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1- - 50 expires 013096 WESTERN MICROGRAPHICS 71 SOUTH WEST E WEST VOLLEY CITY UT 84113 F 380 Vol. 17, No. 4 Wednesday, January 25, 1995 50 cents a single copy City schedules final meeting to decide fate of historic depot ByRUSSDALY City Editor At one time in the history of Lehi, people could rjde any of 50 trains leaving one of three locations throughout the community. Today, with the possible restoration of a railroad depot that predates Utah's history by 25 years, Lehi could become the home of a transportation museum that would recreate those days. Richard Van Wagoner attended the last meeting of the city council to explain the progress of the sub mission of a $300,000 grant that would provide the funds for the project. Although the Feb. 3 deadline for submission of the proposal is near-inMayor Bill Gibbs requested a motion to table the issue until after a Jan. 27 meeting between council representative Wayne Carlton and officials from the Union Pacific Railroad. Councilmember Knollin Haws made the motion to that effect. Fol a second by Councilmember wayne Uarlton, the motion to table the issue was unanimously approved. Under the 8020 grant, Lehi's $60,000 share of the grant could be provided through the real estate dedicated to themuseum, including the $10,000 donation given by the Historical Preservation Commission to purchase the building. Van Wagoner reported that officials from Lehi and surrounding areas including Utah Senator Bob lowing g, iL ' lfr-- !- 4 1 :'.: - ' - rrr" ! 1 Bennett. Renresentative Bill Orton . Utah House Majority Leader Chris Fox, Pleasant Grove Mayor Lloyd Ash, American Fork Mayor Jess Green, Bank ofAmerican Fork president Orville Gunther and Lehi Stake President Russell Felt-ha- ve all spoken in favor of the project. Once restored, thebuilding could not only house museum-typ- e exhibits, but could also provide office space for the Civic Improvement Association, the Lehi Chamber of Commerce and other organizations, m 1 - i C.:''- said Councilmember Wayne Carlton, although he was concerned about frontage and visibility. "It would clean up an area that needs it in the worst way." The potential museum would be included in a park located at approximately 225 E. State St., and the building would be moved to the site, near the original location. - ByRUSSDALY City Editor Mayor Bill Gibbs confirmed Mon- day in a telephone interview that Lehi City has approved Suzanne Holmstead as the new city treasurer. Ms. Holmstead will assume the office on Feb. 6, pending completion of responsibilities to her current employer. The city council, three of whom had served as a committee to screen prospective andfinal job applicants, was expected to officially ratify the actioQ in last night's City Council meeting. She replaces former Treasurer Joyce Wilson, who was charged Photo by Russ Daly Lehi Fire Marshall Dale Ekins inspects the remains of a mobile home that burned in a fire that resulted in a fatality early Sunday morning. Man dies in Sunday morning trailer fire Gary Ewell, 41, of Lehi, was the victim of a trailer fire in Lehi early Sunday morning. Lehi Fire Marshall Dale Ekins said the cause of the fire was a cigarette smoldering in a couch in the front room, but that Ewell most likely died of carbon monoxide or other toxic gas poisoning from the blaze. At approximately 2:30 a.m., a neighbor four trailers away smelled smoke, but thought it might be within his own home. Later, at about 5:20, the man, as well as the victim's immediate neighbor, saw the flames and called 911; the trailer was fully engulfed in flames with the Lehi Fire Department arrived. Monetary damages to the trailer were estimated at $25,000. In addition to the 23 firefighters on the scene, members of the Lehi Police Department and the Lehi Ambulance responded to the call. The state fire marshall and the medical examiner also participated in the case. rxfrx Pa1owT?a vuxu. jl ui i in ciiiui uc IsxnU icadii lro, la Wd By CATHY ALLRED Cedar Fort has gone to the dogs. garbage, and residents. "There are about 50 dogs licensed," said Virginia Cook, the city recorder, "the other people must feel that the licensing is not mandat- . Residents will once again be visited by the "pooch patrol," only this time with the sanction of the city council. "Dogs will be impounded if they are not licensed, that will take effect immediately," asserted councilman Bart Barry. "There has been a six month reprieve since we started to ask residents to license and leash their dogs." The city estimates run loose on 30-4- 0 ory." A preliminarily requirement for a license is to have a rabies shot given to the dog, the possibility of having another rabies shotlicensing day was discussed. "The thing is that it is not fair to those people that did come and get it done," pointed out Barry, "and now you're coming in with these dogs the streets, causing problems with smaller animals, people that have set for six months another chance and the fees should be increased." It was decided that the cost of impoundment would be a sufficient penalty. Costs for licensing is $12; if the dog is spade or neutered, it is $8. Farm or bird dogs are exempt from the leash law if they are working at the time but they must be licensed. "We're going to start clamping down now,"concluded Mayor Anderson. "We've had six months of reprieve and now we are going to go after the unlicensed dogs." Bill paid after walkout by council member Exhausted by her unsuccessful efforts to resolve an outstanding debt incurred by the city in conjunction with the