Mayor Potter

The Mayors Corner

May 02

Heber Parkway Update

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 9:23 AM by Anthon Beales

As most are aware Heber City, Wasatch County, MAG, and UDOT have collaborated on a planning study to assess the need for an alternate route for Main Street.  A significant outcome of this study is that it demonstrates the need and viability of an alternate route bypassing Main Street.  After contacting stakeholders in the area and analyzing traffic data one alternative was proposed that would move 189 and reroute US-40 near neighborhoods on the south west area of town. 

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Apr 18

Preparing for Flooding

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 5:07 PM by Anthon Beales

As the Mayor of Heber,  I am concerned about the potential for anything that could cause harm or destruction in our city.  With such a large snowpack this year and a cold spring it is time to consider the possibility of flooding and prepare accordingly.  Hopefully the weather will warm up slowly and the snow will melt at a rate that will not cause problems but we are prepared in case things don’t go as planned. 

Heber’s emergency management director has been working with the emergency management directors from Wasatch County and Midway City.  We have a strong team of people watching the weather and flood warnings carefully. There are several things that can be done as citizens to help protect your home and neighborhood. 

First, if you live near a canal or ditch keep an eye out for anything that might obstruct the water flow.  Our public works department will be inspecting all of these waterways but it also helps to have more eyes watching in case something is missed or changes after it has been inspected.  If you see an obstruction of any kind in a canal or ditch please call Heber City public works and report the location.  The phone number is: 435-654-3275.

Second, if you are concerned about flooding there are sand bags available at Ace, Heber Ranch and Do It Best.  If you purchase the bags they will fill them for you.  Each of these stores has a large supply but it is best to be proactive and get these in place before any flooding begins. 

The city has 300 sand bags filled ready to go and another 20,000 ready to be filled at a moments notice.  Wasatch County and Midway are similarly prepared.  If you have an emergency and need help our city employees will respond as quickly as possible.  Again, it is always best to take care of your own needs but the city will do everything we can to help in time of emergency. 

Finally, sign up with the city and county’s emergency notification systems.  This will ensure you are notified quickly in the event of any emergency.  The city website is heberut.gov and there is a link “community alerts” where you can enter your contact information and be notified of emergencies.  The county website is Wasatch.utah.gov and there is an emergency management link where you can sign up for the Emergency Notification system as well as read the pamphlet the county has provided for emergency preparedness.


Apr 09

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Posted on April 9, 2019 at 10:41 AM by Anthon Beales

A MESSAGE FROM OUR MAYOR -

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” -  J.R.R. Tolkien

As everyone is aware the big story in Heber and the State of Utah right now is growth. Growth isn’t exactly a live dragon but can certainly wreak havoc on a community if it isn’t anticipated and planned for. We are in the middle of some significant planning efforts that will help shape the future of this city for decades to come.

Recently we held the first public workshop for Envision Heber 2050. State law requires every city to have a general plan that is a blue print of sorts representing the wishes of the community and helps guide elected officials and staff to fulfill that vision. Our general plan is outdated and this process is addressing it. May 15th will be Public Open House #1: Big Ideas and Choosing. Mark your Calendar!

We have recently completed a study to look at alternatives for Main Street. This process will continue as we seek funding for an environmental study. The recommended alignment is not set in stone and the environmental study will continue to analyze the options. 

Finally, we are also beginning an Airport Master Plan update. The FAA requires airport sponsors to complete this process and they are currently withholding funding until we complete it. This will also be a very public process and you will have opportunity to see the data and give input before the study is complete.

We are fortunate to live in such a wonderful city full of people who truly care about their community. At city hall we are committed to better communication and outreach than ever before. I urge each city resident to get more involved in helping us navigate the challenges of growth and ensure that we are planning for the dragon in a way that will maintain our quality of life in Heber City. As always, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns – my office phone number is 435-657-7982, or email at kpotter@heberut.gov.