Church building to claim orchard land on 3000 South in Perry
Perry City’s orchard land continues to shrink, as a plan to put a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ meetinghouse on the south side of 3000 South at approximately 880 West was approved by the Perry City Council on Thursday.
The project, set to be built due west of the existing Rocky Mountain Power Whiterocks substation, encompasses 183,003 square feet of the orchard land formerly owned by the Nielson family, and will front approximately 394 feet along 3000 South. It will accommodate over 250 vehicles in its parking lot.
According to project planners, existing residents living along the north side of 3000 South will have their individual rural mailboxes removed from the south side of the road, and will be made to use a community cluster mailbox.
BC man arrested for attempted murder in drive-by shooting
A payroll dispute escalated into a drive-by shooting on May 7, with bullets nearly striking a Brigham City business supervisor, and his alleged assailant being arrested.
Ivan Calderon Vazquez, 35, is currently in the Box Elder County Jail, facing one charge of second-degree felony attempted murder, one charge of second-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, and four charges of third-degree felony discharge of a firearm.
According to a probable cause statement file by the Brigham City Police Department, Vazquez got into an argument with his supervisor over wages at a shop located on 400 North Main Street in Brigham City. The intended victim in the case stated to police that Vazquez left the shop, but returned with his wife in a black Ford Mustang a short while later, and began yelling to be paid.
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May 16, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
This year’s June 26 primary election will be the first time an election is mostly conducted through voting by mail in Box Elder County, and County Clerk Marla Young says her office is ready.
The county recently obtained several machines that both count and flag the mailed ballots, as well as those that allow voting in-person at two polling locations in Tremonton and Brigham City, including machines that help those with visual impairments to cast ballots.
Registered voters should begin receiving their ballots in the mail on about June 6. Young said if people don’t receive their ballot, please call the County Clerk’s office at (435) 734-3393, or drop in and speak with an employee.
More information on elections can be found at the County Clerk’s elections website, www.boxeldercounty.org/elections.htm. MORE....
Romney primary opponent courts Box Elder voters
May 16, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Mike Kennedy, the Utah County state representative who bested Mitt Romney at the state Republican convention last month, appeared at a campaign event in front of Box Elder County voters on Thursday night.
Kennedy, who is a practicing medical family doctor and also holds a law degree from Brigham Young University, spoke to approximately 40 interested people assembled at the Brigham City Senior Center, telling them he’s the candidate that can best represent Utahns in the United States Senate. MORE....
Murder suspect back in jail after posting $40k cash only bond
May 2, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A Tremonton man charged with murdering his house guest paid a cash only bond and left jail on Thursday, but was again taken into custody after the judge revoked that bond on Monday afternoon.
Brandon Keith Thompson, 30, is charged with the April 16 shooting death of 33-year-old Michael Keith Hogenson, who had been staying with Thompson and his girlfriend in their Tremonton home. Police say that Thompson and Hogenson got into some sort of altercation, and that Thompson consequently shot Hogenson to death, taking two hours to destroy and alter evidence before reporting the incident to police.
According to court records, Maynard ordered the bail to remain at $40,680 pending a bail hearing set for April 30, where it would be reviewed. Consequently, on April 26, Thompson posted the full amount and left the Box Elder County Jail.
Thompson appeared again at Monday’s hearing, where Maynard revoked the original bond, ordering that Thompson be held without bail.
Judge ‘throws the book’ at Brigham City man convicted on child sexual assault charges
May 2, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A Brigham City man who was convicted last February of multiple counts of child molestation has been sentenced to at least 50 years in prison.
On Feb. 22 in a unanimous verdict, John Anthony Forbush, 48, was convicted on two first-degree felony counts of sodomy on a child, and one third-degree felony count of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, stemming from an incident that took place with a young boy at Forbush’s residence in Brigham City on the weekend of June 27, 2015.
Forbush was acquainted with the victim’s parents, and used a ruse to gain access to the boy by pretending he was taking him home from a mutual friend’s home to play with his own children. In actuality, Forbush took the boy home to an empty house, subjecting the child to sexual assault and pornography.
Brigham City impact fees
Current impact fees$6,218
Fire protection +$171
Police protection +$8
Storm drain -$175
New proposed impact fees total$9,755
*New fee added to impact fee schedule
Brigham City mulls impact fee changes
April 25, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Brigham City is in the process of studying and updating impact fees the city charges for new residential and commercial construction projects in an effort to strike a balance between raising funds the city needs for infrastructure upgrades, while also continuing to attract growth.
Impact fees are charged as part of the permitting process to build within a city, and those funds are restricted to pay for upgrades to city infrastructure. Funds raised from specific impact fees must be used for improvements or expansion of the related infrastructure.
Salt Lake financial consulting firm Lewis Robertson Young and Birningham (LRYB) has been contracted to help the city assess future needs and finance options as part of a 10-year plan it is developing, the results of which will be presented in a future city council meeting, subject to public review and comment.
According to information supplied by the consulting firm, the $9,755 would be the maximum impact fee allowed according to a formula set out in state law, and thousands less than nearby cities like Perry ($11,541), Willard ($11,147) or North Ogden ($13,135) charge.
Developers, whether big builders or people building a single home, do have the right to contest certain impact fees if they can show their project won’t have an effect on existing city facilities.
Box Elder county delegates flock to hear Romney campaign for Hatch Senate seat
April 18, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
Former Republican presidential nominee and current U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney stopped in Perry City on Friday, speaking with Box Elder County delegates in advance of Saturday’s Utah GOP convention.