Arts Council's production of "South Pacific," Councilmember Carma Johnson left the last council meeting without explanation. After Councilmember Knollin Haws explained the situation to the rest of the council, the remaining members of the body appropriated $1,000 from the community development budget and $400 from the budget to cover the cost of the bill. mayor-counc- Other council concerns included the perpetual care of the facility, which Van Wagoner suggested could be handled through the parks department for the grounds and by a buildingtenantin exchange for rent for the internal upkeep. Van Wagoner reminded thecoun-ci- l that the project had been denied a grant last year because earlier plans included placing the building nearthe Memorial Building instead of near an actual railroad line. Lehi City hires new treasurer L" i and could serve as a waiting room for commuters if light rail transportation should become available. "It fits in with what's proposed," il Tuesday with one count of theft by deception, a second degree felony. Charges were filed in the Fourth Circuit Court in Provo. Wilson had been scheduled to appear Tuesday, according to the Utah County Attorney's office, however her first appearance has been postponed until next Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. in Provo. Wilson had requested retirement after irregularities in Lehi City's utility billing procedures were uncovered during an audit. Gibbs also confirmed that both the audit and the investigation of the treasurer's office are still in progress, but did not elaborate. Purchase Orders Approved The council unanimously approved the following purchase orders at their last meeting: $5,291.89 to UAMPS for the new substation. Motion by Haws, second by Carlton. $2,243.84 to ScottBeal Excavation for a drainbox for 1500 North. Motion by Sunderland, second by Haws. $2,200 to Cate Equipment to repair a lift station. Motion by Sunderland, second by Carlton. $3,000 to Harts for gasoline for February. Motion by Russon, second by Haws. $990 for evaluation and $2,185 for general consulting, both to t ICPE. Motion by Haws, second by Carlton. $17,856 to MDK Construction for the sewer line out of the substation. Motion by Haws, second by Carlton. Progress report on projects Councilmember Wayne Carlton reported that the cement floor had been poured for the building at Vet's Ballpark and that block should be ready to be laid within a week from that time. The Memorial Building is scheduled to be completed by March, with an open house prior to moving the entire museum collection. Zone change requested by council Councilmember Dee Ray Russon made a motion to change all of the property west of Interstate 15 between State Street and the Millpond from GC-- 2 to GC-- 1 and authorize the mayor to sign a petition to that effect. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Reed Sunderland and approved by unanimous vote of the body. In a related Russon motion, the council voted to contact Al Belt of Wallace and Associates to request that he notify all land owners affected by the zone change for their approval. Agriculture was at the heart of Lehi's early economy By RICHARD VAN WAGONER Virtually every Lehi man in the early years of settlement, regardless of skills, education, or preference, was a husbandman. It was a matter of survival to till the earth and tend a few animals. No fancy crops Lambs Calves Growth on Cattle Colts Honey Molasses Eggs LeEii 5,000 20,000 2,600 tons Poultry Butter Hay Cash from 8,000 head 550 250 340 23,360 Lbs. 2,500 Gals. 50,000 Doz. 2.00 8.00 30.00 .08 .50 .20 .30 .20,.' 6.00 Railroad Dividends Clerk Mire Boots and Shoes Harness Vegetables were planted then, just wheat and corn for bread and cornmeal mush, and a few potatoes, squash, and other vegetables. Some of those early pioneers brought chickens and beef animals to Utah and others walked dairy ' the plains.- Thirty years after settlement the economic founda- tion of the town remained essentially unchanged. The -- Wheat. Oats Barley Lucerne Seed Wool 30,000 Bu. 4,000 Bu. 1,500 Bu. 7,500Lbs. 106,000 Lbs. - Mis. .60 .40 .42 .10 $18,000.00 1,600.00 630.00 750.00 ' Goodwin left New York for California aboard the Brooklyn. After the ship rounded Cape Horn it stopped at Goat Island (Robinson Crusoe Island), where his wife died. While on the island Goodwin collected some Chilean alfalfa seed which he brought to Lehi (the European variety was called lucerne after Lucerne, Switzerland). While the History of Lehi incorrectly concluded that this was the first alfalfa brought to Utah, it was the earliest alfalfa seed planted in Lehi. Seven plants sprouted from Goodwin's planting. He saved all the seed, planted it, and repeated the process year after year until he had sufficient seed to sell. See YESTERYEARS 14,651.00 , indus- try is an interestingone. In 1846 Mormon convert Isaac - Erica 149,638.80 The story behind Lehi's lucerne (alfalfa) seed Utah Gazetter lists all 241 men then living in Lehi and their occupations. One hundred forty-si- x percent were farmers or stock raisers. John Woodhouse, prominent Lehi citizen who came to the community in 1864, included in his biography a listing of the 1885 earnings of the entire community which reflects the town's reliance on crops and ani- 1879-8- 0 Quantity 1,500.00 400.00 500.00 Small Fruits Dried Fruits TOTAL , cows across mals: 16,000.00 6,600.00 1,750.00 10,200.00 1,856.80 1,250.00 10,000.00 1,500.00 4,000.00 10,400.00 24,000.00 9,000.00 9,000.00 2,700.00 1,500.00 on Page 4 This 1910 photo shows a crew of Lehi men harvesting wheat.