Radio Hill fire burns 2,300 acres,
30 percent contained as of Monday
July 17, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Box Elder County’s first major blaze of the 2019 fire season has burned over 2,300 acres of private and public land north of Tremonton, and was 30% contained as of Monday evening.
The fire, burning north of Tremonton and east of Bothwell in the hills west of I-15, has been named the “Radio Hill Fire,” due to the communications tower on the hill where it began.
According to County Fire Marshal Corey Barton, the fire was one of many in the area on Sunday night thought to have been ignited by lightning strikes that occurred around 10:30 p.m.
“We had about four different calls on Sunday night for fires in that area,” said Barton. One of the fires extinguished itself, another one was put out by local firefighters, and the remaining two eventually joined into the Radio Hill fire.
On Monday, Barton reported there were more then 120 firefighters on scene, including ground crews, air tankers and helicopters brought in with a response from the Northern Utah Interagency Fire Center (NUIFC). The NUIFC coordinates and dispatches firefighting resources from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Utah State Lands and local agencies.
On Monday firefighters set up containment lines to protect the city of Tremonton and town of Bothwell, and are now working on getting containment around the rest of the fire.
Owners and employees of Winder Dairy stand in front of a fleet of delivery trucks in this 1950s photo. The dairy ended its home delivery operations on Friday.
Utah dairy ceases doorstep delivery after 139 years
July 10, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Last Friday marked the end of an era for one of Utah’s oldest companies, as well as dozens of its customers in the Brigham City area.
Winder Farms, the Salt Lake dairy which has been delivering milk and grocery products to people’s doorsteps since its founding in 1880, has officially stopped home delivery services as of July 5, and will concentrate on distributing products through a network of local grocery stores.
“There have been many changes through the years and we’ve continually adapted since my great-great-great grandfather John R. Winder began selling milk,” said part-owner and sixth generation family member Mike Winder in a prepared statement. “Now that we are two decades into the 21st Century, we must adapt once more.”
Commission requests dispatch relocation
The Box Elder County Commission has joined with Sheriff Kevin Potter in requesting that a new public safety building be constructed to house Box Elder Communications Center, better known as Box Elder Dispatch.
Dispatchers actually work for the Utah Department of Public Safety, but have been housed in the Sheriff Department’s Brigham City office building and jail for the last 20 years.
“Box Elder County would like to write a letter of support for the Box Elder Communications Center staff to be relocated to a public safety building,” reads a letter approved by the commissioners and Potter. “We enjoy the close proximity that we have with the dispatch staff, but as our department continues to grow we could utilize the dispatch space for much-needed office space.”
According to Commission Chair Jeff Scott, a new state-owned public safety building is being looked into for southern Brigham City which would house the local Utah Highway Patrol and the Brigham City Driver’s License Division. County officials believe moving dispatch into that building would be advantageous to the sheriff’s department.
Major west coast quakes won’t affect local faults, but Northern Utah residents should be prepared
July 10, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
With two significant earthquakes hitting southern California in the last week, many Box Elder County residents are wondering if they should be worried about those quakes affecting fault lines here at home.
The short answer, coming from the Utah Division of Emergency management, is two-fold: No, the California quakes won’t affect the Wasatch Fault or other faults in Utah; and yes, we should be worried about earthquakes happening in Utah.
According to the experts, residents should be most worried of a major quake along the Brigham City section of the Wasatch Fault, which runs from South Willard to just north of Honeyville. Geologists from the Utah Geological Survey estimate the Brigham City segment hasn’t had an earthquake in more than 2,000 years, but has had six major quakes in the last 10,000 years, putting it at least 346 years past the average for “the big one.” Other sections along the fault, which runs from Fayette to Malad, are right at the average.
According to Joe Daugherty with Utah Emergency Management, the California quakes, a 6.4 magnitude temblor on July 4 and a 7.1 magnitude on July 5 centered near the city of Ridgecrest, don’t affect Utah.
“The earthquakes are in a completely different fault zone, which means they are not connected to Utah,” he wrote in a July 6 news release. In that release he also explained that the types of faults in California and Utah are different.
“The Ridgecrest earthquake sequence are all strike-slip earthquakes, where the fault plane is moving horizontally,” he said. “In Utah, most of the faults that generate earthquakes are ‘normal faults,’ and move mostly up-down rather than horizontally.”
Dougherty went on to say that even though the California quakes don’t affect Utah, there is reason enough to prepare here regardless.