Box Elder was the last of Utah’s 29 counties visited by Romney since announcing his intention last February to seek the seat of retiring senator, Orrin Hatch. The event was held at the home of Box Elder County Commissioner Jeff Hadfield, and attracted most, if not all, of the county’s 75 elected state delegates, with many standing in adjacent rooms to hear Romney speak.
Romney began by telling the delegates that he wasn’t planning on running for anything after his loss in the 2012 presidential election.
“I didn’t expect to be doing this,” he said. “Frankly I thought my political career was over after the 2012 election, so we bought the lot next to my son, Josh, in Holladay and started to build a house there.”
BC resident seeks changes for private bridges after flooding
April 11, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
In the aftermath of Box Elder Creek overflowing its banks in the late night hours of March 22 due to debris damning a private bridge, a Brigham City resident affected by the flooding is calling for change.
David Nielsen is questioning whether the city has a policy regarding private bridges, and whose responsibility it is to ensure those bridges are kept free from debris to prevent future flooding incidents.
“In 2005 the home that I live in was completely flooded out, I lost the basement and the yard,” began Nielsen, speaking during the open public comment period of Thursday’s city council meeting. “We were told by the city in 2005 that we would have some kind of enforcement policy, and nothing has happened.”
Nielsen continued that the city approved a plat map with three private bridges across the creek near his property, questioning the wisdom of allowing the structures without permitting and design regulations intended to prevent flooding.
“On March 22, we have another incidence of a private bridge acting as a dam, catching debris in the waterway, and causing lateral flooding. This is a huge problem because there’s nothing that homeowners on either side can do about it,” said Nielsen. After suggesting some design specifications that would allow the bridges to be raised, he also requested that bridge owners be required to carry an umbrella policy that would cover neighboring properties should the bridges cause more flooding.
“It just doesn’t make sense to me that you wouldn’t allow a private construction over a public roadway, but you allow it over a public waterway.”
Brigham City Mayor Tyler Vincent told Nielsen he would have someone from the city contact him to discuss the matter further.
Commission declares April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 11, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
The Box Elder County Commission unanimously approved declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month following a presentation from Katy Bonds, director of the Family Support Center, on the terrible effects that childhood traumas have on people and communities.
As in years past, Bonds requested that April be declared as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Box Elder County, in an effort to continue to raise awareness of the problem.
“Each year from the Family Support Center we come to discuss why early childhood prevention is so vital to the community to enable its citizens to prosper,” began Bonds. “We’ve made the case in past years that there is direct correlation between early childhood trauma, and things that we can prevent, actually, including all sorts of diseases and disabilities and outcomes in adults.”
Bonds referenced a 1998 survey done about adverse childhood experiences for adults where 18,000 people were interviewed. Participants were asked if they had experienced, before the age of 18, recurrent emotional abuse, sexual abuse, living with a substance abuser, having a household member incarcerated, having a household member who experienced chronic depression, was suicidal, was mentally ill, had experienced emotional or physical neglect, had a mother treated violently, had one or no parents in the home, or had experienced a family breakup.
For each trauma experienced, participants were given a point, called an ‘ACE,’ for Adverse Childhood Experience. Results from the survey revealed that in people who had four or more ACEs, there was a much higher likelihood that the person would suffer outcomes such as addiction, alcoholism, obesity, depression, attempted suicide, unintentional pregnancy, heart disease, cancer, lung and liver disease, stroke, diabetes and sexually transmitted disease.
“We’re really trying to put our services out front and prevent any type of child abuse and neglect to assist in the future of our community,” continued Bonds. “Prevention efforts include educating families about the ACEs themselves, and helping to protect their children from adverse childhood experiences.”
A structural upgrade to the steeple of the Brigham City Tabernacle is underway as part of regular maintenance on the building. The upgrade involves removing the exterior cladding and other pieces and adding structure to the steeple. New cladding will then be installed to match the historic version and the tower windows will be restored. The tower will look the same once completed as before the upgrades. The last time the steeple was repaired was in 1987.
Old pipes causing major water loss from Willard system
April 4, 2018 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
The installation of an electronic monitoring system last year that allowed Willard City to get an estimate on the amount of water leaking out of its culinary system, has resulted in bad news for the city.
According to a report presented by Willard City Public Works Supervisor Doug Thompson at the March 22 city council meeting, Willard is losing tens of millions of gallons per year.
The city placed SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition remote monitoring systems) at well houses and reservoirs last April and has been gathering information since that time.
“We have some pretty accurate numbers showing what’s been coming in and going out, and we’re losing about 64 million gallons a year,” Thompson said.
The report shows that Willard produces 166,573,700 gallons of water per year in total, of which 87,985,080 gallons are billed for residential use. Nearly 5 million gallons are billed for commercial use, 2.7 million gallons for industrial use, and 6.1 million gallons for institutional use, such as at schools or churches. That total leaves 64.9 million gallons—or 38.95 percent of the culinary water supply—that is being lost.
Included in that number is an estimated 4 million gallons per year the city uses from an unmetered connection to East Park, leaving the total losses still above 60 million gallons annually.
“I don’t know where it’s leaking,” continued Thompson. “With the kind of soil we have and what not, a lot of it doesn’t see daylight, and just follows the rocks. We don’t know where it is.”
“We need to probably have our engineer sit down and talk about our different lines, and identify all of those old lead-joint lines,” said Mayor Ken Braegger.
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