Eagle Mountain Annexation of Pole Canyon

Here is the link to the article on the annexation of Pole Canyon which was passed at a special council meeting last night

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/eagle-mountain/article_...

Dave we would all like your thoughts on this annexation. I for one am wondering what this is going to cost residents who already live in Eagle Mountain. I had assumed there was a lot of infrastructure and roads that need repair and would be costly to complete. Are the developers taking care of this? I hate to think that we are getting a "white elephant" which will just cost us so much money in the future.

Also how does this connect to our current boundaries, will the annexation leave a gap in our city map or is Pole Canyon directly connected to current city boundaries?

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Comment by David Lifferth on December 17, 2009 at 9:41am
Bryan, thanks for the questions.

This is a complex annexation that has been worked on for over a year now. The costs to the existing residents has been either the top or close to the top of the councils' concerns.

As you pointed out there are repairs that need to be made to the infrastructure in White Hills. However, the final contract details require the developers (DAI and partners) to pay to bring everything up to Eagle Mountain city standards and then donate the infrastructure to the city and in some cases donate addtional money (in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range) to pay for the maintenance of the facilities. No building permits will be issued by the city until all of these infrastructure repairs and upgrades are made by the developer. Eagle Mountain is not bonding for these improvements and we will not be responsible for making them.

The worst case scenario is if nothing is built in the Pole Canyon area in which case Eagle Mountain residents will be on the hook for approximately $0 to $2,000 (total, not per person or per houshold) per year for staff costs in additaional adminstration costs.

However, since there is a company that wants to re-locate from California to Eagle Mountain as soon as a building is built in the new industrial park in Pole Canyon, I expect there to be an urgency in getting everything ready ASAP. This company represents 100 to 200 new jobs in Eagle Mountain.

If you look at a map, and I will find one an post it here, Eagle Mountain will fill in the gap between Fairfield and Cedar Fort with very few un-incorporated areas in the Cedar Valley left.
Comment by David Lifferth on December 17, 2009 at 9:59am
This is a portion of one of the exhibits to the annexation petition. I hope this helps understanding where the new boundaries are and how Pole Canyon and White Hills fits in relationship to Eagle Mountain.

Comment by Bryan Free on December 17, 2009 at 11:09am
Thanks for the information Dave this is very helpful. I assumed you had worked everything out as a council. THis appears to be a win-win situation for everyone. I lookforward to seeing our city grow with more jobs and businesses in the future.
Comment by Preston Dean on December 17, 2009 at 11:52am
David,

Do you know if Eagle Mountain City currently owns the right of way or have the easements been established for the portion of Pole Canyon Boulevard outside of the Pole Canyon development? To my knowledge there are currently no roads, dirt or otherwise along that future corridor.
Comment by David Lifferth on December 17, 2009 at 7:36pm
Preston,

The answer to your question is more complicated than a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer. Let me direct you to Mayor Jackson, John Hendrickson, or Steve Mumford.

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