“In the next 50 years, there is a probability of a magnitude 6.75 or greater earthquake, and a probability of a magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquake in the Wasatch Front region.” He stressed personal preparedness, the ability to take care of yourself and loved ones in the event that an earthquake cuts off essential services.
“Utahns need to realize that our state has a significant earthquake threat. This is why we hold to the great Utah ShakeOut every year, to help everyone have an annual chance to practice for how to respond in a quake. Our Be Ready Utah program has loads of information about how to prepare for earthquakes, or any other emergency, that could happen in Utah.”
Information on how to survive an earthquake, or other disaster, can be found at www.utah.gov/beready/index.html. Box Elder County also has disaster preparedness information at www.boxeldercounty.org/emergency-management.htm.
Courtesy Brigham City Police
Six vehicles were involved in an accident on Monday, when a tow truck lost its brakes coming out of Box Elder Canyon.
One injured in six-vehicle accident on 1100 South
July 3, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A driver of a tow truck has been cited by Brigham City police for failing to stop at a brake-check area coming out of Box Elder Canyon, and for negligent collision, after causing an accident on 1100 South Main Street on Monday that damaged six vehicles and sent one man to the hospital.
According to Lieutenant Tony Ferderber with Brigham City Police Department, the driver of a flatbed tow truck hauling a Dodge pickup lost control heading downhill, westbound on Highway 89 into Brigham City.
“He lost his brakes and ran through the red light,” said Ferderber. “There was a motorcycle in the outside lane northbound, and a Chevy pickup truck in the inside lane northbound. The guy on the motorcycle sees that the truck isn’t stopping, slams on his brakes and ends up laying the bike down with minor damage and no injury to him. The pickup, however, does not see what was going on and continued through the intersection, where the tow track slams into him; broadsides him.”
The pickup was spun around and impacted several vehicles that were southbound on Main, six in total. One person was taken by ambulance to Brigham City Community Hospital, where they were treated and released with minor injuries.
“It could have been a lot worse. I’m glad that guy on the motorcycle saw it and stopped in time, or he could have been sandwiched in-between the two trucks,” said Ferderber.
All vehicles with a gross weight over 10,000 pounds are required to test their brakes at the brake check area before proceeding into Brigham City. Ferderber reported that the tow truck weighed 20,000 pounds unloaded, and probably near 30,000 pounds while carrying the Dodge pickup down the slope.
The intersection of Main Street and Highway 89/91 has been the scene of multiple accidents through the years. Earlier this year, a semi lost its brakes and careened through a cinder block wall bordering a mobile home park on 1100 South.
Cause of death yet to be determined for teen found in Corinne park
July 3, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
The body of a Corinne teenager is undergoing an autopsy by the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City to determine a cause of death, after being found at a Corinne City park on the morning of Thursday, June 27.
According to Chief Deputy Dale Ward of the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department, the body was discovered at approximately 7:50 a.m. at Bill Flack Park, and reported to authorities.
“Deputies responded and found a deceased male later identified as Marcus Elkins, a 16-year-old juvenile. Investigation reveals that Elkins did not die at this location and was brought to the park sometime after death,” said Ward. “Information sources state that Elkins was seen as late at 10 p.m. on Wednesday night in the area of the park. There were no signs of external trauma on Elkins.”
Further investigation by the sheriff’s department revealed that Elkins had been out drinking with three other juveniles, all from Corinne, and that he had suffered some type of incident.
In a press release issued Saturday morning, Ward stated that Elkins had met up with three other teens, all from Corinne, on the night of June 26.
“As reported by the other juveniles involved there was consumption of alcohol during the night,” read the release. “Activities took them between the two parks in Corinne and at some point during their movement Marcus collapsed. The three juveniles moved Marcus to Bill Flack Park from where he collapsed.”
No calls for medical attention were made, and no explanation as to why the incident was not reported has yet been offered by investigators. According to social media accounts by the family of the boy, Elkins was not reported as missing as he was supposed to be spending the night at a friend’s home.
A definitive cause of death has not yet been determined, and no arrests have been made. The case has been turned over to the Box Elder County Attorney for review, where a determination will be made whether to file charges in the death.
Funeral services for Elkins will be held Friday, July 5, at 1 p.m. at Meyers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East,
UDOT to remove wildlife guard
The highway 89/91 west interchange at Mantua will be closed beginning Monday, July 8, as crews remove a wildlife guard and repave the roadway.
The work will close both on and off ramps, and traffic will be diverted to the Mantua 600 North entrance to the community. Work will continue through Thursday, July 11.
