Minutes: Wednesday March 1, 2006 - 7:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy
3430 East Danish Road
Sandy, Utah 84093-2139
District One & Two District Three District Four District Five
Merrill Stillman* Tod Young (Chair/ TR)* Nancy Winter* Susan Vogler (Vice Chair)*
Spencer Mortensen* Craig Bishop Alan Buchanan (Secretary)*
1) Call To Order 7:00
a) Welcome by Chair
b) Pledge of Allegiance
2) First Business
a) Sheriffs Report – Corbett Ford.
a. Granite West January 2006 report has 67 calls for Service, resulting in 46
cases. (Up 50% from December 2005).
b. Five suspicious Activity cases resulted in 6 cases.
c. Three public peace „mental psycho‟ calls resulted in 3 cases.
d. Five public civil order calls resulted in 4 cases.
e. Five car prowl calls resulted in six cases
f. Two burglary forced-entries resulted in two cases
g. Four reportable traffic accident cases resulted from 3 calls.
h. Most thefts can be avoided by using safe practices. If you must leave items in
a vehicle on the street, lock them out sight in the glove box or trunk. Open
garage doors are an open invitation for theft.
i. Identity Theft continues to rise. Please shred all critical documents. Do not
give out vital information over the phone. Susan related a recent scam
involving her mother and going around her neighborhood presenting
themselves something to the effect of „Starving College Students‟. She had
an extremely difficult time getting rid of them.
b) County Mayor‟s Office – Ann Ober
a. Ann was not in attendance.
c) Sandy City water tank presentations and discussion.
a. Shane Pace – Sandy City Public Utilities
Sandy City is proposing replacing or supplementing the current 1.5 million
gallon water tank built in 1970 with a 5 million gallon water tank. The larger
tank has been in the Granite master plan since 2000. The larger capacity is
needed because the current tank typically fills and drains four times a day.
Cal Richardson‟s property was stated to be Sandy City‟s preferred location.
But in order to verify the site was acceptable, a seismic survey would have to
be performed. Documented faults exist next to Cal‟s property, but no
„apparent‟ faults exist on the site without further surveys. This would involve
significant trenching to eliminate the risk of locating the water tank on top of
dangerous faults. Five other locations were also considered including: 1) The
former Jeffs property; 2) in Glacio Park; 3) The Despain property; 4) The
Boulders area; and 5) a Chrome Springs location. In addition to being
physically large enough to fit a 5 million gallon structure, some of the other
selection criteria included: successful seismic survey, piping & booster station
right-of-ways (preferably within +20 ft elevation of the Pepperwood tank), and
safety from EPA contaminants. Sandy City indicated that they were glad to
have Bruce in attendance, because Cal had been difficult to deal with in the
past. The Council asked if condemning the property using eminent domain
was being considered. Sandy City replied that they hoped it could be
resolved by mutual agreement, but all options were being considered.
b. Bruce Richardson (Cal‟s son) – property owner
Bruce indicated that there are some very active faults in the area, and offered
to point them out to anyone interested. He read an editorial from the Sandy
Journal periodical that questioned the wisdom of building the tank near the
Southeast corner of Wasatch Blvd and South Little Cottonwood Canyon
Road. He suggested locating the tank in the old Jeff‟s compound. According
to the maps brought by Sandy City, there were three known fault lines that
the connecting pipelines would have to traverse. Bruce indicated that there
were two inclined faults that meet at some unknown distance below ground
level that make the location particularly unsuitable. In the meeting, Sandy City
raised their offer for the property from $650K to $1M. Bruce Richardson
indicated that it was more than about money. In addition to public safety,
there is the family house, the workshop, relocation, etc. to be considered.
c. Chad Evans – Granite Water Co. & neighbor
Mr. Evans outlined his family‟s friendship with Cal Richardson over the years.
It was his family that sold Cal the property decades ago. Chad has witnessed
the residential growth in recent years, and the increased demand for water
has placed increased demands on the community.
3) Council Business
a. Application #22474 9361 S.N. Little Cottonwood Road (discussion only)
Single-family residence in the FR-20 FCOZ Zone (Irv Eastman). This is a
portion of the 27 acres owned by Robert & Richard Despain. The zoning
change would be to FR10 (1 building on 10 acres). It would include an
easement for access to the proposed Bonneville Shoreline Trail, but the
location of the easement remains nebulous. Approval has been received from
the EPA. 52,000 tons of material will be remediated. Cultural, Gentech,
seismic, water (Telford tank), etc. studies have been completed. Neighbors
have been notified as required and the 30-day review period has started.
b. Application #22872: 3601 E. Little Cottonwood Road (The “Cocur Ame” PUD
subdivision in the former Jeffs property (Recommendation required) The
GCC had given conditional approval of the proposal presented to them by the
previous developer. The latest plat maps showed significant unit growth to
about 3,000 square feet dwellings with a 2-car garage on a 10,000-ft2 lot
(R110). It was mentioned that the originally approved concept of an upscale
low-maintenance retirement community could turn into ski/snowboarder
rentals. No provisions are apparent for guest parking and lighting was an
issue. Concern was expressed that both entrances would be blocked during
canyon closures for avalanche control, adding to the existing community
safety hazard. So. Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd is dangerous without adding
a fourth intersection to the blind curve near where it intersects Little
Cottonwood Lane and Alta Ridge Drive. Has anyone looked into using the
unimproved alley from Little Cottonwood Lane that leads to the water
company monitoring building east of the Smart‟s home for alternate access?
More clarifications are needed. Nancy Winters proposed that the GCC
request a 30-day delay for review, seconded by Spencer Mortensen, and
c. Application #22826: 10658 S. Dimple Dell Road: „Lucky Chance‟ PUD
subdivision (6 5 lots), Jeff Horsley (recommendation required). Joan &
Sherwin Knudsen sold the 5.97 acres of property to Jeff. The proposed PUD
development of 5 lots would require no rezoning. The entrance to the
property is located north of the „corner‟ in Dimple Dell, and visibility was
mentioned as a possible issue. Since no zoning changes were required, the
recommendation for approval was put to a vote. Susan proposed that the
development be approved as presented. Merrill seconded the motion, and
was approved unanimously.
d. Report from the 2/14 Planning Commission Meeting: Omitted for lack of time.
4) Council Business 9:05 PM
1. Review & approve Secretary‟s minutes. Omitted: lack of time
2. Treasurer‟s Report. Omitted: lack of time
3. ACCT Notes Omitted: lack of time
a. Planning & Zoning: (S. Mortensen) Omitted: lack of time
b. Parks: Geologic View Area (S. Vogler) Omitted: lack of time
5. Lobbying & phone tree: (T. Young)
6. A GCC website „Money Mailer‟ advertising concept was presented by Tod as a
potential method for spreading community awareness. (Decision item)
1. $325/ea mailing for 10,000 mailers.
2. Mailers are targeted for local area
Merrill moved that the council approve that the GCC mailings, and Spencer
seconded the motion. The council unanimously approved sending out the
5) Adjourn 9:10 PM
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