Archives for September 2017

Robbie Dee Hatfield

 

Robbie Dee Hatfield

 

Robbie Dee Hatfield, 56, of Mayfield, Utah, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born June 26, 1961, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Dee and Sandra Hatfield. He had two sisters, Jaylene and Shelly. He married Cindy (Willden) Hatfield in May of 1984. Together, they had three children: Justin (Alicia) Hatfield of West Jordan; Dustin (Tiffany) Hatfield of Midvale; and Jessica Gorder of Salt Lake City.

Robbie was passionate about hunting and fishing. He loved fall in the mountains and shared his love for the outdoors with his father, brother-in-law, and especially, his two sons. He was very hard working and well known for helping everyone and anyone who needed him.

He had five grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, and they equally adored him. He always greeted everyone with an infectious smile and rosy cheeks. Robbie dedicated 23 years to UDOT where he made countless friends.

Graveside services and interment was held Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in the Mayfield Cemetery at 1 p.m.

A celebration of life will be held in his honor for friends and family Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. at his son’s home in West Jordan. Please call for the address: Justin (801) 635-9526.

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

A donation may be made in his name to The ACPMP Research Foundation @ https://acpmp.org.

Mary Ann Sorensen

 

Mary Ann Sorensen

 

Mary Ann Sorensen, our loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and teacher passed away Sept. 16, 2017 after a valiant fight with cancer. She never once complained of the pain or discomfort she was in and kept her sense of humor until the end.

She was born on Oct. 3, 1961 to Calvin and Mary Lu Garlick in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.  She grew up working hard on the family farm in Fairview Utah.

She graduated from North Sanpete High School where she had served in the student council, drill team, and pep clubs.  She later attended Snow College.

She married Mark Ray Sorensen on Dec. 5, 1987 and lived in Spring City, Utah.  Together they had one daughter, Malinda Sorensen, who has been the light and joy of their lives.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and would do anything for anyone regardless of the need.  There was no person young or old that she would not go out of her way to help when needed.

She was always there to help and support her family and friends in whatever challenge life had thrown them.  She loved life and had a great sense of humor.  She liked watching her football and basketball games on TV and her evening rides around town with Malinda. She enjoyed her trips with her family to Washington, Mexico and Canada.

She has worked for the Mt. Pleasant Elementary School for the past 29 years, where she loved teaching kids to read. She loved her job and was always looking for any child that was in need of help.  No one would go without if she could possible help it.  It brought her great joy to see “her kids” learn and excel each new school year.

One of her greatest joys was running into former students and having them come running up to meet her with a hug and a smile and keeping up with their lives.  She loved her Avon job and her “Avon Ladies” that she diligently kept track of for the last 29 years as well.  There are countless number of lives that have been touched by her compassion and service. Heaven has truly gained an Angel of Mercy.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Ray and her daughter Malinda Sorensen; her parents, Calvin and Mary Lu Garlick; brother, Robert (Janeen) Garlick; sisters, Becky (Barry) Olsen, and Nancy Garlick; brothers-in-law, Michael (Jane) Sorensen, Neil (Kimberly) Sorensen; sister-in-law, Ruth (Joe) Nielson, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father-in-law: Lee Ray and Venice Sorensen.

The family would like to thank the nurses that work through hospice for their caring and professional services in her final hours.

A viewing will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Cedar Creek Ward in Spring City, Utah from 9-10:30 a.m. with burial in the Spring City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Online condolences Rasmussenmortuary.com.

Douglas Lee Bessey

 

Douglas Lee Bessey

 

Douglas Lee Bessey, aka “The Chef” died peacefully at home in Ephraim on Sept. 17, 2017 at the age of 84.  He was born and raised in Manti by his delightful mother, Ethel Bench Ahlstrom who instilled in him a deep appreciation of well-prepared foods and a strong work ethic.

Doug graduated from Manti High School in 1951. He received an honorable discharge from the US Army in 1955 after spending two years in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Doug married Sibyl Olsen in 1957.  Together they raised three children and divorced in 1989.   Doug and Sibyl were owners of the Dairy Queen and later The Embers Café in Ephraim.  The Embers was a community-gathering place for young workers, customers, and served delicious homemade recipes that he crafted.

