signs on to regional council idea
By Liz Lawyer
March 5, 2006 | WELLSVILLE -- The City Council voted
unanimously Wednesday to accept a resolution to create
a Cache Valley Regional Council to address issues affecting
Cache Valley residents.
The resolution was presented by H. Craig Petersen
of the Cache County Council. He presented a proposal
for the project, called Cache Vision 2020+. The regional
council would "identify important issues affecting Cache
Valley and promote cooperation between citizens and
elected officials in resolving those issues," according
to the resolution. Issues the regional council could
address would include air pollution, open space, transportation
and developing an an "inclusive society" for the growing
elderly and Hispanic populations, Petersen said.
The regional council would consist of 15 elected officials
from Cache and Franklin counties, including mayors,
city council members, state legislators and President
Stan Albrecht of Utah State University, as well as some
non-voting members as deemed necessary by the council,
"The voting members would all be accountable to the
people because they are elected," with the exception
of the president of USU, he said.
However, the council would not have the authority
to take action on any issue. "We're not asking for the
Council to have power to act," Petersen said. "It's
only a forum for ideas to be heard."
The regional council would be a reorganization of
the Countywide Planning and Development office governing
board, according to the resolution. The council would
be responsible for promoting cooperation between local,
state and federal officials regarding issues affecting
"I feel we've never had a mechanism in Cache Valley
to bring the town councils together to talk about issues
in a collaborative way," Petersen said.
Wendell Morse, director of development services in
the county planner's office, said the council would
not be limited to the topics mentioned in the presentation.
It could address water or any issue that affects residents
of the valley.
Though Petersen asked city council members if any
of them would like to participate in any of the committees
included in the project, none committed themselves to
Petersen said the resolution has already been adopted
by Dayton, Franklin, Weston and Preston cities, as well
as the Franklin County Commission and Cache County Council.
"It has been met with considerable enthusiasm," he
said of those who have already voted in favor of the
resolution. "It was adopted unanimously on the same
day we were there."
The Wellsville City Council followed suit and unanimously
adopted the measure before moving on to other topics.
The last time Cache Valley residents cooperated was
in 1902, Petersen said, when they faced problems due
to overgrazing by more than 1,000 sheep in the valley.