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Monday, March 12, 2018

School Board Positions Up

The Rich County School Board has two positions that will be up for election in November of 2018. 

Precinct # 3, which includes North Randolph and Laketown, and precinct # 4, which includes South Garden City.

Interested adults, living in the respective precinct, may sign up with the County Clerk at the Rich County Courthouse. The window for signing up is March 9 through March 15.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the County Clerk, Becky Peart or the District Superintendent, Dale Lamborn, or Marlene Wilson at

Good Stuff

Good Stuff, dedicated to announcing interesting places, books, movies and everything else.
By John Brown

I saw the previews of The Greatest Showman, the movie about the circus guy. I rolled my eyes. The circus? Come on.

But my daughters, one by one, went to see it and came home raving.

And then my wife went to see it and came home raving.

And then my youngest was playing some music the other night, and I said, “Ooh, that’s nice. Good beat. Wow. What is that?”

She said with much affection, “The Greatest Showman, loser.”

I said to myself, maybe the previews simply stank. I said, I’ve seen movies where the previews were better than the full-length film. Maybe this was the reverse.

I said, to my fine daughter and wife.  “How about a movie night?” They were more than game to see it a second time. So we went and saw The Greatest Showman this week.

Here’s the report.

Oh. My. Holy. Freaking. Heck!

This movie is one of the best movies I’ve seen in the last few years. And get this: it was released more than eleven weeks ago, back in December of last year. How many movies do you know that stay in the theaters for eleven weeks straight? When a movie keeps attracting crowds week after week, long after the release night hype has faded, they say it “has legs.” 

Let me tell you, this one has some legs. The music is awesome. The visuals are wonderful. And the story—the story is everything a story should be. I came out of the theater having wept and cheered and bitten my nails and been thrilled with a number of the scenes. I came out of the theater happy, positive, thinking about life, thinking about what really matters.

Look, if you enjoy musicals, if you enjoy dramas, if you enjoy Hugh Jackman of Wolverine fame, you must drop everything you’re doing right now and run to see this before it leaves the theaters. 

You’ll be so happy you did.

And now, I’m going to figure out how I can go see it again.

Morning Rise

Photo by Dawn Brady, Garden City

Lake Levels

Pumping Stopped 
March 8, 2018

Bear Lake Elevation 
 March 9 @ 5919.18
(Saved .18 foot = 2.16 inches)
They have not yet switched to Storage Mode...
not sure why?? 

Always Watching,  
Claudia & David Cottell

4544 HWY 89
Fish Haven, Idaho
David -208-530-0058
Claudia -801-243-8980

Empty Nesters

Mark your calenders for Monday, April 3, 2018
Empty Nesters Pot Luck
(Bring dishes that will go with spagetti)
6 p.m.
Lakeview Room above Garden City Library
Everyone is invited 
It is fun to get together in the winter!

Fire District Impact Fee Resolution #R04-102


Garden City Fire District, a local Government Entity in the State of Utah, located in Rich County pursuant to the requirements of Utah Code sections 11-36a-502, 11-36a-504 and 10-9a-205, hereby gives notice of its intent to amend their Impact Fee Resolution for public safety.  The proposed Impact Fee(s) will be based on a GCFD Impact Fee Analysis in accordance with 11-36a-303 and -304 to increase the size of the current Fire Station required to accommodate the projected private and commercial developments within the district. 

The Garden City Fire District board will hold a Public Meeting and Hearing as soon as feasible after the analysis is completed in accordance with 11-36a-502. When scheduled, the meeting and hearing date will be posted and will be in the GCFD Fire Station training room located at 145 W Logan Road, Garden City, Utah. 

The purpose of the Public Meeting and Hearing is to receive input on, and consider approval and adoption of the proposed amended Impact Fee Resolution. All interested persons will be given reasonable opportunity to be heard. Copies will be published on the Utah Public Notice Website and placed in the Garden City public library in accordance with 11-36a-502 (1)(c)  If you have questions, please contact Randall Knight at (801) 602-1752.

