Heber City Council Set To Review Another Annexation Application And Discuss Proposed High School

Heber City Council meets Tuesday evening to discuss another annexation area, the new high school and other items.

Heber’s City Council meet in a work meeting starting at 4:30. At 5:00 the council will have a discussion on long-term funding mechanisms for Historic Downtown Heber led by City Manager Matt Brower.

During the regular meeting at 6:00 Council will discuss an application for annexation from the North Village area. The 67-acre area runs along US 40 near and around the Utah Valley University campus.

If the council approves the request the area will not automatically be annexed into the city but will allow the petitioners and city to move forward to the next step in the process. The application joins other properties seeking to annex into the city including the 5,000-unit development known as the Sorenson annexation.

Additionally, in Tuesday evenings meeting the council will have a discussion regarding the proposed location of the new high school. Wasatch County School District will likely propose their $150 million bond at their board meeting on Tuesday. If the bond is passed during November’s election the money will go to building the district’s second high school and a new Midway Elementary school to replace the current one.

Finally, the council will consider switching their banking services. After 20 years with Wells Fargo, the city issued a request for proposals to provide the city with more options. After analysis, a staff report recommends Zions Bank be used for the city’s banking needs.

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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/.