The wildlife guard to be removed was installed under the direction of the Utah Division of Wildlife Services, and at a later date the DWR will install an electric-based wildlife guard at the same location.
School board, district chastised about closure of special education preschool
June 19, 2019 • Nancy Browne • Staff Writer
Parents of special needs preschoolers took to the Box Elder School District Board of Education’s meeting Wednesday to voice concern and complaints about the closing of the Early Learning Center (ELC) in Corinne.
Parents expressed frustration at the district’s decision to mainstream their children with students in other elementary schools where they won’t have quick access to bathrooms or therapy equipment like they did at the ELC.
The parents and grandparents of preschooler Ledger Bingham all spoke to the board in opposition of the boy’s required attendance at Fielding Elementary in a classroom they said is inferior to what the ELC provided.
“You’re taking away what’s essential to his education,” said mother Kayla Bingham about Ledger who sat in a wheelchair during the meeting. “If his wheelchair gets broken it will cost a pretty penny to replace.
With the closure of the ELC, special needs preschoolers will attend one of four elementary schools based on proximity to their homes: Fielding, Discovery, Willard or McKinley in Tremonton.
Only parents of kids attending Fielding, which had already been operating as a satellite location of the ELC, spoke at the board meeting.
Superintendent Steve Carlsen told those in attendance that room arrangement at schools “is not the responsibility of the board. But next week, we’ll call you and do our best to address all your concerns. We want to address the needs of our young and most vulnerable students.”
He also suggested there was “some misinformation out there we’ll be investigating and getting to the bottom of.”
Carlsen was referring to accusations by Bountiful resident Melanie Berthold in last week’s Box Elder News Journal that the district was giving these students “the boot” to do better on an annual audit, and of wasting taxpayer money that had gone into equipment and upgrades at the ELC.
Teachers see pay boost in new budget
June 19, 2019 • Nancy Browne • Staff Writer
The Box Elder Board of Education approved Wednesday a nearly $99 million budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, 86% of which will go to employee compensation.
Included in the budget is an 8.7% increase in salary and benefits for teachers and a 7% increase for classified employees.
“I remember the days of only two and three percent raises so I’m so happy we could give them seven and eight percent,” said board President Karen Cronin. “As a board, we value our education staff so much and want to give them as much money as we can.”
The board made it happen by ratifying recent agreements between the school district and the Box Elder Education Association and Box Elder Education Support Professionals, which represent both groups of employees.
Under the BEEA agreement, teachers will receive a 3.55 cost-of-living increase, lane changes and step increments of 2% covered by the district and have their length of contract reduced from 188 to 186 days.
The district also agreed to cover the 7.5 percent insurance premium increase and give a $300 HSA or 401K contribution to insurance-eligible employees.
District Business Administrator Rod Cook told the board at the meeting that only 26.97% of the $99 million budget amount comes from local residential, agricultural and commercial property taxes. The state contributes nearly 68% and the federal government contributes only 5.05%.
“When I started 37 years ago, half of the state budget went to education,” Cook said. “It’s kind of interesting we’re not putting as much into education as we did in the past.”
Cook pointed out that after including all the fixed expenditures in the budget, there is only $33,000 left to make any changes that may come up, which is “Not a lot of wiggle room,” he said.
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Residents speak for and against BC’s proposed recreation building
June 12, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
As the Brigham City Council continues to refine the city’s 2019-2020 fiscal year budget, citizens at Thursday’s council meeting spoke in both opposition and support for funding a new recreation center, as called for in the Mayor’s budget.
Mayor Tyler Vincent’s budget, as given to the council on May 2, calls for $5 million in bonding to build the new center, at a cost of approximately $465,000 a year for 15 years. The budget proposal also calls for a property tax increase of approximately 10% to help pay the bond, as well as make up for revenues lost to inflation.
“I was really surprised to see that you were still considering a rec building that you want to build for our community,” said Louise Cefalo during the open public comment period. “It was voted down by our community, so I thought it was over.” Cefalo went on to say that many people in Brigham City were being taxed to the limit, with a “much much lower” median income in the city as opposed to the state and the country. She also said that people didn’t realize that not only were they going to pay for the building, but that the city would charge additional fees to use the facility.
During his official comments, Mayor Vincent also spoke on the issue.
“When we talk about activities for our youth, people may not think that it’s our responsibility,” he said. “It takes not just a parent or a mother to raise a child, but it takes a community. We’re invested in Brigham City, not in only our own families, but in other families as well.”
