In the Lehi City Council meeting on July 12, a long discussion took place regarding the widening of Center Street to provide safe access to the new Skyridge High School for people who live south of the new school. To avoid condemnation, Lee Smith, who owns property to the East of the proposed road widening, has agreed to cooperate with Lehi City in allowing about a ½ acre to be used by the city on the road. The City and Smith are still negotiating on the value and price of the land.
The road straightening project will now have to be moved slightly west. Dennis Schoonover, who owns property on the west side of the road, spoke to the Council about his desire that the large trees on his property be saved and suggested a higher retaining wall for the road. Another property owner on the west side of the road, Larry Lindstrom, was not present at the meeting.
The City has been aware of the issue of the need to straighten this portion of Center Street for over three years and a complete resolution to the road widening is still not clear. School starts on August 22.