News, Info, Discussion of Political Issues that are important to Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain Utah
Rep. Dave Lifferth
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(Some of the update was removed because of its sensitive and confidential nature)
I am already swamped in getting ready for the next legislative session that begins on January 26th. In addition to my full time job, I have another full time job as a state legislator and another full time job fighting the prison relocation to my district.
Yesterday I met with concerned residents that had schedule a meeting with Governor Herbert’s staff. In attendance was Wendy Pendleton, Heidi Balderree, Eagle Mountain Mayor Chris Pengra, Eagle Mountain City Councilman Adam Bradley. Governor Herbert was not able to attend so he sent his Chief of Staff Mike Mower. This was actually advantageous because Mike Mower had served as the Governor’s representative on PRADA and PRC befire…Continue
Mayor Chris Pengra's Article in Daily Herald, December 14, 2014
Eagle Mountain has been named as one of the top six sites for the prison relocation. If you are unfamiliar with the issues driving the prison relocation argument, I will provide a synopsis of the salient points, and potential plans. You can view the “Master Plan for the Potential Relocation of the Draper Prison Preliminary Draft Report” here: http://le.utah.gov/interim/2014/pdf/00003309.pdf
There are multiple factors driving the prison relocation push. One factor is that the encroachment of…
I took one of my sons and my only daughter to a Concealed Carry Permit class that was taught by Rep. Cut Oda, Attorney Mitch Vilos, and Utah Shooting Sports Chairman Clark Aposhian.Continue
(I will post my notes, but I wanted to get the outline posted as quickly as possible)
State School Board members Jeff Moss and Joel Wright
Alpine School Board member Paula Hill
Laurel Price (CD4 District director for Congresswoman-Elect Mia Love)
State Utah Republican Party Treasurer Cameron Robinson
2 Alpine School District Principals
6 Current and Former Public School Teachers
Precinct Chairs from LD2
State and County Republican Delegates from LD2
Here is a representative question that I get on a regular basis:
Long time no chat, but just a quick question. If a proposition to keep the prison located where it was and rebuild on that land was re-proposed this legislative season, do you think it would get traction? I didn't follow how last session went. I know right now that Salt Lake, West Jordan, Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs are all very against it locating to their community so most of their representatives would jump on board. Just wanted your frank feelings of if it was worth the time and effort to get a bill to change what was said last session.
[Name withheld by request]
No, that proposal would fail.
It is a function of math. To rebuild the prison in place it would cost half a billion dollars. That would…
Prison Relocation Meeting Notes
The resolution to create and authorize the Prison Relocation committee was HCRC8
Cost savings over time from new facilities, substantial economic benefits from selling the land that the prison currently occupies.
SB286 Create PRADA
Steps 1 thru 3
Determine Primary Search Area Completed
PRC Adopts Siting Criteria Completed
Determine Development Plan Completed
Inventory Prospective sites Completed
Screen Prospective Sites Completed
Conduct Site Assessments Pending
This prison update is actually a “Prequel” with relevant information, but dating back 10 months ago. My opposition to putting the state prison in my district is nothing new as you will see from the following blogs and news reports. I readily admit that this is a complex and dynamic issue, but if you followed me on social media or my blog site and participate in my frequent surveys then you would be better informed on this issue than if you don’t interact with me.
I have had dozens of residents of Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain who have sent me emails demanding that I explain my vote to relocate the prison to Saratoga Springs and/or Eagle Mountain. Or, they tell me that I must reconsider my vote to build a prison in Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain. So let me again point out that I was one of three votes in the State House to move the prison. There was a single “No” vote in the Utah State Senate, Senator Wayne Harper.…Continue
I have received hundreds, if not a thousand or more, emails about the proposed relocation of the state prison to Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain.
This email is representative of the emails and has very clear and concise logical arguments. I have received permission from the sender to post it online.
Dear Representative Lifferth:
Thank you for your support in opposing the potential relocation of the Draper prison to the Saratoga Springs/Eagle Mountain area. Some points that I feel emphasize why relocating the prison to our area is not a good idea include:
· The potential site is bounded by Camp Williams to the north, Saratoga Springs to the east and south and Eagle Mountain to the south and west. This area is presently unincorporated, but is prime area for either Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain to annex into their city boundaries. In fact, Saratoga Springs’ General Plan indicates the intention to annex this…
I try to stay ahead of proposed legislation by letting my constitutions share their thoughts and raise issues. I frequently turn these comments into questions in committee meetings. This is a valuable service for me as a representative.
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