Heber City Council To Discuss Plans For Growth North Of Town

Heber City Council meets Tuesday evening to discuss amongst other items, growth north of town just off highway 40.

Heber City Council members meet in council chambers at the Heber City Tabernacle located at 75 North main Street.

Council begins their work with a 4:30 pm work meeting. Items on the work meeting agenda include discussions around the 2019-2020 FY budget, a proposed development near 2200 South Highway 40, and consideration of designating a land use authority.

At 6:00 pm council will consider a donation request of $1,500 to the Airport’s commemorative museum D-Day 75th anniversary. The council will also hear a request to waive an event fee for a motorcycle ride in July meant to raise funds to fight thyroid cancer.

The council will also have a discussion surrounding a memorandum of understanding between the City and Red Ledges on a timeline for the completion of their portions of the Eastern Bypass.

The council will also consider adopting an ordinance approving the VXC Annexation. That annexation is located north of town east of highway 40. The staff report says the annexation would bring in at most 272 dwelling units and the annual property tax revenue would yield $912 per acre. For comparison, the entire city averages $263 annual per acre property tax revenue.

Another item on the agenda will see the Police Department requesting approval to clean out their evidence room, that approval is required by law. The staff report notes that the purging of the evidence room happens on a regular and consistent basis. The report also noted that all items up for consideration have been documented and notifications have been made to possible owners. Over 250 items will be considered for destruction, ranging from phones, fake ID’s, keys, and a lot of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Other items like a camp stove, jewelry, a wheelchair and a gun will be sold if approved by the council.

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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/.