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ULCT ended November and started December with the Land Use Task Force, a water nutrient meeting at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Newly Elected trainings, and other meetings.

Land Use Task Force

The Land Use Task Force took and unexpected twist last week as it learned that Sen. Niederhauser’s Transfer Fees Bill had been offered to address Legislative Interim testimony that had accused a certain Wasatch Back County of cronyism in its administration of its land use code.  Sen. Niederhauser quickly acknowledged that while a good transfer fee bill may be beneficial legislation, he was looking for a deeper inquiry into how to stem the appearance of limitless discretion and the potential for cronyism in land use administration.  His concern appears to be with those few counties that grant urban densities in unincorporated areas, without clear methods.  After a fair amount of pointed discussion, it appeared that he was focused on an aberration and that he did not intend to undermine land use discretion generally.  Needless to say, this turn of events captured the group’s attention for most of the meeting.  Look for this issue to carry over into next interim’s discussions.

The group added direction to the Eminent Domain for Trails bill, requesting additional restrictions on the use of condemnation with respect to trail lengths and multi-jurisdiction trails.  The PRC also identified opposition within its ranks that the ULCT will attempt to quell before the session begins.  The Task Force also approved the revisions to the Impact Fees bill and the Development Standards bill.  Both bills are off to Leg Research.  The last Task Force meeting for the interim is scheduled for Monday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. after LPC.  At that meeting, we hope to achieve a resolution for the Fines for Nuisance abatement issue, and to get to consensus on Sen. Niederhauser’s Transfer Fee bill.

Late in the week, we learned that the State Engineer’s Office intended to pursue a bill to reverse the Jensen v. Jones and Big Ditch decisions without addressing certain serious concerns identified by the ULCT over the interim.  This is a bold move on the State Engineer’s part because legislators, who are known for their expertise in water and who are also keenly interested in these issues, have relied on the State Engineer’s promise to resolve issues that the ULCT has raised.

Water nutrient Core Group:

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality invited ULCT to represent local government on its internal Nutrient Core Group.  The Division of Water Quality is developing a plan for establishing quality standards for nutrients, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus.  This week’s meeting brought together several potential stakeholders.  First, science representatives explained the potential negative impact of excess nitrogen and phosphorous on humans, drinking water, biology, water recreation, and the environment.  For example, the excess nutrients could lead to the death of plants, animals, and fish, and threats to human health.  Second, agricultural representatives expressed concern that increased nutrient regulations would increase the cost on Utah farmers and ranchers.  Third, a representative of Publicly Owned Treatment Works argued that the potential regulations could cost local governments and special service districts over $1 billion to comply.  Only a handful of water treatment facilities in Utah utilize the most modern technology, and the Division of Water Quality subsidized the construction of several of those facilities with grant money.  The next meeting will be January 12 and ULCT will continue to fight state and federal unfunded mandates on local government and maintain water quality.

Newly Elected Training

ULCT went to Logan on Saturday morning to meet nearly 80 new council members from 18 different cities and towns.  The legislative team explained ULCT’s role at the legislature and how ULCT will communicate legislative updates to our members via our website.  We also explained our new federal outreach and sought recommendations for questions for the congressional delegation.  We hope that we didn’t overwhelm the new officials—approximately 150 upcoming bills, state and federal unfunded mandates, and budget shortfalls—and we appreciated their attention, interest, and community service.

Mayor Yeah Samake and ULCT's Cameron Diehl

SALT LAKE CITY – A delegation of mayors from one of the poorest countries in the world is looking to Utah to learn skills for efficient governmental leadership.  The group is led by a Mali mayor with strong Utah ties… in fact; he is now running an impressive campaign to become Mali’s new President.

Yeah Samake, who was born in Mali and was one of few in the country able to pursue an education as a youth and then abroad.  He received his Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University and then returned to his hometown of Ouelessebougou to teach English and help increase literacy in his own country.  In Mali fewer than 20 percent of adults can read and write.

Ouelessebougou is actually one of the most advanced cities in Mali, yet it has no water treatment facility, no public safety, poor transportation systems and ongoing threats to public health.  The country of Mali is rich in its resources such as gold and cotton but has no practical and efficient processing methods.

As Mayor of Ouelessebougou, Samake is trying to improve conditions in his community and raise the level of ethics in his country’s government. His push for transparency in a developing democracy is building confidence among communities, improving programs and services, raising tax collection rates, and bringing people out of the shroud of illiteracy that has dominated Mali for generations.

Samake is Vice President of the Mali League of Mayors, an organization with a membership of 704 mayors throughout the nation. On December 4, Samake is bringing a delegation of mayors from Mali to Utah to learn how to efficiently run various divisions of public services and lead their cities.

The delegation is looking to Utah with its tradition of municipal efficiency and international humanitarian service, to provide hands on training in a variety of valuable services.  It’s also an opportunity to foster long-lasting relationships between Utah city officials and Malian leaders.

The ULCT Mali Summit, scheduled for December 5- 8, 2011, will provide informal training in various governmental operations including how to conduct public meetings, how to address infrastructure needs, and the ethical responsibilities of being an elected official.

If you’d like to get involved as a host family or as a French interpreter, contact Cameron Diehl @ the Utah League of Cities and Towns at 801.328.1601, or .



The Utah League and Cities and Towns will be offering its wildly popular Newly Elected Officials Workshop in Logan on Saturday December 3rd.

This half-day event is designed for those who have just been elected (those who have also been called are not invited) for the first time, and we particularly welcome current elected officials who are humble enough to admit that they don’t know it all (yet) and could use some additional schooling.

The agenda includes training on ethics, forms of government, land use, budgeting, insurance and liability, the basics of taxes, and random topics that David Church feels moved to bring up.

We promise an atmosphere at City Hall rivaling that of the Spectrum last Friday night, but without all the unwholesome “observations” directed at the earnest and well-scrubbed visiting team!

Here are the not-particularly-salacious details:

Location: Logan City Hall, council chamber, 290 N 100 W

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 (yes, that’s all!)

Deadline to Register: 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30th. Register Here! And email your form to Cari at cboyer@

Participants will walk away with a fancy new Powers and Duties Handbook a full stomach (breakfast and lunch are served) and so much good information that, if used wisely, could make them very effective!

The Utah League of Cities & Towns is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 Newly Elected Officials Training.

This half-day seminar is targeted at those who have just been elected for the first time and starting to wonder just that they got themselves into. This training is also a great brush up for any official, new or old, elected or appointed and we encourage all to attend.  All sessions will begin at 8:00 am and will wrap up no later than 1:30 pm.

The training sessions will be held in the city hall of Logan, Ephraim, Provo, Cedar city and Salt Lake City. The schedule is posted on our calendar.

Please watch for information coming in the mail in the next week. We will also be sending information regarding the 2012 Local Government Officials Directory.

Logan City Hall – 12/3/2011 (290 N. 100 W., Logan, UT 84321)

Cedar City Hall – 12/17/2011 (10 N. Main, Cedar City, UT 84720)

 Orem City Hall – 1/7/2012 (56 North State St, Orem, UT 84057)

 Ephraim City Hall – 2/4/2012 (5 S. Main, Ephraim, UT 84627)

 Salt Lake City & County Building – 2/11/2012 (451 S. State, Salt Lake City, UT 84111)

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