Uinta County Herald | City rezones for inbound event center

EVANSTON — Prior to the start of any agenda items, a draw for the Crimestoppers raffle was held at the Evanston Town Council meeting on Tuesday 15th March. Members of Crimestoppers – EPD Chief Mike Vranish, Sgt. Ken Pearson — and the organization’s president, Lexi Lamb, were on hand to recognize the winners.

Lamb borrowed a hat from Evanston Chamber of Commerce executive director Tammy Staley, who was in the audience, to put the tickets on, then asked council members to draw the winners. Shawn Stahl won first place, winning $1,000; Jeremy Lamb received $400 for second place and Parnell Lym is $100 richer after being drawn for third place.

The main topic of discussion at the meeting was a request from Equine Capital Network for a rezoning for 154 acres of property from the agricultural settlement to the developing highway.

Evanston’s Director of Engineering and Planning, Dean Barker, provided information on the proposed area change. A public hearing by Evanston Planning and Zoning was held on March 7 and, after hearing from the applicant, affected landowners and the general public, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend that council approve the zoning change. .

“The request is consistent with the city’s master plan,” Barker said. “There is access from Yellow Creek Road and if it is subdivided, we can work with the developer on this. The plans are for mixed use, with an RV park, restaurants, a hotel, a ample parking and an indoor and outdoor recreation facility.

Barker provided a computerized map of the area and the design plan.

The mayor then asked if there were any questions from council or if anyone from the public wanted to say anything.

Lori Carleton, who attended the public planning and zoning hearing, spoke to council.

“I have a few concerns to share,” Carleton said. “Was there a feasibility study? I’m concerned about how much water it would take, especially with the drought conditions. I am also concerned about the wildlife in this area that graze there and possibly the loss of money that hunting and fishing brings to the area if wildlife is pushed back. It looks like this development will be aimed at the wealthy person. If it goes ahead, I hope locals can afford to frequent the facilities.

Evanston Mayor Kent Williams thanked Carleton and told him he appreciated his concerns.

Barker reminded the public and council that the current request was only for a zone change and, if the developer leaves, the change is still in line with the master plan.

“A good thing about it is that it doesn’t involve any city dollars,” Williams said. “It’s a private company, and we appreciate their efforts. Personally, I am delighted to see someone who is willing to invest this large amount of resources in our community. This has not happened for many years. »

The council voted unanimously to approve the zone change on first reading. It will be read and voted on twice before final approval.

During the meeting, Holly Law was reappointed for a five-year term on the board of the Evanston Housing Authority.

A parade permit for the Evanston Cowboy Days Labor Day Parade, which will take place on Monday, September 5, has been approved; and a limited malt beverage permit for the annual Cowboy Days celebration at the Uinta County Fairgrounds, to be held Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5, was also approved.

The council approved in third and final reading the ordinance amending the city’s fire code and adopting the 2021 edition of the International Fire Code.

Evanston’s attorney, Dennis Boal, addressed the resolution authorizing the city to enter into a license agreement with Union Telephone Company to provide access and utilities to a cellular communications site.

“This agreement gives Union Telephone access to utility services and the cellular communications site for five years,” Boal said, “and we can renew this license agreement six additional times. The initial cost is $5,000 for the first five years, with a 10% increase in cost with each renewal.”

The latest resolution was addressed by Evanston’s Director of Public Works, Gordon Robinson, regarding a professional services agreement with Hazen and Sawyer to provide engineering services for the plant’s process improvement study. Evanston water treatment.

Robinson told council that the water treatment plant is now 20 years old and they need to figure out what needs to be improved. He said it’s obvious the filters are getting old and there are signs of deterioration.

The board approved the two resolutions for the agreement with Union Telephone and with Hazen and Sawyer.

During department comments, Chief Vranish thanked everyone for supporting the Crimestoppers raffle.

Staley, the chamber director, announced that the chamber legislative breakfast would be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Roundhouse on Thursday, April 7.

Joseph K. Bennett