Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 7025

Morgan County (Utah). County Commission Minutes

Dates: 1862-

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

These minute books record the actions of the county commission, the governing body of the county. The commission was authorized to manage all county business and property. This includes budgeting, equipment purchasing, and auditing; use of county lands; districting for schools, roads, voting, drainage, etc.; taxing, specifically acting as an ex-officio board of equalization; business licensing; arranging for the construction of roads, public buildings, etc.; contracting for services; supervising the conduct and payment of all county personnel; providing for basic health care, public safety, and care of the indigent; canvassing the election returns and appointing certain officials; incorporating municipalities; and by the 1960s, zoning and planning. All these activities are noted in the minutes. The day's entries are prefaced by the date, names of those present, and where and when they met. Attachments to the minutes, such as election returns, correspondence, proposals, etc. are included.

The commission was authorized to manage all county business and county property. This included auditing all claims against the county and payments by the treasurer. Bids received, and bills and wages paid in conjunction with the activities are noted. By the 1950s, annual budgets are regularly recorded. The commission levied property taxes for county purposes and could call for bond elections. The members served as a board of equalization for county property assessments.

Responsibilities noted in the minutes include supervision of the conduct of all county, district, and precinct officials, boards, and agencies. Personnel actions are recorded, by individual name, fro county employees from janitor to sheriff. Such actions include appointments, hourly or salaried wage increases, requests for funds to attend conferences, and resignations. Requisition and bid proposals for supplies and equipment are similarly detailed.

The commission created election precincts. Commissioners served as canvassers of elections also appointing election officers, setting the boundaries of voting districts, and assigning polling places. The commission also created road districts, school districts, and sanitary districts and appointed superintendents of such districts. Laying out roads and providing for their maintenance was a major activity noted in the minutes. The airport also became a regular topic after 1957.

The commission was responsible for public health and safety and care of the indigent. Care of the indigent increases noticeably as a topic in the 1930s. In conjunction with neighboring counties, the commission also provided for health care, waste disposal, fire control, flood control, and detention services. The commission provided for recreation in the county, including a library, fairground, playgrounds, TV towers, and a county historical society.

The legislature mandated that business licenses be obtained from the county commission. Where the county had a more direct interest, more details are recorded as in the case of franchises for telephone, electricity, or pipelines. A major addition to commission functions was made in 1941 when the commission was empowered to provide for the development and zoning of unincorporated areas of the county. Entries regarding the zoning of subdivisions begin in 1962 with the appointment of a planning board and a building inspector. Entries become more frequent in the 1970s and 1980s with discussion of building and zoning code enforcement.

Arrangement

Chronological by date of meeting.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

The first reel of film begins on page 528 of the 1903-1907 volume. Earlier material is presumably held by the county as is material after 1986.

Processing Note

The Morgan County Clerk as secretary for the Morgan County Commission should be contacted for paper copy holdings. Filming was done in 1986 by the Morgan County Historical Society. The series was processed by A.C. Cone in April 1996.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Some volumes have partial indexes arranged alphabetically by first letter of subject or name, covering from 1947 thru 1986.

Indexing Terms

  • County budgets—Utah—Morgan County.
  • County government—Utah—Morgan County.
  • Morgan County (Utah)—Officials and employees—Selection and appointment.
  • Morgan County (Utah)—Politics and government.
  • Morgan County (Utah)—Appropriations and expenditures.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 1903, 13 Apr-1907, 4 Mar (p. 528-end); 1907, 12 Mar-1914, 25 Dec; 1915, 4 Jan-1933, 1 May
2 1933, 1 Jun-1946, 20 Dec
3 Index, 1947-1967; 1947, 6 Jan-1967, 3 Jan; Index, 1967-1983; 1967, 3 Jan-1973, 16 Oct
4 1973, 5 Nov-1983, 19 Apr (cont.); 1983, 2 May-1983, 11 July; Index to Book 1
5 1983, 4 Jan-1983, 6 Jun (Book 1)
6 1983, 1 Aug-1983, 20 Dec (Book 1, cont.)
7 Index to Book 2; 1984, 3 Jan-1984, 15 May (Book 2); 1984, 4 Jun-1984, 17 Jul (Book 3)
8 1984, 17 Jul-1984, 18 Dec (Book 3, cont.); Index to Books 3 and 4; 1985, Jan 7-1985, 18 Jun (Book 4)
9 1985, Jun 18-1986, 25 Mar (Book 4, cont.); 1986, 7 Apr-1986, 12 Aug
10 1986, 12 Aug-1986, 9 Sep (cont.); 1986, 16 Sep-1986, 21 Oct