There are several items I would like to give you an update on so I’ll do my best to be brief.
First, I want to let everyone know we are continuing to work toward selling the utilities near the end of February. The vote in November made it possible for the utilities to be sold, and we are continuing to work out the last remaining details on the asset purchase agreements. The final documents will still need to be presented to the City Council and signed by me after approval. As planned, you will see your last gas and electric charges on the City bill around the second week in March. If there are any changes to this plan we will certainly let you know. You will continue to receive a bill for your water, sewer, storm drain and trash through the City.
Did you know we have a City cemetery? You may see a map of the location here. The cemetery is located north of the rodeo grounds along Eagle Mountain Boulevard. It was approved in 2014 and a road, irrigation and sod have been put in as the first phase. This coming year, our budget will consider additional funds for the entry, or monument sign, landscaping, as well as fencing around the property. The City Council will weigh in on those improvements as part of the budget process. The cemetery is currently the final resting place for two people. While the aesthetics of the cemetery may not be polished yet, it is a cemetery, and I ask that all residents be respectful of the intended use, and refrain from using it for recreation. While we are working to add content about the new cemetery to the City website, you are welcome to contact the City Recorder’s office for additional information including pricing to purchase a plot. The Recorder’s office can be reached at 801-789-6611 or 801-789-6634.
On the subject of the State prison relocation, I have been in active communication with several individuals associated with the process. I am meeting with the engineer tasked with collecting information for the site selection process, and we will be working to reconcile the huge difference in projected costs for the Eagle Mountain site. The purpose of this is to make certain that the voting members of the Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) have an accurate view of the potential costs of moving the prison to Eagle Mountain. We have a draft report compiled to present to the PRC members, and we should be making our final edits to the report this week. Our intent is to present the report to the PRC and to offer a guided site visit to the PRC members some time this month. With a decision that will have such a significant impact on the community that is chosen, I feel it is a reasonable expectation that each of the members visit the three sites under consideration. I will keep you posted about that meeting.
Lastly, there was another accident on Sunset Dr. and Cory Wride Memorial Highway last week. I want to acknowledge residents’ safety concerns over this intersection. I also want to let you know that we are continuing to work with UDOT on bringing a signal to this intersection. The intersection and surrounding area has undergone a traffic study and the signal is currently in the design phase with UDOT. While I can’t set expectations for when the signal will be in place, I will tell you that the project is progressing well.