joins regional council movement
By Taylor Scott
March 30, 2006 | PROVIDENCE -- A motion was passed
Tuesday at the Providence City Council meeting to adopt
a County Planning and Development Office and to create
a Cache Valley Regional Council to identify and "promote
cooperation between citizens and elected officials"
in order to resolve countywide problems and issues.
The name given to this on going project is Cache Vision
2020. The presentation was originally supposed to be
presented by H. Craig Peterson of the Cache County Council;
in his stead was Wendell Morse, development and services
director for Cache County Planning and Zoning and Herm
Olsen. According to the written agreement there are
many people which would be included in the council,
to name a few: the President of Utah State University,
several mayors from the surrounding areas, Cache County
executive, and even a number of non-voting members
as deemed necessary. "The president of Utah State University
is the only non-elected official due to his large constituency
and the university is such a large part of the community
and President Stan Albrecht would be happy to sit on
"This group Cache Vision 2020 is anxious to bring
everybody together to the table to help address some
of the broad community issues," said Morse.
All of Franklin County, Idaho, has approved Cache
Vision 2020. Along with Franklin County, every city
that this proposed regional council has been presented
to have approved it. Morse said there are only four
communities that have not yet heard the presentation
and Providence was one of them. Hyrum will consider
the presented agreement in two weeks.
City Councilwoman Stacie Gomm said it was significant
that Franklin County has agreed on this issue because
70 percent of the nonagricultural workers from Franklin
County work in Cache County. "They work as part of
this county," said Gomm.
The council duties would include four main areas.
Adopting by-laws and rules of procedure, cooperating
between local, state, and federal officials regarding
important issues, the council is enabled to create communities
and use them as deemed appropriate and members will
represent the Cache Planning and Development Office
and govern that office to the laws, according to the
The council would meet bimonthly, complying with the
public meeting standards set by Utah Code and voting
will be held just as any other council with a majority
quorum and a majority affirmative vote to pass all actions.
Also, Morse said ,the committee would probably meet
in the Cache County Council Chamber and part of the
time in Franklin County.
Olsen said the importance of this regional council
would be, "Representing a group from multiple organizations,
the Cache County Council, the Mayors Association, the
Cache Chamber of Commerce and a number of other groups
within the community who have been concerned about multiple
issues that are growing and are not going away in Cache
The example given by Olsen was that 100 years ago
in 1904 where what is now the national forest used to
be primarily private and privately controlled land,
and as a result vast herds of sheep and cattle were
kept upon the range in the Franklin and Cache County
and through the south end of Weber County. Due to the
lack of control, it was common to see immense clouds
of dust to the east and over the mountains. Citizens
decided they would "plead with the federal government
to come in and essentially preserve for the citizens
through means of a national forest what citizens were
unable to do for themselves. We have some of these same
issues," Olsen said.