Doug also worked for many years in the road construction industry as a highly skilled and respected blade runner.  This work took him into the expansive landscape of southern Utah and beyond.  He loved the out-of-doors, especially the desert and red rock country.  He also loved the smell and flames of a well-crafted fire made from juniper and pinion pine that he gathered on the San Rafael Swell.

Junior astronomer, painter, gardener and avid reader were some of the many hats that he wore.  He was so interested in the natural world and the mysteries of life.  He instilled the ability to wonder and question in his children and grandchildren.

Doug loved meeting new people and always had a large circle of friends.  His quick wit, humor and love of a good story or joke were his hallmarks.  Hunting, fishing, and gathering around a dutch oven at camp with friends and family brought him much joy through the years.

Doug is survived by his three children: Karl S. Bessey (Ephraim); Lynda and Jeff Gallagher, Las Vegas, Nevada; Joan Bessey, Portland, Oregon; brothers: Bob Bessey, Manti and Larry Bessey, Palm Springs, California; six grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the At Home Healthcare and Hospice staff that offered the compassionate care and assistance which allowed him to stay at home.  Amanda thanks you for your presence and kindness.  We would also like to thank Tina Chapman who offered much care, friendship, humor and brightness to each day.  Our hearts are full of gratitude for all that you have done for our dad.

A graveside service will be held in the Manti cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 am.  Everyone is welcome.

We will miss you, dad.  Thanks for all of the memories and lessons.  We will hold you in our hearts and look for you in the Milky Way.

Nancy and Cal Barnett

Nancy and Cal Barnett 50th

Cal and Nancy (Jacobson) Barnett of Manti celebrated 50 years of marriage on Sept. 20, 2017.

They were blessed with three daughters: Stacey (Val) Hill of Chandler, Arizona; Shelley (Michael) Marlin of Acworth, Georgia; and Sharon (AJ) Mower of Manti and 12 grandchildren.

They enjoy spending time with their families, especially their grandchildren, and hope to celebrate many more years together.

Bailey Simons

Bailey Simons

Farewell

Germany Frankfurt Mission

Sept. 23, 2017

 

Bailey Simons, son of David and Allison Simons of Manti, has accepted a call to serve in the Germany Frankfurt LDS Mission. She will speak on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Manti 10th Ward, Manti Tabernacle at 9 a.m.

She will enter the Missionary Training Center on Oct. 4, 2017.

Grandparents are Pauline and Que Simons of Manti and Tom and Sue Dorsett of Branford, Florida.

Jamie Bawden

Jamie Bawden

Farewell

Vancouver, Canada Mission

Sept. 23, 2017

 

Jamie Bawden has been called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

Saints in the Vancouver, Canada Mission.

She will speak at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 in the Sterling Ward on 20 South Main.

Jamie is the daughter of Mark and Merianne Bawden.  She will enter the Provo Missionary Training Center on Sept. 27, 2017.

Traeson Hatch

 

Traeson Hatch

Farewell

Antananarivo Madagascar Mission

Sept. 21 2017

 

Traeson Hatch has been called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Antananarivo Madagascar Mission.

He will prepare to preach the gospel in the Malagasy language.

He will enter the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.  He will speak in the Centerfield 1st Ward sacrament meeting on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m.  All friends and family are invited to attend.

Traeson is the son of Kiersten Hatch and Steven Hatch.  He is the grandson of Reed and Josie Roberts of Centerfield and Lynn and Charlotte Hatch of Salina.

This trailer promoting Gov. Gary Herbert’s goal of creating 25,000 jobs in the 25 counties off the Wasatch Front (all Utah counties except Utah, Salt Lake, Davis and Weber) has been accompanying Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox on trips around the state since May. Cox and the trailer will be in Ephraim Oct. 5.

 

Cox to promote ’25K Rural Jobs’ initiative in Sanpete on Oct. 5

 

By Suzanne Dean

Publisher

Sept. 21, 2017

 

EPHRAIM—Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox will visit Sanpete County early next month as part of what is being called the “25K Jobs Launch Tour” promoting an effort to bring 25,000 jobs to nonmetropolitan Utah in the next four years.

The tour is essentially the marketing piece for a program Gov. Gary Herbert mentioned in his 2016 State of the State Address, presented in more detail in his 2017 State of the State, and got down to brass tacks about at the 30th Utah Rural Summit in Cedar City Aug. 3.

