weeks and counting until a decision is made for a new
By Gideon Oakes
January 28, 2009 | LOGAN -- Two weeks down, two weeks
to go for James Swink. The interim county attorney's
short and relatively uneventful tenure in the boss's
chair will come to an end Feb. 10, when the Cache County
Council appoints a replacement to fill the term of former
County Attorney George Daines, who resigned earlier
At its regular meeting Jan. 27, the council spelled
out the process whereby it will interview and select
the new county attorney from a group that will be narrowed
to three by the Cache County Republican Central Committee
on Feb. 4. Each of the office-seekers will be allowed
five minutes to address the council publicly, followed
by an interview process during executive session.
Also on the agenda for the Feb. 10 meeting is a public
hearing regarding the county's 2009 budget. The council
will take the public's questions, comments and concerns
starting around 5:45 p.m.
In an unexpected move, the council reversed a decision
made at its last meeting to deny the Estancia subdivision
near Amalga. After that decision was made, dissenting
members of the council were instructed to issue a document
outlining reasons to substantiate their refusal of the
developer's request. The council took a vote to approve
the document, which failed. Swink advised the council
that a lack of a fact-finding document would make the
county more vulnerable to a lawsuit, should the developer
Mulling the choice between reexamining their decision
or potentially facing a costly lawsuit, Councilman Brian
Chambers moved to reexamine the issue. This time, the
council approved the subdivision by a vote of 5-1, with
a visibly upset Councilwoman Kathy Robison standing
her ground as the lone dissenter.
In other business, Jennefer Parker, District Ranger
of the U.S. Forest Service Logan Ranger District, gave
a report on the status of High Creek Road, located northeast
of Richmond in the Cache National Forest, which is currently
closed for the season presumably to prevent road deterioration
and off-road motor vehicle traffic which is prohibited
in the forest.
Councilman Craig "W" Buttars questioned Parker on
the consistency of closure dates and inquired about
the purpose of closing the road.
Two local residents voiced concerns over the closure,
asking Parker and the council to do what they can to
keep the road open. Chris Allen, a resident of nearby
Cove, told the council he and his family enjoy spending
time in the canyon to which the road is the only access.
"What good is a wilderness if you can't enjoy it?"
Allen said. "We like to drive up the canyon. You can
see for miles, and you don't have to get off of [the
road] to enjoy it."