DATED this March 9, 2018
Garden City Fire District
By: Randall Knight
GCFD Board Chairman

Morning Deer

Photo by Gary McKee, Laketown

Heritage Park Update

Anita Weston, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

GARDEN CITY, Utah.  March 7, 2018.  Heritage Park in Garden City has been mapped and the plan in place, Riley Argyle, Garden City Public Works, told City Council members.  They will get the power in as soon as possible.  The City was able to grant for $250,000 to cover the cost of power.

The children’s playground at Heritage Park has been moved to the center of the park, and where the children’s area was before will be turned into additional parking.  It will be easier to keep eyes on children from the pavilions that will surround the center of the park.

Argyle asked the Town Council Members if it would be possible to have the state asphalt the parking area at Heritage Park at the same time they asphalt Third West.  The Council Member noted that was a good suggestion and will investigate this possibility.

The plans show the location of the bathrooms at Heritage Park.  However, they may have to be moved because of the amount of water that comes through that area.  Also, the sewer lines need to be given a second look to make sure they are in the best area possible.

Currently, there are a lot of trees that have been put on the plans for Heritage Park.  The City may reduce the number of trees that are currently on the plans.

The parking lot at Heritage Park has 165 parking stalls.  There will need to be more parking when Raspberry Days is held there.  It was noted that people will be able to park along Third West as well as use the field north of Heritage Park that is owned by the City.

Garden City Staff Reports

Anita Weston, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

GARDEN CITY, Utah. March 8, 2018.  George Peart, Garden City Residential Building Inspector, reported that he has had two building permits since the first of the year for new homes.  One of these homes is in Buttercup and the other is on Legacy Beach.  He also has four pending permits for Ideal Beach for remodels, and one trailer permit.

Zan Murray, City Engineer, reported that the plan for the 300 West pipeline to Buttercup is complete.  This project should have been completed sooner, but the Rural Development Group slowed down the process.  This project will need to be advertised on the web as well as published in the Harold Journal for three weeks.  After advertising, the project will be awarded to the low bid construction company.

Murray reported that he is working on the design for Elk’s Ridge.  The 300 West roadway plans are complete.  UDOT will be advertising this project by March 31.  It will take three or four weeks contract time, and the project will start about the middle part of June.  The City should allow the contractor until September 15 to complete the Third West road.  That time of year is still warm enough to lay asphalt without any problems. There is a built-in incentive to the contractors to encourage them to finish the project early.

There has been a delay in getting the $350,000 funding needed to complete Third West.  The City will have to get some interim funding to cover the time lapse.  When the road is complete, the state will then release this amount of money to the City. 

Bear Lake Escape PUD is moving forward.

The City’s standards and specifications need to be updated.  They are planning to do this as they work on the water project on Third West. 

The Shundahai project is one of the first that needs to be taken care of.  There are two pump stations that need to be built along with pumps and lines to be run from the storage tanks to the subdivisions involved.  The plan for this project will take three to four months.  The bid will then be let which will be another six to eight weeks.

Three Hundred West is another project the City is working on.  Another project is running a dry line up through Cherimoya that will help improve the water system there.  There will be separate bids on the water lines and the sewer lines.  They will be dry lines, but will make provisions for development above Cherimoya.

Riley Argyle, Garden City Public Works Supervisor, reported that the new GIS system is up and running.  They have been using this device but still need to do some work on Paradise Parkway and from Buttercup to Hodges Canyon Road.  They should have this project finalized by the next meeting.  

Argyle noted that some of the equipment was out of service but has now been fixed.  Things are going well, and they are currently back up to full capacity.  There is a water leak.  It is not causing any problems.  It will be fixed as soon as the workers can get to it.

Argyle said that he will be out of town on March 24.  He needs to attend a meeting on asbestos handling.  It is required for him to maintain his certification in this area.

One of the Council members asked if there were enough sandbags on hand in case there are some water problems later this spring.  Argyle said that he will order a couple of bales of bags.  He also noted that there is a small pile of sand already on hand and more sand can quickly be brought into the area if needed.

New PUD Approved In Garden City

Anita Weston, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

GARDEN CITY, Utah. March 7, 2018.  The Public Hearing agenda of the Garden City Planning Commission included several new ordinances that had been written.  Also included on the agenda was information concerning a new PUD called Bear Lake Escape that will be built on the east side of Third West across from the City Offices.  The public could ask questions concerning these items. 