Cox and his entourage will roll into Ephraim with an orange and blue trailer containing the words “25K jobs in 25 counties” on the side. The trailer carries materials for booths that are set up and literature that is passed out at each stop.

Since May, Cox has been to several of the 25 counties that are the focus of the jobs effort. (The target counties include all counties except Utah, Salt Lake, Davis and Weber).

The Sanpete stop will be Thursday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Founders Hall in the Noyes Building at Snow College. Business owners, public officials and anyone with an interest is invited.

The event will start with a welcome from one of the Sanpete County commissioners, followed by a presentation by Derek Miller, CEO of World Trade Center Utah, a nonprofit organization that helps Utah companies market products abroad.

Miller will introduce Lt. Gov. Cox, who will speak briefly, followed by lunch and opportunities to visit booths and network with other attendees.

In the last couple of years, Utah has been heralded as one of the fastest growing states in the nation. On several indices, the state has been No. 1.

In February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked Utah No. 1 for private job growth with 3.5 percent more jobs than a year earlier. In the same ranking, the state was No. 2 for total job growth (including the public sector) at 3.3 percent.

In both 2015 and 2016, Utah County had the second highest job growth rate among 343 high-population counties nationwide.. In 2015, the number of jobs in Utah County went up 6.7 percent from the previous year, while in 2016, jobs increased 6.8 percent.

Meanwhile, in February, 2017, Utah’s unemployment rate was seventh lowest in the nation at 3.1 percent, compared to 4.7 percent in the nation as a whole.

But off the Wasatch Front, many areas are not sharing fully in the state’s success. “It is a tale of two Utahs,” Natalie Gouchnour, who was an aide to former Gov. Michael Leavitt and who now heads the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, told the Rural Summit, a gathering of people from the public and private sectors concerned about the quality of rural life in the state.

Eleven Utah counties had fewer jobs in 2016 than before the recession started in 2007, she said. In several counties, the unemployment rate is double the state rate. Some of the counties with high unemployment are experiencing out-migration. (See accompanying graphic.)

Compared to other rural counties in south-central Utah, the Sanpete County economy is above average. Jobs are up 4 percent overall since the recession, although that hardly holds a candle to the nearly 16 percent job growth along the Wasatch Front.

The county has had a couple of good years recently. From March 2014 to March 2016, the county had job growth of 3 to 4 percent compared to the preceding year, which was on a par with Salt Lake and Davis County for those years.

The county’s unemployment rate is above the state rate, but both the county and state rate are substantially below the national rate, which ranged from 4.4 to 4.7 percent.

“When the state overall is doing well, Sanpete does pretty well,” said Kevin Christensen, director of economic development for the county. “But when you hit that recessionary time, Sanpete tends to take a bigger hit. We’re less stable than the Wasatch Front.”

Last January, as he embarked on his second full term, Gov. Herbert told the Utah Legislature, “Tonight I would like us to unite behind the goal of creating 25,000 new jobs in the counties off the Wasatch Front in the next four years.

“Reaching that goal will require unprecedented partnerships to grow and diversify the economy of Utah. To that end, I will work with Lt. Gov. (Spencer) Cox and the Rural Partnership Board, the private sector, and you, the Legislature, to ensure that all Utahns have the same opportunity.”

(The Rural Partnership Board is an advisory panel to rural programs in the Governors Office of Economic Development (GOED).)

But by August, the governor expressed frustration at the slow progress toward the 25,000 jobs goal.

“I’m not as happy as I think I should be about this effort,” he told the Rural Summit. “I feel like we have had great discussions, but we are at the crossroads where we actually have to do something….It’s time for action. The time for talking has passed.”

Both the governor and Lt. Gov. Cox, who also addressed the summit, said that although the state has many resources to help counties and communities, the primary responsibility for job growth rests with local officials and entrepreneurs.

“What are the things that are inhibiting your ability to grow?” the governor asked the Rural Summit participants. “What are the factors slowing or stopping you…stifling your ability to grow your economy in your own backyard?

And, the governor wanted to know, what plans do local officials have to overcome those barriers?

At the Rural Summit, Gov. Herbert asked local officials to come up with answers to his questions. A GOED spokeswoman said the state is asking counties and communities for concrete plans by the end of 2017.

