Lehi City Council hears pleas for traffic signs in local neighborhood

Donna Barnes | Lehi Free Press

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Lehi City Council met in Pre-council and Council meetings on October 9. All members were in attendance. During regular Council meeting in the citizen input section, citizens from the Willow Springs development approached the Council about the dangerous conditions for children in their neighborhood.

Jake Stone, a representative from the citizens, presented a petition with 120 signatures to Mayor Mark Johnson requesting stop signs. He said, “My kids have almost been hit by traffic.” Mayor Johnson told Stone and other residents from the neighborhood, “We will have to have a traffic engineer look at this. They will do an intense investigation.”

Wade Allred, head of the roads department, replied, “We can’t restrict people from going through your neighborhood. We probably have too many stop signs in the city. There are key things we look at when putting in stop signs.”

Mayor Johnson explained that Lehi City uses the Manuel of Traffic Control Devices, a template for how cities govern traffic. He said, “98% of cities use this manual to manage traffic.” Using this as a guide, Mayor Johnson agreed that a traffic study would be done.

Keith Jonsson, local mink rancher, spoke to the City Council concerning development around his mink farm. “Approval has been given to start to build homes and there is no agreement,” said Jonsson. “New homeowners will be liable if the light from their homes affects mink. Developers just take the money and run. There is nothing on paper.”

He continued, “’The Right to Farm’ agreement has not been followed. What about the church across the street? Lights from cars hit my mink. The church promised there would be no activity at the church after 7:00 pm.”

Mayor Johnson said, “I will talk to the engineer on this development. We will get both parties together.”

The City Council unanimously approved The Busk subdivision, a 6-lot subdivision located at 275 North Willow Park Road. They also approved final subdivision approval for Busk Plat A, a 3-lot residential subdivision located at the same location.

City Council unanimously approved amendments to Lehi City Development Code, Chapters 11 and 12. The amendment removed vinyl fencing from allowable fencing material and made other changes to the code.

Two new members of the Library Board of Directors were also approved. The new members are Heather Keele and Kylie Bair.

An interlocal agreement was approved, amending and joining Central Utah 911. With the addition of Juab County, the name required a change.

The final agenda item to be approved was Resolution #2018-58, approving the Dry Creek Dam and Reservoir Cooperative Agreement between North Utah County Water Conservancy District and Lehi City. Lehi City will build and maintain the reservoir to the wooden fence line. RB&G is the engineering firm responsible for the construction of the dam. Lehi City will pay 3 million for the project. It should be finished by the spring of 2020. Lehi head engineer, Lorin Powell, said there were still some issues with Highland City they are hoping to resolve.

When asked about the size of the reservoir, Powell said, “It will be about the size of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon. It will be about 30 feet deep.”

Heather Miller, representative for Lehi Family Week, presented the Family Week Proclamation to Mayor Johnson. This is the 18th year for Family Week in Lehi. Miller said, “Strong families are the foundation of our community.” Mayor Johnson read the proclamation to Council members and audience.

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