One of the Commission members asked why there was going to be a retention pond so close to some homes near this PUD.  It was noted that when construction takes over open areas, there is water runoff from sidewalks and roads.  This water needs to be taken care of, so it is collected in a retention pond and soaks down into the ground at that location to keep it from running onto other properties.

The City had asked Zan Murray, City Engineer, to look over the preliminary plat that had been submitted to the City concerning this PUD.  He had responded with several suggestions and some requirements that had not been done.   Matt Nielsen, the developer, reported that he had taken care of all the items listed in that letter.

It was noted that in a residential area, no stand along building can be built on a lot that doesn’t have a home.

The Public Hearing was closed, and the regular meeting was called to order at 5:15 p.m.

The Commission discussed the Bear Lake Escape development plan of a PUD along 300 West (behind the Season’s) consisting of approximately 14 townhomes and will include 54 other units.

This item had been submitted as a subdivision but fits the ordinances of a PUD.  This project will need to be rezoned at the first P&Z meeting in April, since this item was not on the current agenda.  After the development is completed, an HOA will be created to take care of the maintenance of the grass areas, the sidewalks, and the bike path.

The front of the buildings will face Third West.  The setbacks for the buildings meet the required distance.  It was suggested that a dumpster area be set aside, or else use black cans.  The black cans would require that the HOA to assist with them when people don’t stay in the area long enough to put them out and bring them back into their area.

It was suggested that the PUD may have to decide about getting a common mail box area for the townhomes.  Apparently, the post office in Garden City has all the current boxes assigned.

Nielson noted that he is currently planning to have his road down through the PUD meet with the road by the Seasons.  However, that hasn’t happened yet, so he has made plans for a good turnaround on the east end of the PUD if necessary.  That will work until or unless the road can go all the way to First West.

There will be a bulk water meter for the PUD and will part of the HOA’s dues.  The State of Utah has changed the specifications on building roads and  it was suggested that Nielson investigate this matter.

The Commission made a motion that this development plan for Bear Lake Escape be approved with the condition that this area be rezoned as a PUD at the next P&Z Meeting.  The motion passed.

Ordinance #18-03 is an ordinance changing the definition of open space.  The ordinance defines open space as any open piece of land that is undeveloped.  This land is then divided into two categories—active and passive.  After a short discussion, the motion was made and passed to accept this ordinance.

Ordinance #18-04 is an ordinance changing the percent of open space required within subdivisions.   During the discussion, it was decided that some wording changes needed to be made, and the Commission decided to keep the percentages the same as in the past.  The motion was made and passed to accept the ordinance with the suggested changes.

Ordinance #18-05 is an ordinance changing the definition of an accessory building.  The Commission made quite a few changes.  The motion was made and passed to accept the ordinance with the changes that were made.

Ordinance #18-06 is an ordinance dealing with residential storage structures.  After a short discussion, the ordinance was approved.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

RCT Is On Vacation

Enjoying the sun and beaches...RCT will be back next week!!

GC Fire Board Meeting Date Change

The Garden City Fire District has moved the monthly board meeting from the Third Thursday at 6:00PM to the 1st Wednesday at 6:00PM starting immediately.

Leonard O'Reilly, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

GARDEN CITY.  February 16, 2018.  The meeting started on time with all board members in attendance. Due to time constraints, because of conflicting meetings of some board members, most of the topics scheduled to be discussed were tabled until next month. 

Three new board members were welcomed aboard necessitating nominations and elections of new officers resulting in the following; Randall Knight - Chairman, Laura Cluff - Treasurer and  Jenny England - Secretary.

Because Cluff and England own and operate businesses especially on Thursday evenings it was determined that the first Wednesday of each month was best suited.

The balance of the meeting centered around the expansion of the fire station based on the projections of the level of services needed in the future. To help pay for these needs, the board is looking at modifying the current impact fees. Randall Knight, Chairman,  asked Scott Archbald of Sunrise Engineering to explain how impact fees are calculated and implemented. Archibald pointed out that the fees mainly go toward the assets needed for additional growth generated by the new construction of homes, cabins, and businesses. 

