Headlines Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Brigham City Cemetery monument honors World War I fallen
The granite slab holds the names of the 13 Brigham City soldiers who lost their lives during World War I.
By Sarah Yates
Each Memorial Day, residents gather near a roughhewn stone set in a flower bed in the Brigham City Cemetery, a silent testimony to the 13 local men who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I.
The stone itself has a history, not only as a symbol of the sacrifice of soldiers but also to the efforts of the Service Star Legion, a group of women organized during the war to help build the morale of the boys overseas, and who turned their post-war efforts to assuring that those who served would not be forgotten.
Organized locally through the efforts of Lula B. Call, who was also a state officer, the local Service Star Legion first met in 1918. Call had visited with Veara Southworth Fife and asked her to assist in organizing a local branch of the organization. more...
County Commission approves using courthouse
parking lot for farmers’ market this summer
The south parking lot of the Box Elder County Courthouse is posed to be turned in to a farmer’s market on weekends this summer after commissioners approved the use of the lot.
By Nelson Phillips
Barring any unforeseen hurdles, Brigham City will see an outdoor market occupy the southern parking lot of the Box Elder County Courthouse on weekends this summer, after county commissioners gave approval to the proposal at Wednesday’s meeting.
David Walker of Historic Downtown Brigham City appeared in front of commissioners, accompanied by Brigham City Economic Development Director Paul Larsen, to submit written plans for the market, which the commission requested at a previous meeting.
The plan submitted by Walker includes space for 50 booths, with a maximum of three booths per vendor. There are also plans for self-contained food trucks to line the courthouse lawn, with their openings to the south, in an effort to keep people from wandering onto and damaging the landscaping there. He also made provisions for trash receptacles in each row of vendors, and offered that restroom facilities in the old Holmes Clothing building (Union Block), which Historic Downtown Brigham City is leasing with the intent to buy, would be made available to market crowds.
“What we’ll do is work with David on a special event permit,” said Larsen, speaking for Brigham City. “It will be an umbrella permit that will cover the entire summer.” Larsen also stated that vendors offering their own locally-grown produce are exempt from licensing requirements.
After some further discussion regarding garbage removal, bathroom signage and parking, the commissioners unanimously approved the request to use the parking lot. The market is expected to be up and running sometime in June.
BC council mulls schedule for bond issue
By Nelson Phillips
At Thursday’s City Council meeting a public finance expert laid out a preliminary calendar of events that would be necessary should the city seek to renew a general obligation bond to help finance a possible new senior citizen and recreation center.
A previous bond of $8,000,000 is set to be paid off in September, and city officials are debating the idea of whether to go into debt again to finance wanted—some would argue needed—projects, though the cost and scope of those projects is still yet to be determined. Because a new bond would require a ballot initiative to be passed by Brigham City residents, and the time is short to get that on the ballot, the city council and Administrator Jason Roberts retained Zion’s Bank Public Finance to consult with the city on what would need to happen and when.
“The very first action item that would require city council involvement would be the adoption of an election resolution,” said Alex Buxton of Zion’s Bank. “That would need to take place at least 75 days before the election, at the beginning of August.” According to Buxton, Aug. 25 would be the very last day the city could adopt the resolution to put the question to a vote, and that the resolution would have to contain dollar amounts.
Buxton went on to explain that a public hearing would need to be held with notices in the newspaper for the three weeks prior, and a voter information pamphlet would need to be created including arguments for the bond and against the bond (if any are submitted). He also suggested strategy sessions be held on how to promote the bond without using any public funds, which is against the law. He added that two very positive scenarios were developing in Brigham City, in that bond interest rates were at historic lows, and that with the retirement of the previous bond, taxpayers may not see much of a rise in their property taxes if another bond is secured.
Council members took in what Buxton was saying, and decided that a work session to finalize the scope and cost of the potential project that the bond would fund was the next logical step, and set it for discussion prior to the next council meeting on June 2.
“It all boils down to what the citizens want,” said Councilmember Alden Farr. “Do they want a senior center, do they want a sports complex?”
“We should all be talking to people too,” said Councilmember Tom Peterson, suggesting they use more social media to reach out to voters.
District refuses to comply with federal bathroom directive
By Nelson Phillips
The Box Elder School District will not be obeying a directive issued by the administration of U.S. President Barak Obama that would allow students who identify as a gender different from their gender of birth to use the bathroom of their choice.
“Box Elder School District plans to continue our practice as is presently constituted,” said Box Elder Schools Superintendant Dr. Ron Tolman in a letter to district parents. “We do not plan to grant access to restrooms and locker rooms that are specifically designated by gender to anyone other than the actual gender. This will be the practice that has been observed in the district since long before this political issue came to the forefront.”
