachers are trained to get back to the person who made the complaint and report the action taken.”

“We have checks and balances in place,” he said. “We hardly ever let (a complaint) rest with one person. It’s pretty hard to let something go with that many faces on it. To say nothing gets done is pretty hard to prove or even assume.”

Kim Pickett, who represents the Gunnison Valley on the South Sanpete School Board, said the schools board was “attacked from every side” during investigation and adjudication of the case. “Every group has attacked us for siding with the other group,” he said.
“Let’s move on,” he said. “I hope that people can work together in a positive sense.”

Judy said students at Gunnison Valley High School have already put the abuse controversy behind them.

Student officers and administrators have “made great strides” in implementing the Stand Up, Speak Out program the officers outlined at a packed school board meeting at the height of the controversy.

One element of the program is teachers delivering lessons on character and communication during advisory periods. Teachers give one lesson every other week.

Some of the topics are “What it means to be trustworthy,” “Resiliency” and “Celebrating you.”

Students have discussions with their advisory teachers and write in journals about the topics.

The goal is to help students “know their teachers on a personal level” so they feel comfortable talking to them about any problem they are having at school or at home, Judy said.

Sanpete ‘womenpower’ on display at regional Sterling Scholar competition

 

By Suzanne Dean

 

03-14-2019

 

Lucy Kay Quinn (left), Bethany Brynne Lamb and Carli Johansen of North Sanpete High School celebrate their selection as regional Sterling Scholars

RICHFIELD—On Dictionary.com, the words women and power are run together to create the word “womenpower,” which is defined as “potential or actual power from the endeavors of women.”

Womenpower in Sanpete County was on display last Tuesday, March 5 at Richfield High School as four young women from local high schools were named regional Sterling Scholars.

Anna Allred from Manti High School, daughter of Julie and Phil Allred of Ephraim, won the top honor in world languages.

There were three winners from North Sanpete High School. Lucy Kay Quinn, daughter of Jason and Kay Quinn of Fairview, was the winner in visual arts. Carli Johansen, daughter of Darin and Lori Johansen of Spring City, was selected in business and marketing education, while Bethany Brynne Lamb, daughter of Ron and Nicole Lamb of Fountain Green was chosen in speech, theater and forensics.

Biographies read by Kevin Kitchen, a communications manager for the Utah Department of Transportation in Richfield and master of ceremonies, showed what the young women had accomplishments across the spectrum, often in fields other than the ones in which they were honored.

For instance, Anna Allred, the honoree in world languages, has played volleyball and basketball all four years of high school. Lucy Kay Quinn, the winner in visual arts, has taken piano for 10 years and plays lead saxophone in her school band. Carli Johansen, who won in business and marketing, helped build a school in Ghana, Africa. And Bethany Lamb, winner in speech, theater and forensics, has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school.

KariLynn Cox, an adult volunteer who has helped Manti High School nominees prepare portfolios and rehearse for interviews for the past 10 years, says contenders are judged on general scholarship, scholarship or talent in their fields, leadership, community service and a final interview before judges.

“You like to see them really well rounded,” she says. “You like to see a lot of motivation in serving the community in their category.”

Anna Allred of Manti High School was named Sterling Scholar in world languages.

Twelve students from Manti and North Sanpete were named runners up. Runners up from Manti were Mason Thompson, son of Wesley and Susan Thompson of Ephraim, business and marketing; Jessica Corelsen, daughter of Stephen and Brittany Cornelsen of Ephraim, social science; Andrew Olsen, son of Darrel and Corinne Olsen of Ephraim, science; Josh Peterson, son of Matthew and Jennifer Peterson of Manti, speech, theater and forensics; Anna Johnson, daughter of Clifford Johnson and Madeline Johnson of Ephraim, music; and Jaden Sterner, son of Greg and Lindsey Sterner of Manti, general scholarship.