As for Sanpete County, Christensen cited five things that he believes would help the county long-term:

  • Add more passing lanes to S.R. 132 to provide for faster truck travel to the I-15 entrance and exit in Nephi
  • Continue to develop a skilled labor force by adding technical programs and one to two more four-year degree programs at Snow College
  • Get the long-proposed rail spur built from Levan to Salina, giving Sanpete County closer access to rail freight
  • Continue to develop the Manti-Ephraim Airport, including locking in a comprehensive zoning plan around the airport, to enable larger corporate jets to land in the county.

Gunnison leaders explain need for police fee

 

By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Sept. 21, 2017

 

GUNNISON—Residents of Gunnison came out to a public hearing last week to give input, clarify details and express some concerns about a proposed police fee.

The hearing, which took place during Gunnison City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 14, began with Gunnison City Mayor Bruce Blackham explaining that the proposed fee, which would be 25 cents per month added to utility bills, would cover a recent cost increase for maintaining a school resource officer in what is now the Gunnison Valley Police Department (GVPD).

Blackham said that the county, the South Sanpete School District and the communities of Gunnison Valley had negotiated a contract 10 years ago to share the cost of paying for the resource officer.

The contract was up, Blackham said, and the new contract would cost about 9 percent more than the old one, meaning the Gunnison City share would also go up.

The mayor said that when Gunnison was running its own police department and the department had an extraordinary expense, the city council simply transferred money from elsewhere in the general fund to cover the need.

But now the GVPD has been formed and is an independent taxing entity, the mayor said, it is not a good practice for the city to appropriate revenue, beyond budgeted amounts, to cover cost overruns within the independent entity.

The GVPD has not yet exercised its option to levy property tax. Currently, Centerfield is covering its share of the GVPD budget by collecting a $15-per-month fee from its residents. Gunnison is covering its share by transferring what it formerly budgeted for its police department to the joint department.

The proposed 25-cent police fee, which be charged to more than 600 households in town, would raise about $1,700, just enough to cover Gunnison City’s share of the increased cost for the school-resource-officer contract.

Under state law, a public hearing is required to institute a new municipal fee, but once a fee is instituted, it can be raised without a hearing.

Gunnison resident Jonah White told the council he was concerned that the fee could potentially be raised again and again and become an open-ended account.

Councilman Shawn Crane clarified that although the city could technically raise the fee without holding a public hearing, such a fee increase would still have to be put on a council agenda, and all agendas are public. And, Crane said, raising the fee would still require a council vote.

Blackham told the audience he would not feel comfortable raising any fee by a substantial amount without input from the public. “We really do want to be transparent about these things,” Blackham said.

Steve Carter was the next resident to speak up at the hearing. “I moved here 12 years ago,” Carter said. “My (utility) bill has gone from $48 to $106 in that time. My wages sure haven’t doubled. I thought combining the police departments was to save money.”

Council members explained creation of the GVPD had the potential to save money by combining resources of the participating communities.

But officials said the potential savings would be possible only after a couple years of being up and running. And since the multi-city police department was just getting started, unforeseen expenses could arise.

Blackham said that both before and since the GVPD was established, Gunnison has covered unexpected police department expenses with transfers from the general fund. Such transfers have been as high as $7,000 per year.

“You’d be hard pressed to find any city that didn’t have to make transfers from various funds to balance the budget,” Blackham said.

But with the new independent structure of the GVPD, the city needed to get away from that practice, he indicated. With the fee in place, Gunnison City’s share of extraordinary police costs could be met with a contribution from the residents of Gunnison City.

Blackham told the council that, as long as he could recall, he had never seen a fee raised without a public hearing being held, even if it was within the city’s legal right to do so.

“Things might be transparent now,” said hearing attendee Jay Clayton, “but you’re not going to be mayor forever.”

Clayton also said he was worried the GVPD wouldn’t be the money saver residents had hoped for.

Blackham pointed out that the department had faced with some uncommon situations, such as a kidnapping and an accidental death case earlier this year.

“Cop work can be very expensive,” he said. “We didn’t see these things coming. We don’t want to have to do this, but it’s something we have to do to keep moving forward.”

