Heber City Council Approves Sewer Contract, Declares October ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Month’
At Tuesday’s Heber City council meeting, negotiations on a sewer contract ended, guaranteeing service to a large swath of Wasatch County. The council also dedicated October to raising awareness about domestic violence and restricted industrial developments.
The Twin Creeks Special Service District serves the water-related needs of about 4,000 people in eastern Wasatch County. At the Heber City council meeting Tuesday, it agreed to connect to Heber City sewer lines that flow to a sewer plant.
The prior contract between the district and city is set to expire in early 2022.
The new one plans for growth of about 3,000 homes in the next three decades. It also allows Charleston Town to use the same pipes.
Charleston buildings have only ever been able to use septic tanks. Options for tanks large enough to serve commercial buildings and the Soldier Hollow Charter School located there are limited.
The new sewer connection will allow for more complex developments in the town.
“We have been working on this about three and a half years,” Charleston Mayor Brenda Kozlowski told the council. “Charleston needs that sewer to do any kind of structure to our city. We need to make sure that it’s done right.”
In other action, the council unanimously declared October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”
Before the official vote, Peace House Executive Director Kendra Wyckoff went before the council.
She said, “21% of the survivors last year that came to Peace House came from Wasatch County, and the majority of them were from Heber City. To change this culture of silence, we must shine a light on abuse and talk about domestic violence in our everyday conversations. We are so grateful to Mayor Potter and the city council’s commitment to recognize and sign a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”
The city will tie purple ribbons on street posts to mark the month of awareness.
The council also voted unanimously to prevent storage sheds and mechanic shops from being built in its industrial zone for the next six months.
The zone includes part of the southwest corner of the city next to the airport as well as the train station and other parcels.
Councilman Mike Johnston said the city’s looking into changing the purpose of the zone, but no official decisions have been made.
Craig Hancock of the Utah Department of Transportation gave an update on the agency’s study of how to improve transportation for US 40 traffic that currently passes through Heber Main Street.
He said there are currently 13 proposals, including options to build roads west or east of the city or alter the passage through the city.
He said UDOT will open a 30-day public comment period on October 5.
Also on that day, UDOT will hold a virtual public meeting to present the 13 road concepts and answer questions. The next day, October 6, it’ll present the same information and answer questions in an open house at Heber Valley Elementary.
For more information on the study, visit hebervalleyeis.udot.utah.gov.