North Sanpete runners up were Kaleb Cox, son of Spencer and Abby Cox of Fairview, social science; Abigail Clawson, daughter of Jayson and Tonya Clawson of Mt. Pleasant, English and literature; Marley Booher, daughter of Jim and Nora Booher of Fairview, music; Coldir Cox, son of Preston and Robyn Cox of Fountain Green, computer and information technology; Lucy Anderson, daughter of Lynn and Pam Anderson of Spring City, world languages; and Hayes Bailey, son of Earl and Aleesha Bailey of Chester, trade and technical education.

Gunnison Valley, which entered students in just six of 15 categories, did not have any winners or runners up this year.

Craig Mathie, vice president of student success at Snow College, was at the awards program to announce a new Snow initiative.

“I feel your energy and I’m inspired by your amazing accomplishments,” Mathie said, adding that Snow would offer a part-tuition scholarship to every student nominated for Sterling Scholar by a high school, “regardless of placement in regional competition.”

The Deseret News has sponsored the Sterling Scholar program for 56 years. This year, the state was divided in to seven regions or areas. Students from more than 130 high schools participated.

Adult volunteers play a key role in the program. For 25 years, Mavanee Loftus, a former reporter for the Richfield Reaper and a secretary for the Sevier County School District, was one of the coordinators of the Central Region awards, including getting press releases about Sterling Scholars to small newspapers in the region. She died last year and was memorialized at the ceremony.

The current volunteer co-chairs for the Central Region are Paul and Molly Foster. Paul Foster is director of parks and recreation for Richfield City.

Spring City mulls creating master plan

 

By James Tilson

 

03-14-2019

 

SPRING CITY—Looking toward future growth, the Spring City Council entertained the idea of creating a “master plan” for infrastructure improvements and discussed the possibility of hiring a fire engine boss.

Mayor Neil Sorensen told the council the city’s plans to upgrade their water, sewer and power infrastructure would benefit from being combined into an overall “master plan.” Not only would it help to coordinate the city’s planning, it will also assist in finding funding for the various projects, he said.

“We definitely need a master plan so that we can pursue funding,” said Sorensen. “A master plan will identify needs, but will not specify exact details. It will address Spring City for 20 years of growth.”

In order to identify those future needs, Sorensen along with Jim Bennett, Craig Poulson and George Kinsey created a map showing all the sewer lines, water lines and roads in Spring City limits, along with areas that needed sewer and water line extensions and road improvements.

Based on the map, Sorensen told the council he “roughly” estimated that Spring City would need another 33,500 linear feet of sewer line, at an approximate cost of $1 million. It would also need another 20,000 linear feet of water line, at an approximate cost of $800,000. And it would need another 15,000 linear feet of roadway, with an approximate cost of $150,000 to bring the roads up to gravel, or $300,000 to pave the roads.

The total cost of infrastructure improvements, without adding in possible power improvements, would be $2.2 million. Sorensen noted most of the new lines would be north, south and east ends of the city.

Sorensen also noted the town would eventually need to address the corroding “pen-stock,” or hydro-line pipes that run from the city’s water sources to its hydro-electric generators. Sorensen said the lines had lost almost 30 percent of their capacity due to corrosion. The cost of replacing those lines would bring the total cost of infrastructure improvements to $3.2 million.

Councilman Cody Harmar brought a proposal to the council asking the city to hire a fire engine boss. He explained that after last year’s funding struggles, the fire department looked for new ways to raise funding. They met with great success, largely on the back of wildfire fighting efforts.

Harmar said the fire department earned $130,000 fighting wild fires last year, of which half went straight to members. Approximately $30,000 of those funds went toward repairs, improvements and training, leaving about $36,000 profits over expenses.

By hiring a fire engine boss, Harmar explained, the fire department could earn even more this coming summer. A fire engine boss would be able to take a truck and crew to wider number of areas (out of state, for example) to a larger number of fires.