He added, “Is the GVPD everything we’ve hoped for? No, but I think it has amazing potential, and I think it will achieve it.”

Fairview man killed in crash with cow

 

By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Sept. 21, 2017

 

FAIRVIEW—For the second time in a year, black cows on the road near Fairview have led to a serious traffic accident. The most recent accident resulted in a death.

According to Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) Trooper Jared Jensen, at about 5:10 a.m. on Saturday, Randall Hill, 60, of Fairview was northbound on U.S. 89 between Mt. Pleasant and Fairview. Dawn had not broken yet, and visibility was further hampered by fog.

Hill, driving by himself in a white GMC pickup truck, struck a dead cow lying in the middle of the road. Trooper Jensen says the impact caused Hill to spin, lose control of his pickup, run off the road and start rolling.

The GMC rolled over a barbed wire fence and into a power pole. According to the UHP, Hill was partially ejected from the truck and died on the scene. The UHP report said Hill was not wearing a seatbelt.

Hill was not the first driver to hit the cow.

The animal was first struck by a northbound Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by

Salvador Ayala-Javier, 39, from Mt. Pleasant. A little later, the cow was struck by a northbound Honda Civic driven by Eric Aguayo, 23, from Provo. Both vehicles were traveling too fast for the foggy conditions, Trooper Jensen says.

“Other vehicles were able to come through the area at appropriate speed and avoid the carcass,” Jensen says. “Driving at a speed way too fast for conditions of the roadway was

a major contributor to the crashes.”

The Utah Department of Transportation or the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is responsible for removing dead animals from the road, depending on where the carcass is found.

If you see a dead animal in the road, you should call your local county dispatch line to make sure the correct agency is notified.

Nearly a year ago, a similar scenario was played out on the same stretch of road but with more cows.

UHP records show that during October 2016, a Jeep Cherokee with three people inside struck a group of black cows being herded across the road after dark.

The driver of the Jeep never saw the cows and struck them head on, killing six animals  immediately. The Jeep driver and two passengers all received serious injuries, and two were flown to Utah Valley Medical Center.

Proposed Sanpete Steel annexation could be test case for future growth in Moroni

 

By John Hales

Staff writer

Sept. 21, 2017

 

MORONI—Moroni City is considering annexing a sizeable tract of industrial property that some people feel could benefit to the city economy.

Believe it or not, the city is not talking about Norbest.

But a proposal to annex 25 acres where Sanpete Steel is located could provide a test case for doing the same with Norbest in the future.

“This would be a good starting point,” Moroni Mayor Luke Freeman said during a meeting of the city council on Sept. 7.

It’s not a plan so much as just an idea at this point, Freeman said. “We’re just starting to get enough information to start looking through it.”

But the idea has advantages, and proponents described them.

The advantage for Sanpete Steel, said Councilman Thayne Atkinson, who is an employee of the company, is that annexation will make it easier for the steel company to build on its land.

The difficulty Sanpete Steel currently faces in building on the property is that part of the site—the corporate office portion—is inside city limits but the storage area is in unincorporated Sanpete County. Therefore, the company has to deal with two sets of land-use or construction regulations.

The obvious carrot for Moroni is the property and sales tax revenue generated by Sanpete Steel. “It all ought to be going to the city,” Atkinson said, adding that considering the company’s plans to install a million-dollar machine, its potential for sales will grow.

“So it’s got to happen; that could be real good for the city,” he said.

The drawback, as in any annexation in any city, is that once the area is annexed, Moroni is on the hook to provide services.

It’s that issue, particularly with regard to water, that has stymied consideration of annexing the Norbest property.

“We talked a little bit about annexing the processing plant. Is that out?” asked Councilman Todd Anderson.

The short answer is, not completely.

The longer answer is that Moroni and Norbest would have to hammer out how the city would supply water to the company.

Norbest, Freeman said after the meeting, draws from its own wells, and uses about a million gallons a day. The city’s total storage capacity is half that.

But while he was talking about the problem, Freeman didn’t come off as a naysayer. On the contrary, he sounded positive about such an idea—if the water question could be answered.

They mayor said other areas surrounding the city were good candidates for annexation, if the Sanpete Steel plan works out well.

It might be a surprise to some, but North Sanpete Middle School is not in the city limits. Nor are several residential properties in the same area.