Archibald explained that the alternative to impact fees would be a user fee/property taxes. However, upon discussion, it was felt that the most equitable way is an impact fee because of where it places the burden; on new construction.

There is a need to increase the size of the fire facility and the board has discussed a possible increase in impact fees to pay for the expansion.  There are two ways to pay for the facilities, a user fee/property tax or an impact fee.  The impact fee is designed to help pay for growth needed by additional population growth.  The new residents/cabins put an impact on the needs of the fire district and require a growth in the facilities to provide the same level of service.

The impact fee is allowed for new building or fire suppression vehicles in excess of $500,000.  There is no dollar limit on a building purchase/expansion.  Sunrise Engineering would look at the cost of the facility and would project it out to justify any increase and calculate the need for impact fees.  This can be for a current need or a projected need.  Impact fees can only be used for the items identified in the plan and only during the next six years.  If needed for a time-period longer than six years, the plan would need to show the need to save those funds up longer than that time-period.  If the funds are not used during the six years (or longer if documented), those fees would need to be refunded.

Fire Chief, Mike Wahlberg, asked if a new plan needed to be filed at the end of the six years to continue to collect.  Archibald said that a new plan would not necessarily need to be filed, the thing that would need to be kept up is the list of the capital improvements that the impact fees would be used for.  However, they typically do another study at the end of the six years to update the list and reevaluate the amount of the impact fee being charged.  As long as there is a need and the need continues, the impact fee can continue without a new plan.  The accounting for the fees is audited each year with the financial statements.  There is a spreadsheet kept which shows how much is still owed to the general fund for the building purchase, how much fee was received during the year, and the year endowed amount.

Archibald stated that the cost to prepare the plan is roughly $5,000 if they can do multiple studies at the same time.  If only one is done, then it would be $6-7,000.  Randall asked how to determine what the fee should be.  Archibald stated that they use “an equivalent residential unit”, rather than stating square footage of homes, outbuildings, etc.  Commercial users may be assessed at the rate of 3-4 residential units, based on the draw they will put on the system.  It would take them 30-45 days to put together a plan. 

The board would need to put together a plan for the new expansion of the station.  The plan would entail computing the level of service using the current number of residents divided by the square footage of the building.  Any increase in impact fees would involve providing that same ratio when new residences are included.  Another way to do it is by square footage, rather than a residential unit.

A square footage type plan might cost a little more to put it together.  Mike asked if the plan becomes invalid if the impact fees are still being collected beyond the expiration date written into the plan.  Scott stated that as long as the fees are used for the same capital improvement projects listed in the plan, then the plan would still be valid, although it might not include new projects that an impact fee could be increased to cover.  If the fees were used for a project not listed in the plan, then the fee would be used incorrectly.  There have been 50-60 new structures in 2017 and the projected growth is at least 200 new structures over the next 2 years.  A study of a random range of building permits for the past couple of years could be used to put together the square footage and growth estimates. 

The process of implementing a fee includes notifying the public of the intent to put together an impact fee analysis, then the study would be done, then the board would adopt an impact fee based on the recommendation of the study.  The analysis would be kept on file in the district and could be used to defend against any challenge.             

Archibald subsequently discussed the mechanics of impact fees. It would take 30 to 45 days to put a plan together and would cost five to seven thousand dollars, Knight said the board would take his comments into consideration and get back to him in the future. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Cisco’s Sonar

By Bryce Nielson, The Cisco Kid

We are now again in the midst of a Bear Lake winter.  Old timers knew it was coming but we sure enjoyed the nice days in January and early February.  The Lake will not freeze over and hopefully we can look forward to an early spring and warmer water in the Lake.

During these boring days, I look out over the Bear Lake and remember summers past.  During the drought, the retreating lake opened opportunities for people to drive out and enjoy the beaches.  Remember all the reactions of the local governments, Bear Lake Regional Commission, Sovereign Lands and our Utah legislators?  In the beginning fears of harming the lake led to a program to regulate usage of the beaches.  There were rules, many times different in Utah and Idaho about parking and driving in the dewatered areas.  Permits were given, sometimes only to adjacent property owners who were ticked off that people were obstructing their private views.  Later permits were given to a select few to launch their boats in front of their residences. 