Sorensen expressed his concern that he did not completely know how this proposal would fit in Spring City’s next budget. The council in general agreed, saying they were in favor of the proposal, but couldn’t act on it without more information. The proposal was deferred to next month, on the condition Harmar continued to prepare the paperwork and advertising.

Courtney Syme, representative from Spring City’s Veterans Memorial Association, spoke to the council about the association’s plans to continue to improve the newly erected veterans’ memorial. Syme told the council the original plan had been to create a “garden corner” on the city’s property, and further improvements were planned. The next projects would be to improve the sidewalks around the memorial, and to re-configure the sprinkler system to protect the memorial.

Syme said the association still had funds available to make the improvements, but may request assistance from the city on certain parts of the projects. Sorensen agreed the city would be helping the association, and had anticipated the projects from previous discussions.

Pantry reports ‘shoestring’ budget to county commission

 

By James Tilson

 

03-14-2019

 

MANTI—The leaders of the Sanpete Pantry came back to the county commission a second time to update them on the status of their fundraising efforts.

“We are on a shoestring right now,” said Pantry president Jeff Jarman. “We need any help we can get.”

Jarman and Sean Kearney appeared before the commission last month, and were advised to go to the mayors in Sanpete County to gauge their interest.

Jarman told the commission the mayors were interested in helping, and they came back to the commission to see if the county would be able to help any more than they already were.

“We operate with about 90 percent volunteers,” said Jarman. “And we are getting fewer and fewer all the time.” Jarman listed the major events that Pantry runs each year for fund-raising: The Drive 4 Food golf tournament, the ATV ride, multiple 10K runs and a bowling tournament.

“All of our events take volunteers to run,” he said. “And our volunteers are burning out; they are mostly retirees. Some of them are in their eighth or ninth year of doing this. We are pushing this so much, so we can give our volunteers a break, and not fundraise so hard.”

Commissioner Scott Bartholomew reminded the Pantry the county already contributed quite a bit to the Pantry. “The County provides a building for Pantry, with a $1 per year lease, and the building is insured by the county, and we pay the utilities as well. In Fayette, persons have the ability to pay a portion of their bill to the Pantry. Our county budget is just as tight as everyone else’s.”

Commissioner Ed Sunderland asked the Pantry if they received any money from the state. Kearney listed two programs run by the state: The Emergency Food Network and Qualified Emergency Food Assistance Fund and one run by the Six County Area Association of Governments, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Altogether, those programs bring in $17,500 per year to the Pantry. “That’s less than what the Drive 4 Food brings in,” Kearney said.

In the end, the Pantry and the commission agreed the Pantry would have to return in the fall when the commissioners were contemplating the new budget. “Plain and simple, our budget is set. We can’t do anything until this fall,” the commissioners said.

Wales Town goes full steam ahead with plans for community safety building

 

By Teri Forbes

 

03-14-2019

 

WALES—It’s full steam ahead for the Town of Wales, which is planning to begin construction on a new, much-needed community safety building this spring.

The first of the final steps to make the new safety building a reality was completed as the town council convened March 5 with a welcome by the Town Mayor Keith S. Jensen.

Since Wales received the Community Impact Board’s (CIB) approval for the safety building, this council meeting was focused on the approval and adoption of Wales Town Resolution No. 2019-01. This is step one for the creation of a Wales LBA, meaning the “local building authority.”

The LBA is a nonprofit corporation with bylaws with articles of incorporation filed with the state. The LBA Board will consist of the mayor and council (board members). All future projects will be run through the LBA.

Wales retained the law firm of Blaisdell, Church & Johnson, LLC, as legal counsel to assist in the LBA process by preparing the legal docs and gathering council signatures to make it official and compliant with state law. Jeanette Johnson, paralegal of the law firm, explained to the council that this was standard practice.

The resolution was unanimously adopted following council member Byron Davis’ statement that “all is hunky dory.”

Looking forward to the council meeting next month in April, it is anticipated that a Bond Resolution will be adopted; this is step two. Then, step three in May there will be access to the funds. Construction is anticipated to begin in June.