A wooden barrier and tarp prevent anyone from getting a peek at the Gunnison Valley Legacy Wall before its unveiling ceremony on Saturday.

 

Last phase of Legacy Plaza unveiled this weekend

 

By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Sept. 21, 2017

 

GUNNISON—The long-awaited unveiling of the Gunnison Valley Legacy Wall happens this weekend.

The unveiling will kick off with the Chalk it Up! festival at 10 a.m. The actual unveiling ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with a short program and dedication by President Greg Rosenvall of the Gunnison LDS Stake.

“After the curtain drops, everyone will finally see what all the fuss is about,” says Lori Nay of the Legacy Wall Committee.

According to Nay, the Legacy Wall mural is a whimsical design of glazed porcelain tiles featuring iconic images of Gunnison Valley that celebrate its residents and highlight the importance of agriculture, wildlife, education and family values, past and present.

Artists Victoria Lyons and Michael Moonbird of  Moonlyon Arts created the designs, and the historic portraits of people and places, honoring local history.

“The wall will be a gathering place and a place to understand our history and forge our future,” Nay says.

At 5:30 p.m., the Original Blue Healers, a group from Salt Lake City that includes strings, brass and percussion, will play until 8 p.m.

According to Nay, “There will be plenty of tables, chairs, good food and friends to welcome and keep you for the whole evening.”

The Legacy Wall is a multi-year project that was conceived in 2010 but didn’t take flight until Gov. Gary Herbert’s Arts and Culture Business Alliance granted $23,000 to the project.

Shortly after, the George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Foundation contributed $25,000.

Nay says the Legacy Wall Committee and the Casino Star Theatre Foundation want to thank the many partners who are making the Legacy Wall dream a reality, such as the Utah Department of Arts and Museums, Gunnison City, the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, and businesses and individuals from our community.

Nay says the committee is hoping to raise the final $5,500 during unveiling activities by sponsoring a raffle offering a scooter, a gazebo, and a $100 gift certificate to South Sanpete Pack.

Also, Nay says, individual donations are welcome and any donors giving $1,000 or more will have their name engraved on a plaque at the wall.

According to Nay, the Legacy Wall and its accompanying clock tower reflect the community’s courageous response to the Top Stop environmental catastrophe of 2007, which created what could have been a vacant property in the center of town.

“Its transformation from an abandoned gas station surrounded by dust and weeds to a public plaza is nothing short of a miracle and a testament to the spirit, vision and toughness of the people of this community,” she says.

Contact lorinay@gmail.com for more information.

With success of temporary skating area, Ephraim considers permanent ice rink

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Sept. 21, 2017

 

EPHRAIM — The Ephraim City Council discussed the possibility of constructing a permanent structure to support an ice rink in Pioneer Park during its regular council meeting last Wednesday.

City Manager Brant Hanson began by telling the council, “We need direction on where to go.”  He pointed out that the city had been using temporary structures to create an ice ring in previous seasons, and those structures were beginning to show wear and tear. The city staff had begun to look into what it would take to create a permanent ice ring.

The solution that Hanson proposed to the council was to build a concrete pad in Pioneer Park. (The temporary ice ring was in Canyon View Park in past seasons).

The pad would have a lip and markings so that in the summer the pad could be used as pickleball and volleyball courts, while in the winter it could be flooded and used as an ice rink.

Hanson said that he felt the “west side of town is being underserved” and he thought a permanent ice rink in Pioneer Park would encourage growth and beautification on that side of town.

Mayor Richard Squire noted that at this point, the city staff should probably start looking at options for pricing size and donations.

Hanson said the city staff had already started down that road and had received oral commitments from the owners of the Maverick store east of park to allow the use of their restrooms for ice rink users.

Councilwoman Marge Anderson cautioned that construction of a permanent structure in Pioneer Park might face some push-back from citizens worried that the park would lose it’s “pioneer” flavor.

Hanson said the city staff had thought about that aspect of the project, but he felt it would not be a big problem. However, he also said that he was open to suggestions for alternative locations.

In response to a question from Councilman Alma Lund, Hanson said there would be  “challenges” to construction of a rink in Pioneer Park, especially in leveling and landscaping.

With the agreement of the council, Mayor Squire told Hanson that the city staff should go forward and come back to the council with firmer options.