The council has until June 20 to submit a tentative budget. Because the city is seeking a tax increase it will have until mid-August, after a public hearing, to officially approve the budget.
“The problem goes back to needs and wants, If we need to increase our taxes, let’s make sure it’s for something that needs to be paid for with our tax money.”
“The voters voted down the recreation center, and now you’re going to ignore the voters and you’re going to go ahead and build one anyway,”
“Our sophomore basketball team has to go to three different gyms during the course of a season, because there is just not enough gym space.”
“We do not have enough gym facilities for all of our basketball teams and volleyball teams. We have a need for a rec center.”
Snow water equivalent
(percent of normal)
June 5, 2019 • Nelson Phillips & Sean Hales • Staff Writers Significant mountain snowpack and warmer temperatures in the forecast for early June have experts issuing warnings about swift currents and possible flooding from northern Utah’s rivers.
According to the National Weather Service, as of June 4 the remaining snowpack levels in the mountains that feed the Bear River were at 358% of normal for this time of year. The mountains that feed the Weber River have even more snow, coming in at 768% of normal. Further south, the Provo and Jordan River Basin is at 423%, and the Upper Sevier River Basin snowpack is at an astonishing 3,575% of normal.
Hydrologist Brian McInerney with the NWS in Salt Lake City explained that the high remaining snowpack levels are the result of an unusually wet and cold May.
“The snowpack that should have melted in the second half of May was instead stored, and we added to it,” he said. “Now we’re moving into the hotter part of the season, the sun’s angle is higher in the sky, and we’ve got all of this extra snow. What that’s going to do is fuel the rivers at very high levels, dangerous levels.”
McInerney said with the current forecast he expects some minor “nuisance flooding” coming from northern Utah rivers. He warned that if temperatures continue to rise in the second week of June, some area rivers could rise above flood stage.
Flooding wasn’t his only concern, however, as his thoughts turned to safety.
“Be cognizant of how high these rivers are going to get in the first part of June,” he said. “Keep your kids away, and use incredibly prudent judgment. The water is so cold that it will take your breath away. It’s moving so fast and so swift that if you fall in, or your pet jumps in, you’ll get swept away quite quickly.”
The latest forecast has high temperatures predicted to be in the high 70s and low 80s for the remainder of the week, cooling over the weekend, and again warming up on Monday.
This year’s month of May was the second-wettest May recorded in the last six years in Brigham City, and is something of a mixed bag, especially for agricultural operations.
According to information from the Brigham City Waste Water plant, which maintains the city’s weather records, between 2014 and 2019, May 2015 was the wettest with a whopping 6.77 inches. This year, Brigham City received 3.45 inches, which is half an inch more than 2016. In the three-month period from March to May, 2019 was the wettest, with a total of 9.54 inches. A close second, 2015 had 9.06 inches in the same period.
Northrup Grumman conducts first OmegA rocket test in Promontory
June 5, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Northrup Grumman performed what it deemed a successful test firing of the first-stage motor of the new OmegA rocket system on Thursday in Promontory, but the test wasn’t flawless.
At approximately 119 seconds into the 122 second burn, debris that appeared to have come from the rocket motor’s nozzle cone could be seen as it was ejected into the air.
“What we observed today was a successful test,” said Kent Rominger, OmegA vice president at Northrop Grumman. “It appears everything worked very, very well on this test. At the very end when the engine was tailing off, we observed the aft exit cone, maybe a portion of it, doing something a little strange that we need to go further look into.”
Rominger added that it was too soon to tell what had happened with the nozzle. “This is why you test,” he said. “We’ll go dig into this data.”
Last October the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $792 million contract to complete detailed design and verification of OmegA, which will be used to carry intermediate to heavy military and commercial payloads into orbit. The project was begun by Orbital ATK nearly three years ago, and was continued by Northrup Grumman after it acquired Orbital ATK last year. The test keeps the project on track for a planned test launch in 2021 ahead of missions to deploy “critical payloads” into space beginning in 2022.
A static test of OmegA’s second stage is scheduled for this fall, again in Promontory.
Courtesy Northrup Grumman
Suspect in fatal shooting on I-84 caught in Idaho
A freeway shooting on Wednesday night on I-84 near Snowville has left one man dead, a passenger injured, and the alleged shooter in an Idaho jail after a two-day manhunt.
According to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry, at approximately 8:02 p.m. on May 22 a call was received by Box Elder dispatch from a passenger in a Range Rover saying that the driver had been shot.