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and Lands then got into the game.  It was their land under the Lake so they would manage it.  This came with a myriad of regulations concerning parking distances from the water, speed limits, parallel diving and OHV restrictions.  The beach in front of Garden City was divided into sections with each having their own rules.  Garden City then started taking over charging a trespass fee to park on the beach.  They also provided sanitary facilities.  In the meantime, they made a significant amount of money.  One year the Utah State Legislature passed a law prohibited accessing the beaches for most of the Lake.  A seasonal deputy was hired to enforce the law and many people were arrested.  The following year the law was repealed but rules and law enforcement remained.  People now believed the “Beach” was here to stay.  They had to stop littering, oil leaking and peeing on the beach.

Garden City spent a bunch of money getting a wetland delineation, obtaining a U.S. Corps of Engineers to dig ditches to drain the water off the beach.  The City Fathers then took down private gates and deemed all accesses open to the public.  A law suit filed by homeowners and after the lawyers made tons of money, the court finally ruled in favor of the homeowners.  Garden City then threatened Eminent Domain and money kept being wasted.  It was finally settled.

Much to the dismay of many citizens the Lake came up.  I had been preaching for years the lake would rise again but no one believed me.  Now the beaches are gone and the rocky shoreline is back.  Did all that activity harm the lake?  Biologically, I cannot see any damage.  I hope we learn from the past because Bear Lake will surely go down again.  No one can predict when that will happen so let’s just enjoy our beautiful lake and learn from our mistakes.    

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Snowy Pines

Photo by Cheryl Edwards, Garden City

Eradicate Quagga And Win $100,000

Bobbie Bicknell Coray, Reporter
Rich Civic Times

GARDEN CITY,  Utah.  February 23, 2018. Scott Tollentino, DRW, alerted the Rich Civic Times to a $100,000 prize which will be given to the researcher or lay person who can eradicate the Quagga Mussels without damaging local fisheries.  Quagga are invading lakes throughout the country and both Utah and Idaho are spending a lot of resources to  keep them out of Bear Lake.  But it is only a matter of time until Bear Lake is infested.
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is seeking innovative solutions to eradicate invasive zebra and quagga mussels from large reservoirs, lakes, and rivers in a cost effective and environmentally sound manner. Invasive mussel infestations pose significant logistical and economic challenges for local communities, recreationists, and water managers. Currently, no practical methods exist for large-scale eradication of invasive dreissenid mussel populations once they become widely established in a reservoir, lake, or river (referred to as “open water”). Solutions can be novel treatments or approaches that build upon existing treatments. This Challenge launches Stage 1 of a planned three-stage Grand Challenge that includes laboratory-scale and field-scale demonstrations.
Challenge Orientation Video: Subject matter experts from Reclamation discuss the need for innovative solutions to eradicate invasive mussels in open water:
Two species of dreissenid mussels, Dreissena polymorpha (zebra mussel) and Dreissena rostriformis “bugensis (quagga mussel), have become established in freshwater lakes, reservoirs, and rivers in the United States. Invasive dreissenid mussels pose significant challenges for Reclamation and all agencies and industries that manage water. Invasive mussels are prolific breeders and settle on or within water facility infrastructure such as water intakes, gates, diversion screens, hydropower equipment, pumps, pipelines, and boats. Infested water and hydropower infrastructure can fail or choke off water transmissions. Invasive mussels negatively impact the natural ecology, which can be detrimental to native and endangered species, including native fisheries. Maintaining and operating water supply and delivery facilities, water recreation, and other water dependent industries and economies in mussel infested water bodies are dramatically more expensive and complex. Public recreation may also be severely impacted by mussel infestations, from shell fragments degrading swim beaches to increased requirements and cost for boaters to have their watercraft inspected and decontaminated, and potential impacts on populations of game fish. Management of invasive mussel infestations can also lead to restricted public access, in some cases through a complete ban on public use of infested waters.
All questions, registrations, and official entries are found via the InnoCentive website