Moroni Council considers new ordinances, and how to better enforce of current ones

By John Hales

Staff writer

Sept. 21, 2017

 

MORONI—The consideration of two proposed ordinances developed into discussion of how to enforce certain existing ones at a meeting of the Moroni City Council on Sept. 7.

Mayor Luke Freeman suggested the council consider ordinances that would govern beekeeping and the living in travel trailers.

The council seemed agreeable to both. But wording them so they could be enforced was another matter, Councilman Orson Cook said.

The wording on some city ordinances was so unspecific, Cook said, “that you can get away with just about anything. There’s loopholes in all this stuff, so it’s hard to enforce.”

The discussion started with a look at a potential ordinance regarding beekeeping.

As a starting point, Mayor Freeman suggested an ordinance that would allow up to five beehives to be kept on a property in the city’s residential zone. Any more than that would require a conditional-use permit.

Cook asked how far away from property lines hives would have to be to prevent bee stings or the temptation for children to throw rocks at, or otherwise disturb, hives.

“I’ll do some more research and see what other cities are doing,” Mayor Freeman said.

The council considered another possible ordinance, this one involving travel trailers.

The consensus of council members was that there should not be an outright ban on living in travel trailers but they couldn’t go unregulated either.

“The concern on this is that it’s happening,” Freeman said. “We need to have a definition one way or the other. If it’s going to be allowed, there should be some type of guidance to it.”

Topics a travel-trailer ordinance might address include what areas might be designated for living in the trailers, time limits on using travel trailers as residences (for example, six months) and how to register with the city for such use.

That was when Cook wanted to make sure that any ordinance included enforcement language. “We don’t’ have it (enforcement) real defined,” he said. “That’s just something to think about.”

Examples of non-enforcement followed, though in the cases mentioned, unclear wording didn’t appear to be the issue.

Councilman Jed DeMill brought up the case of two properties in town that had horses on them even though, under city land-use policies, the lots weren’t big enough for horses.

Atkinson mentioned a city resident who built a fence, but didn’t keep the fence to standards set by the city’s building code. “He had no idea he couldn’t do” what he did, Atkinson said.

Atkinson said the city should take a proactive approach to informing people about land-use and building ordinances. “Somehow, they need to get that information when they move in,” he said.

In other business, Councilman Cook requested a closer look at a school-crossing area near North Sanpete Middle School.

“We’ve got school crossing signs there by the Conoco,” Cook said, but “There’s no lights. … I think there’s going to be a problem there.”

The areas he was discussing were just as Main Street extends eastward as Highway 116 toward Mt. Pleasant, and near the junction of 116 and U.S. 89.

Cook asked for thought to be given to additional traffic-control measures, whether they be a staffed crosswalk, lights, more signage and/or pedestrian lane markings.

Moroni Police Chief Justin Atkinson agreed to patrol the area more frequently during school-crossing times.

Planning Commission seeks better regulation on storage structures

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Sept. 21, 2017

 

MANTI—During its last meeting, the Sanpete County Planning Commission discussed a proposed new ordinance governing freestanding structures such as storage buildings.

The ordinance proposed by Zoning Administrator Scott Olson reads as follows: “All parcels/lots must be legal and conforming in the applicable zone for the structure. A single 120-square-foot-maximum, permit-exempt storage shed is allowed in all zones.

“A single structure over 120 square feet is permitted in the A, RA-1 and RA-2 zones with a building permit. The structure must meet current International Building Code (IBC) structural requirements and WUI (wildland-urban interface) mitigation requirements (if located in the WUI overlay zone). Exception: Not allowed on residential and recreational subdivision lots.”

Olson explained that the ordinance sought to restrict unpermitted storage buildings in the county and to exclude such buildings altogether in sensitive, industrial, commercial, residential or recreational zones. However, the ordinance would allow small storage sheds typically purchased at hardware stores for home use.

Commissioner Leon Day expressed his concern that the ordinance was too exclusive. Day said Sanpete County draws many retirees who purchase a plot of land with plans to eventually build a retirement home. In the meantime, they build a barn on the property before they build the house.

The commission agreed to redact the “residential” exception, the provision banning structures that are more than 120 square feet from residential zones, even a building permit.

