Wasatch County Council Considering Eliminating Library Late Fees, Land Swap With Heber Light & Power

Wasatch County Council will discuss the elimination of library late fees, a land swap with Heber Light & Power and Mayflower Mountain Resort at this Wednesday’s meeting.

Wasatch County Council will meet Wednesday afternoon beginning with a work session at 3:00. Meeting in the county administration building located at 25 North Main in Heber the council will consider eliminating library late fees.

Wasatch County Libraries could be following suit of other area libraries by eliminating late fees in their library system. Research has shown that late fees do not deter returning items on time, but they do discourage some community members from using library services at all.

Should the council vote to get rid of late fees, Wasatch County’s library system would be following Summit County and Park City’s library systems, as well as Duchesne County and Uintah County.

The proposal will eliminate fees for overdue materials as well as replacements for lost library cards and provide the library director with discretion about how much to charge for lost or badly damaged items.

Wasatch County Council will also consider a memorandum of understanding with Heber Light & Power regarding a five-acre land swap.

The land swap would involve a Wasatch County-owned parcel located on the northwest corner of 300 South and 600 West of Heber becoming Heber Light & Power property. In exchange, the county would receive land near the county’s event center south of the Heber City Water Department and west of the Heber Valley Railroad Station. Both properties are about five acres in size and the two entities believe they are of similar value. After an appraisal, if there is a material difference in values of the properties the two anticipate a cash payment in the transaction.

The council will also discuss procedures issuance for potential open space bonds, as well as discussion and potential action on the county employer-assisted housing program, as well as receive a report on Mayflower Mountain Resort developments in regard to both the developer Extell, and the administrative government agency MIDA.

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