Envision Heber 2050 Holding Community Vision Open House On Wednesday

Envision Heber 2050 is the city’s efforts to update their general plan. The city will be hosting an open house Wednesday evening to present information and receive feedback from the public.

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The community vision open house takes place Wednesday evening at the Heber Valley Elementary School located at 730 South 600 West. Heber City manager Matt Brower says the open house is the second of three meetings scheduled to discuss the Heber City general plan update.

“Dedicated to the update of the city general plan,” Brower continued. “We branded this effort as Envision Heber 2050, trying to look out 30 years to imagine what Heber will be over the course of three decades. We’ve had an initial open house where we had people come in and begin the visioning process. The open house that’s scheduled for May 15th, will be looking at the four scenarios or the four themes that were generated from the first open house. Asking people to say did we get it right? What’d we miss? What do they like about those scenarios? Let us know what they’re thinking.”

The event begins with a soft open at 6:00 pm with attendees able to look at maps and other materials, that will be followed by a presentation from 6:30 to about 7:15. At the conclusion of the presentation attendees will take an online survey to provide feedback on the four scenarios they were shown.

“Look at the themes and the patterns they like from each one and then give us some information about their ideas or their visions themselves,” Brower explained. “So, although there’s four scenarios, what we’re hoping the attendees will do is pick out what they like from each scenario. In other words, take a shopping cart, if you will, say I like this aspect of this scenario or maybe that aspect of that scenario. Then they’ll be able to record that and let the team know what they were thinking and what they like.”
The steering committee will then consider the feedback heard at Wednesday’s meeting and move forward preparing for the final scheduled open house on August 1st.

“We’ll be looking at trying to finalize the vision,” Brower said. “Which then, we will again make public. Ask the community whether they believe that we got it right, or whether there’s some more aspects that we need to dial in.”

You can provide input and follow along with the Heber City general plan update here.

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.