Voters in the College Ward and Young Ward areas of Cache Valley will vote Aug. 6 on whether to create a College-Young Township.
At a meeting of the Cache County Council on Tuesday, County Attorney Scott Wyatt read the first draft of a township ordinance that would, if passed at the council's next session June 25, enable College-Young Township to be Utah's first.Rather than hold two separate elections to establish the township and then elect the three members of its planning commission, Wyatt is proposing both those elections be held the same day.
"We don't have time to create the township and then have the primary . . . all of the other counties are doing it this way," Wyatt said.
The law governing townships, passed by the Legislature earlier this year, establishes a seven-member planning commission to manage the township's development.
Three at-large members are elected by the township's residents, three are appointed by the county council, and the seventh is appointed by the six-member council. Each commissioner would serve four years, although terms would be staggered so that three of the seven commissioners would be up for election or appointment every two years.
If six or fewer candidates register, Wyatt said, then no runoff election would be held.