GROWTH ON THE WEST SIDE • Mona City and Juab County have some issues to work out, including the area west of the city. Juab County officials say the growth is coming, and they would like to provide an enterprise zone for businesses wishing to locate there. Mona officials would like to have a bigger say in what businesses will be allowed to locate in their growth plan. According to this sign near the road to Houewling’s Tomatoes and the power plant, property owners are looking to benefit either way.
By Myrna Trauntvein
Mona no longer wants the county roads that are also Mona City streets and rescinded the offer to take ownership of those streets.
Bill Mills, Mona Mayor, and Mike Stringer, city council member, met with Juab County Commissioners on Monday following a recent meeting that they had read about in the newspaper where Seth Atkinson, Nephi City Administrator, had met with the commission.
In that meeting, Atkinson had met with the commission to inform them that there was an interlocal agreement with Nephi, Mona, Levan and the county that was put in place in the 1990s that made Nephi City the operator of the main gas delivery line in the area.
“I have to look in the paper to find out what is going on,” said Mills. “I have no problem with a redundant line because we need it. We would just like to be the ones to charge Houweling’s for the gas.”
He did, however, have trouble with the county not informing Mona of what was going on when it affected Mona.
“I got an attorney, and it is a shame that I had to,” Mills said.
As for the road, Mills said, Atkinson told the county that there was an agreement, which was not recorded, but was in the minutes for each entity in 1991, that Nephi can dig in the streets.
“We have not made any decisions,” said Clinton Painter, commissioner.
The commission had asked for Ryan Peters, county attorney, to review the interlocal agreement and the request to allow Mona to own their own streets.
“I am not accusing you of being sneaky,” said Mills, “but of not informing us. Until we can come to a happy agreement, we are not interested in the road.”
Byron Woodland, commission chairman, said that he was pleased that Mona was rescinding the offer to take over the roads.
“I would like to see Mona and Nephi work it out,” he said. “I don’t want to get stuck between two communities. Mona and Nephi need to work this through.”
The county did not yet have Peters’ opinion on transferring the road from the county to the city and on the interlocal agreement.
Mills said that he would continue working with Atkinson.
There were other issues that were of concern to the council, Mills said. For one, the county had taken the whole west side of the industrial expansion area that Mona had planned. The city was not receiving a dime from any of the ventures locating there.
Woodland said he would like to know what Mills thought the county was doing to exclude Mona.
Mills said that the county allowed two mink farms to go into that west Mona area, had allowed solar panels for a solar farm, had allowed Houwelings and the electric generation plant.
Glenn Greenhalgh, county planning director, said that it was ordinances which ran the county. His job was to make certain that ordinances were followed.
When Mona’s planning commission came before the council with a recommendation, said Mills, it was still the council’s decision.
“Maybe it is time to change the ordinance,” said Mills.
“We are not recruiting businesses,” said Greenhalgh. “A lot of property owners want to put their property to a more beneficial use. That’s what is driving that.”
The county was growing, said Greenhalgh, and there was property available in the Mona area. The county could not tell a property owner that he could not sell his property.
“I asked Seth about a tap,” said Stringer. “But he said we couldn’t do that.”
Peters said that he now had a copy of the 1990 interlocal agreement in his office and would be happy to share it with Mona. However, Mills said, the city already had a copy.
“I do not want to get in the middle,” said Woodland.
He said he did not think it was wise for the county to take sides because it would seem as if they were favoring one city over the other. It was better to have the two cities involved work out the issue between them.