“A passing EMT was able to clarify that the driver of the Range Rover was beyond help and was deceased,” said Perry. “The witness/victim described the suspect vehicle as a silver Volkswagen Jetta with out of state plates.”
The deceased driver of the Range Rover has been identified as 50-year-old Dennis Gwyther of Salt Lake City. Gwyther’s passenger, who has not been identified, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm, and was treated at Tremonton’s Bear River Valley Hospital and released.
The case is still under investigation, and no motive has yet been proposed for the shootings. The Utah State Bureau of Investigation has taken the lead role in the investigation.
A celebration of life’ for Dennis Gwyther is being held on May 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pierpont Place (163 West Pierpont Ave.) in Salt Lake City.
BC man takes plea deal in apparent drug distribution case
A Brigham City man who faced charges in 2017 for car theft and failure to stop for police, has pleaded guilty to several new drug charges, including hiding drugs and paraphernalia in a secret compartment in his car.
Nicholas Adam Ferland, 32, was taken into custody by officers from the Box Elder County Narcotics Strike Force last December after he was observed “doing a hand-to-hand transaction of drugs.”
According to a probable cause statement, after the drug transaction was observed, officers pulled Ferland over for a traffic violation, and his car was searched.
“An officer discovered a secret compartment in the fuse box of the vehicle that contained a digital scale and baggies,” read the statement. In other various locations in the vehicle, police found burnt marijuana, loaded syringes of heroin, a key chain container of marijuana, four used syringes, a ledger with names and dollar amounts, and a glass pipe. In the trunk, officers located multiple syringes and more baggies.
The statement noted that Ferland “has at least three prior possession convictions.”
Ferland was charged with second-degree felony possession with intent to distribute, third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, class A misdemeanor control of a vehicle with a compartment for contraband, and class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
County approves five-year extension
of Pointe Perry CDA
May 22, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A request from Perry City to extend by five years a tax increment agreement with the county on a commercial subdivision was approved by the Box Elder County Commission at its Thursday meeting.
In the mid-2000s, Perry City took out bonds to finance infrastructure upgrades in the Pointe Perry commercial subdivision, located west of I-15 near 1100 South, with hopes of recouping that investment through higher property taxes and a special assessment which property owners were supposed to pay.
The 2007 recession hit the development hard, and multiple property owners defaulted on their obligations. The city picked up the properties through foreclosure sale, and continued to make the bond payments, approximately $120,000 per year, with city funds.
Designated as a community development area (CDA), the Pointe Perry project sought agreements with both Box Elder County and the Box Elder School District to allow the city to collect tax increment, which is the difference between the original taxable value of the land and the taxable value after development. That agreement is set to expire in 2020, with very little tax increment collected due to a lack of development. Extending the agreements for an additional five years would allow the city to move forward with development, and possibly recoup a portion of the money it has paid out.
Currently there are approximately 63 acres left in Pointe Perry, and with the stronger economy commercial interest in the land has been building.
School board grapples with extension request for Brigham City EDA
May 22, 2019 • Nancy Browne • Staff Writer
The Box Elder School District Board of Education grappled Thursday with whether to extend by five years tax increment funding for an economic development area in northwest Brigham City instead of using the money to educate Box Elder children.
After lengthy discussion, the school board decided to take action on the matter at its June 12, board meeting.
The Northwest Economic Development Area (EDA), which includes Nucor as its only business participant, asked the school board to approve an additional five years of tax increment funding to the current 15-year project that still has five years to go. The EDA was created in 2010.
The EDA would use the additional funding to assist with developing vacant and underutilized land in the area, which would otherwise likely remain as is. An EDA uses a funding model known as tax increment to help promote business development by providing infrastructure or other services within the project area.
As a taxing entity, BESD agreed in 2010 to pass through any property taxes that result from increased property values as result of development to the administrator of the EDA, in this case, Brigham City.
Without the EDA’s participation, Nucor Building Systems would have located its plant in Kingman, Arizona, according to Paul Larsen, Brigham City community and economic development director, taking its jobs with it.
District Business Administrator Rod Cook said he “struggles with them [the EDA] asking for five more years,” and getting that tax money which could be going to schools.
Brigham City asks Box Elder school board for 5-year extension of economic development area
May 15, 2019 • Sean Hales • Managing Editor
The price of participation in a Brigham City economic development area might get a little steeper than originally planned if a sought-after extension to the life of the project gets approved.
