Facebook Twitter

County dateline briefs

SHARE County dateline briefs

Clearfield

Olympic banners and flags were presented to Clearfield by the Top of Utah Committee on Tuesday night.

The city will be hanging the flags and banners during the week to gear up for the Olympics. After the Games, the decorations will be offered to the public through a citywide auction.

Clearfield City Council received attention last year for delaying its decision to buy the flags and banners for the city. Council members were concerned about spending money on Olympic decorations because no Olympic events were being held in the town or in Davis County.

Draper

Two new parks have been approved by the City Council.

Construction on the Galena Hills Park, 12300 S. 550 West, will probably begin by 2005. The park will include four baseball/softball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and picnic areas. It will also be bordered by an elementary school that Jordan School District is planning.

The construction of Smith Fields Park, 13450 S. 300 East, will also begin within the next couple of years. That park will feature a skating park, a new amenity to Draper's park system. The park will also have baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and a picnic area.

Specific designs and concerns about noise and lighting from the park will be addressed as the plans become more concrete. The City Council has only approved concept plans for the two parks.

Farmington

Davis County commissioners sported cowboy hats, boots and shirts at a commission meeting Tuesday as a display of their support for the Davis County 2002 Olympic Rodeo to be held Feb. 9-11 in Farmington.

"We're going to be cowboys from now until Feb. 11," Commissioner Carol Page said.

The commissioners are inviting other employees of Davis County to don western wear from now until the event.

Commissioner Dannie McConkie said county leaders are celebrating the fact they got over a "hump" last week when Olympic organizers announced the rodeo would indeed have its planned Olympic sponsorship after weeks of talk that it may not. McConkie said he is excited about the event and that the controversy surrounding it has boosted ticket sales.

Midvale

To facilitate the extension of the Jordan River Parkway across a Superfund site, the city will seek protection against having to pay for problems if further environmental problems are discovered.

The prospective purchaser's agreement, which the City Council has approved, would remove liability from the city if the tailings on the Sharon Steel Superfund site leak in the Jordan River. The tailings have been capped, and the site is considered safe for construction.

Midvale plans to extend the Jordan River Parkway south, on the east side of the river, starting at 7800 South. The city also plans to build a road adjacent to the parkway. Because the city will not own any of the property, but will only receive easements for their construction, the liability would remain with the property owner.

The agreement still needs to be signed by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.