With the ban on larger freestanding structures in residential zones eliminated, the commission approved the new ordinance.

Badgers blast Mesa, 59-36

By John Hales

Staff writer

Sept. 21, 2017

 

MESA, Arizona—When the Snow College Badgers walked into John D. Riggs Stadium at Mesa Community College last Saturday, they could have done so with revenge on their collective mind. Not only did the Thunderbirds provide a 33-19 drubbing on Badger turf when the two teams met last year, but they stole a national No. 1 ranking away from Snow as well.

But they didn’t. They didn’t have any particular message to give to the Thunderbirds any more so than to other teams throughout the entire NJCAA.

No. 10-ranked Snow’s 59-36 demolition of Mesa, the NJCAA’s No. 6 team, sent that message loud and clear.

“We were trying to set the tone,” sophomore quarterback Shane Johnson said Monday, “let other teams know, just set the standard—and we really mean it.”

In their first four games this year, the Badgers are putting up an average of 58 points on the scoreboard per game.

“I think it’s pretty scary that we put points like that with the mistakes we make,” Johnson said. “Just wait until we play a complete game.”

Apart from a wealth of penalties (19, for which 158 penalty yards were assessed against Snow), it would be difficult for all but the very well-versed to see how the Badgers did not play a complete game against Mesa.

Complementing the Badgers’ perennial strong defense—which has been the teams “bread and butter” for years, says coach Paul Peterson—the Badgers demonstrated an aggressive, no let-up style of play that surged them ahead almost from the start.

Almost.

For the first time this season, the Badgers fell behind their opponents at the outset. At only two minutes into the first quarter, Mesa scored after having the ball only 19 seconds—and only one play—off a Snow College punt.

Never again would Snow give the T-Birds that kind of chance. Although the Badgers had five more fourth downs during the game, a gutsy coach Peterson directed them to go for it every time. They converted twice.

That kind of aggressive hustle, also shown by liberal use of no-huddle offense, helped the Badgers to the win, and is what Peterson is building into his offense.

Speaking of those fourth-down attempts, Peterson said, “We’re always gonna do that, go for it,” at least when the ball is in the 50- to 30-yard-line opposing territory.

Of the team’s offensive style generally, “We’re going to attack, attack, attack.”

After Mesa’s first touchdown, Snow scored five unanswered touchdowns of their own, led by running back D’Arman Notoa (last week’s Western States Football League’s Offensive Player of the Week), whose capable legs ran the ball three times in under 15 minutes.

After those first two minutes, Snow’s offense was unstoppable (they trekked their way to 698 yards total offense), while the defense found Mesa to be quite stoppable.

Those two minutes were what have passed as the Badgers’ only real challenge so far this season.

“Our guys didn’t even flinch at that,” Peterson said. “They just kept going and going and going. It was a great test of adversity that we haven’t had very much of yet.”

The second half was much more subdued, with Snow scoring twice, but still maintaining possession of the ball for nearly as much time as Mesa did, keeping the T-Bird defenders on the field and tired.

“We were gassing them,” Peterson said.

But he admitted that, with a 45-21 lead by halftime, his players had perhaps become too comfortable for comfort. “We’re not gonna be complacent. We’ve got to address that, and stay in our attack mentality.”

Stats-wise, Notoa accounted for 141 yards and three touchdowns; quarterback Johnson ran for 120, threw for 244, and scored three touchdowns himself.

Despite those impressive numbers, it was wide receiver Leon Morgan (playing on quasi-home turf, being from Mesa himself) who was gainer of game—yet not through receptions. Morgan ran six different kickoff returns for 154 total yards.

When the Badgers walked off Riggs Field at the end of the game, it was, perhaps surprisingly, not with the satisfaction of revenge served cold, but only elation that might follow any win.

Peterson wasn’t at Snow last year when Mesa served up a heaping ladleful of disappointment; neither was quarterback Johnson. Neither, the coach said, were all but maybe 12 members of the Badger squad. He didn’t buy into any of that “revenge” talk.

“Our team is so new,” Peterson said. “We’re kinda setting a tone for what this era is going to be like.”

That era, if the first month of it is any indication, is going to be one of player-led, player-driven, cohesive teams. “They’ve bought into that, and they want it,” Peterson said. “They’re playing hard, and they’re playing for each other.”