Brigham City Economic Development Director Paul Larsen appeared before the Box Elder School District Board of Education last Wednesday to request an additional five years of tax increment funding for the Northwest Economic Development Area, which includes Nucor Building Systems, GEM, and Francis Trucking. Nucor is the only business participant in the development area. Larsen spoke at the meeting about a planned expansion of Nucor, but provided no details due to time constraints at the meeting.
An Economic Development Area uses a funding model known as tax increment to help promote business development through providing infrastructure or other services within the project area. With tax increment, taxing entities that benefit from property taxes within the project area agree pass through any property taxes that result from increases in the value of the property to the administrator of the EDA, in this case, Brigham City. That increment—the amount of property tax over what the taxing entity made in the established baseline—is used to pay for the improvements.
At the time the development area was created in 2010, the city asked for a project life of 20 years, but taxing entities only approved 15 years. The Taxing Entity Committee—an eight-member committee that includes two representatives from the school district, two from the city, two from the county, one from the State school board, and one representing all other taxing entities‑ indicated that if an extension was needed, it could be considered.
Perry City Council finds middle ground in disputed rezone request
May 15, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
The Perry City Council took the middle ground between a property owner who wants to raise livestock, and neighbors who don’t want to smell pigs and goats next to their homes.
Brett and Cheryn Parker appeared before the city council to request a zone change that they felt would allow for goats and pigs to be raised on their 1.7-acre property located at 2850 South Highway 89. Currently zoned as NC2 (neighborhood commercial), the Parkers were seeking to have their property re-zoned as either R1A (rural residential) or AL (agricultural limited).
“We have two pigs and a couple of goats that we own,” said Brett. “We’re currently losing our lease on the property where they’re at now, and so we’re looking to relocate them on our property.”
Neighbors around the property in question stood to object to the plans during the open public comment period, however.
“I was raised on a farm with pigs, and they stink,” said Betty McMurtree. “They attract flies, and rats, they eat what the pigs like.” McMurtree suggested that the Parkers buy some rural property away from residential neighborhoods for their livestock.
In the end a compromise was struck, with the council approving an R1A zone only in the westernmost single acre of the property, which would allow for two total animals in that space.
“It’s better than nothing,” said Cheryn following the vote.
Brigham City reminds residents about ‘summer’ ordinances
With the return of warmer weather and outdoor activities, Brigham City Code Services is reminding residents of a few ordinances to be aware of.
Lawn and weeds
Weeds grow fast and are not only unsightly, but can create a fire hazard. Property owners bear the responsibility to maintain property, including the regular removal of overgrown vegetation and nuisance or hazardous vegetation (Brigham
City Code Section 13.01.230).
Sidewalks and parkstrips
All public sidewalks and areas between sidewalks and the edge of roadways are reserved for use by the city access to underground utilities and for access by pedestrians. Sidewalks and park strips are to be maintained by abutting property owners. These areas should be kept clear of obstructions, including motor vehicles, trailers, outdoor storage, and nuisance vegetation (Brigham City Code Sections 15.02.180 and 24.01.150).
Yard sales and signs
Temporary advertisements including yard sale signs are not allowed on public property (between the curb and sidewalk) including trees lining Main Street, power poles, utility boxes, light poles, or street sign posts. Posting signs in these areas could damage underground utilities, distract drivers and cause significant costs of time and money in cleanup (Brigham City Code Section: 16.02.010).
For more information about these or other city ordinances, contact Brigham City Code Services at 435-734-6619, or visit Brigham City Hall located at 20 North Main.
Mantua moves to municipal-style election for 2019
A missed deadline has forced Mantua to move away from its long-standing convention election system and adopt a municipal-style election.
According to Town Clerk Jan Palmer, the town did not file its notice of running a convention-style election with the state Lt. Governor’s office in time, which resulted in Mantua defaulting to a municipal-style election per state rules.
In a convention-style election, a convention is held where candidates are selected to serve by delegates of their respective parties. Mayor Michael Johnson said the convention system had been abused in the past, with some delegates acting unethically—and perhaps illegally—in order to secure a seat on the town’s governing body.
A municipal system is used widely throughout the state, and uses a primary election to narrow a field of candidates, if necessary, and a general election in November. Palmer noted that a municipal election has the potential to be more expensive if a primary is required, but Mantua rarely has enough candidates to force a primary. In a municipal election, a primary is required if there are more than double the number of candidates for available seats.
Since Mantua’s ordinances indicate that the town will conduct a convention-style election, the council was required to pass an ordinance that voided the town’s convention-style system, and adopt a municipal election with a primary, if needed.
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