Wasatch County Council Wednesday Agenda Includes Wallsburg Zoning Discussion And Memorial Hill MOU

Wasatch County Council meets Wednesday evening. The council will discuss growth in the Jordanelle and Wallsburg as well as a request to build a memorial for US Armed Forces Veterans.

Wasatch County Council meets in a regular session Wednesday at the county administration building located at 25 North Main in Heber. The council will begin at 3:00 pm with a presentation on a census partnership program, this ahead of the 2020 census.

Afterwards the council will discuss and possibly approve a memorandum of understanding between the county, the American Legion, Midway City and the developers of Whitaker Farm. The MOU is in regard to a desire from the American Legion to build a memorial on or near Memorial Hill for county residents who have served in the US armed forces. The county is considering asking that Midway City, and the developer who has obligations to build a roundabout and parking lot at the base of Memorial Hill work with the legion to ensure some sort of monument or flag be placed in the round-about.

The county council will also hear a request for amendments to the already approved Mayflower Marina west Master Plan. That development is located on the east side of US 40 on both sides of Deer hollow Road. The development is requesting an additional 46,000 square feet of commercial, an additional 43 affordable housing units, and an additional 53 equivalent residential units. As well as 1,000 parking spots.

Finally, Wasatch County Council will hold a public hearing at 6:00 pm regarding changes to the General Plan as it relates to the Wallsburg Planning Area. And the South Hills Planning Area. The changes would allow for increased density in P-160 zones. A Public hearing regarding this same topic was scheduled for the September 4th council meeting but was delayed because of technical difficulties.

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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/.