The directive, sent through the offices of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, directs school administrators to allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding with the gender the student identifies with. It also prohibits forcing transgendered or gender dysphoric students into private facilities that other students aren’t forced into. Although the directive does not carry with it the force of law, it makes an implicit threat that federal funding could be withheld from schools that do not comply.
“As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations. The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations,” reads the letter.
“We will continue to work with individual students and parents who have unique requirements on a case by case basis,” continued Tolman. “We will continue to treat each and every student with the respect and dignity they deserve. At no time do we intend to sacrifice the rights of the general population of students for political reasons. We do not believe that Mr. Obama has the moral nor bureaucratic authority to issue such a far reaching federal directive.”
The Utah State School Board has not issued any guidance on complying with the administration’s directive, and in its own letter stated it “does not necessarily expect a change in current practices or behavior” from any of Utah’s school districts.
Man jumps to his death near Doc Flat
The Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department has issued a press release detailing the intentional jumping death of a Davis County man Sunday morning.
According to the release, deputies were called to to the lower Dock Flat camping area on Willard Peak Road Sunday at approximately 11:42 a.m. on complaints of an intoxicated individual yelling and causing a disturbance.
“Deputies located the man on a mountain side and asked him to come down and speak with them,” read the release. “Instead, the man climbed a large pine tree and then intentionally jumped off, causing his death. Deputies witnessed the fall which was estimated around 100 feet.”
The man died instantly as a result of the fall. He has been identified as 49-year-old Paul Howard of Davis County.
Howard’s intent is unknown at this point. The Box Elder Search and Rescue High Angle Rope Team recovered the body.
Public highway safety events slated
The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), Bear River Health Department and many other northern Utah law enforcement agencies are getting together to remind Utahns to wear seatbelts and drive safely.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ‘Click-It Or Ticket’ campaign began on Monday May 23, and will result in special shifts for UHP troopers to educate and step-up enforcement of seat belt laws, lasting for the next two weeks.
“Officers will be working more than 1,000 overtime shifts from Monday, May 23, through June 5 to stop and educate motorists who aren’t wearing a seat belt. The enforcement period is strategically planned to begin right before the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest, and often deadliest, travel weekends of the year,” said the Utah Department of Public Safety in a press release.
In addition to increased education and enforcement, the UHP began another campaign in area high schools on Monday called ‘Click-It For Creamies’, where troopers gave away ice cream to teen drivers wearing their seatbelts. Box Elder High School was treated on Monday, and Bear River High School on Tuesday.
Another campaign, the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer is also slated to begin on May 26. During this campaign, UHP’s statewide goals will include 50,000 speed contacts, or four per day; 10,000 seat belt contacts, or one per day; one organized DUI effort per section each weekend; and 50 percent of crashes moved off the roadways.
“With increases in fatalities over the last three years we will work hard to reverse that trend,” said Lieutenant Lee Perry of the Utah Highway Patrol. “We are asking the public to support us in this effort by always wearing their seat belt, never driving while fatigued or impaired, making sure they have plenty of time so they won’t be tempted to speed, and avoid driving while distracted. We also appreciate when the public is willing to report others who are driving reckless, aggressive, fatigued or impaired.”
Main Street surfacing project started Saturday
A project to resurface Brigham City’s Main Street from 700 South to about 600 North started Saturday and is scheduled to continue until June 22.
The project will apply a thin seal to the road in order to extend its life. To accommodate the work, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Home and business access will be maintained, with the exception of brief periods (up to 30 minutes) during night time operations to allow to new road surface to cure. Also during this time, intersections may be closed up to 12 hours. Noise and light pollution may be expected in areas where night work is being completed.
During the project, parking will not be allowed on Main Street.
This project is independent of other Utah Department of Transportation work being done to rehabilitate S.R.-13 from about 600 North to I-15.
For more information or project status, visit udot.utah.gov/go/BrighamMain.
Special Olympics torch run set for Thursday
On Thursday, May 26, officers from the Brigham City Police Department will join with special Olympians to carry the Special Olympics torch through town.
The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. starting at 500 North and Main Street, and will run south from there.
“We’ve been supporting this event for over 30 years now,” said Brigham City Police Chief Mike Nelsen. “It’s a great cause, a great program, and I hope we get some people out to cheer on these athletes.”
The torch will have passed through nine Utah counties on its way to the Utah Summer Games, scheduled to begin June 10 at Lone Peak High School in Highland.
Cruise night planned
The Bonnevills Rod and Custom Car Club will host a ‘cruise night’ at Peach City on Wednesday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. The cruise will feature classic cars and hot rods owned by club members and car enthusiasts from around the region.
“Everyone is welcome to come out and show off their cars, or just come see all the classic cars and enjoy a burger or ice cream at Peach City,” said club President Shaune Parsons.
Bonnevills Rod and Custom is the same group that hosts the well attended Peach Days car show in the fall.