Citizen Newsletter (January 2013-March 2013)
BRIGHAM CITY CORPORATION (435) 734-6612 PO Box 1005 20 North Main Street
January 2013 – March 2013
I would also like thank our Public Works employees for a great job on the snow removal. They worked many overtime hours, often working through the night and weekends to keep our roads plowed and safe. Thank you!
Grant Funding for Flood Control
We received FEMA funds last year of $160,000 with a 25% match to repair and to mitigate future flooding issues. The Mantua diversion structure was repaired, Mayor’s Pond was cleaned out, and work on the west side of Box Elder Creek was performed with the funds. We have recently received notice of a mitigation grant to repair the Mantua feeder canal and replace some culverts. The grant is for $425,000 with a 25% match. These repairs and mitigation efforts will improve the control of filling and bypassing the reservoir to greatly enhance the control of the spring runoff. Additional snow poles have also been installed to more accurately measure the amount of snow. Engineering calculations now provide the amount of moisture content available in the snow pack and how much can be put into the reservoir for irrigation versus how much must be released early down Box Elder Creek to prevent flooding.
Four multi use fields (soccer, lacrosse, rugby and football) have been completed at 1200 West just south of 400 South. The area has been referred to as an eventual Sport’s Complex. Sod was laid late last fall and lights installed. The fields should be available this spring if the sod is stable. The Recreation Department has determined that they could have up to ten tournaments per year with 20 teams at each tournament on these fields. The figures show that there is a significant economic impact to the community in the amount of money spent for lodging, gas, food, etc.
We continue to make progress on the concept of a Downtown Hotel and Community Center. I personally feel that we need a draw to come to the downtown area. A convention and community center with a hotel that can bring people here for meetings, receptions, arts, and other events will benefit the businesses, city and county. Since 1998 the City has invested money to clean up the downtown area and make it ready for development.
I have formed a task force to review the Academy Square/Downtown Hotel Project. The task force members are Steve Vincent (Chair), Tyler Anderson, Ron Germer, Gary Bywater, Brad Mortensen, Karen Cronin (School Board Member), LuAnn Adams (County Commissioner), and Mark Thompson (City Council Member). They have been briefed on all details of the project and have met with Western States Lodging. If you have questions, I am sure any of them would be glad to talk with you. They will report their recommendations to City Council.
Park Bowery Reservations
Park bowery reservations are now underway for the summer season which runs Memorial Day Weekend through September 30. Reservations can be made in person at the Recreation Office, located at 641 East 200 North, or online at www.brighamcity.utah.gov
under the “Residents” tab at the top. Fees must be paid before the reservation is calendared. Please note that electricity is only available at John Adams, Pioneer, and Rotary Constitution parks. If you have any questions regarding reservations or amenities, please call (435)734-6610.
Cemetery CleanupThe annual spring cleanup at the Brigham City Cemetery will begin on Monday, March 25. All flowers and decorations not in permanent containers and those in containers that are wilted, damaged or faded will be removed. All Christmas decorations (including poinsettias) will also be removed. Spring clean-up is done annually in preparation for Easter decorating. Patrons bringing decorations for spring or for the rest of the year should wait until the cleanup is completed before freshening up displays.
City Pride Cleanup
Many of us look forward to the annual City Pride Cleanup as a time to de-clutter our homes and our yards. Dumpsters will be made available to the public from May 4-May 12 to dispose of items. More information will be available in the BENJ as this date approaches.
2013 Election News
Qualifications for a candidate are:
1. Be a United States citizen.
Mayor Dennis J. Fife
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