Wasatch County Council Meets For First Time In 2020

Wasatch County Council meets for the first time in 2020 on Wednesday.

Members of the Wasatch County Council will meet in a regular session Wednesday afternoon beginning at 3:00 pm. Among those attending will be council member Danny Goode. KPCW reported in November Goode had announced his intention to resign from the council at the end of 2019. Goode says he was convinced in a closed session meeting on December 26th by his fellow council members that his resignation may have been premature. Agenda items at Wednesday’s meeting include County Chair and Vice Chair appointments for the year, as well as council board and Special Service District appointments for members of the Wasatch County Council. The council will also consider and appointing people to the planning commission and Transient Room Tax Board.

The council will first begin by considering action on a refugee resettlement consent letter. In September of last year, the Trump administration issued an executive order allowing state and local governments to choose whether they would accept additional refugees into their jurisdictions or not. In response Utah Governor Gary Herbert sent a letter in late October to the president asking for more refugees to be sent to the state. Since that time other local governments in the state such as Salt Lake and Utah counties have signed similar letters. Wasatch County Council will consider adding their own voice to those in that list. Summit County Council will also consider a similar resolution at their meeting this week.

At 6:00 pm the council will hold a public hearing. Wasatch County is eligible to apply for funding through the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities program. The council will provide the public with information about the grant and allow for discussion of possible applications. The program can fund a wide variety of activities including construction of public works and facilities such as water and sewer lines, the cost to build fire stations, and provision of public services such as food banks or homeless shelters. The hearing will cover eligible activities, program requirements and expected funding allocations for the area.

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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/.