Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 83883

Grand County (Utah). Council Minutes

Dates: 1890-

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

Scope and Content

These minute books record the actions of the governing body of the county. The council (until 1993, the county commission, or in the territorial period, the county court) was authorized to manage all county business and property. This included auditing all claims against the county. The members authorized salaries and the purchase of supplies and services. They levied property taxes for county purposes and served as a board of equalization. The members created election precincts, road districts, and school districts and appointed superintendents of such districts. They also appointed other county officials (e.g. board of teacher examiners, quarantine physician, game commissioner, bee inspector, fruit tree inspector, sheep inspector) and set the salaries of each. The court located sites and oversaw the erection of public buildings. Business licenses, particularly liquor licenses, were obtained through the county. The county also approved the incorporation of towns. The county was to provide for the maintenance of the indigent and incapacitated. All these activities are noted in the minutes.

Following the formation of territorial government, the legislature in 1852 passed acts relating to the formation and government of counties. There were no county commissions, but the probate judge in conjunction with the county selectmen were invested "with the usual powers and jurisdiction of County Commissioners" and as such were known as the county court. The probate court clerk (also known as the county clerk) was to keep the records of the court. This same structure was followed by Grand County upon its organization in May 1890.

With statehood in 1896 an actual board of county commissioners was created. The probate judge was removed, but the selectmen continued serving as commissioners until elections were held. The county clerk remained the clerk of the board, recording the minutes. The previous responsibilities were maintained and expanded. The county council and its appointed administrative officer continued with the governance of the county when that management form was selected by county voters and begun in 1993.

One of the principal activities noted in the minutes is the monitoring of the fiscal health of the county. Claims submitted for the purchase of supplies and services are recorded regularly. The county governing body also assessed taxes and served as a board of equalization, adjusting assessments of individual property.

The creation of various districts and the appointment of officials also is noted regularly in the minutes. During the territorial period, the governing body set the number of justices of the peace and constables and approved their bonds. The county court created school districts and appointed superintendents of schools and a board of teacher examiners. They also created road districts and oversaw the layout of roads. They set the boundaries of voting districts and assigned polling places.

Other responsibilities noted in the minutes include overseeing the health of the community, appointing a quarantine physician and health officer, and financing the care of the indigent or incompetent. The county approved the incorporation of towns and licensed businesses, particularly granting liquor licenses. The governing body provided for locating public buildings, notably a courthouse and jail in the 1890s. They oversaw the resources of the county, allocating water rights, authorizing bounties on varmints, and appointing game commissioners, a bee inspector, fruit tree inspectors, and a sheep inspector.

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.

Processing Note

The Grand County Clerk should be contacted for other holdings. The 1890-1894 volume was filmed in 1966 by the L.D.S. Genealogical Society and processed by A.C. Cone in August 1995.

Indexing Terms

  • Grand County (Utah)—County commission.
  • County budgets—Utah—Grand County.
  • Tax collection—Utah—Grand County.
  • Water resources development—Utah—Grand County.
  • Sewage disposal—Utah—Grand County.
  • Police—Utah—Grand County.
  • Highway planning—Utah—Grand County.
  • Fire departments—Utah—Grand County.
  • County government—Utah.
  • Grand County (Utah)—Politics and government.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 1890 May 05 - 1894 Dec 31
2 1895 Mar 04 - 1900 Jan 02
3 1900 Dec 12 - 1930 Dec 31
4 1931 Jan 05 - 1963 Dec 30
5 1964 Jan 06 - 1981 Feb 17
6 1970 Jan 05 - 1975 Jul 07
7 1981 Feb 27 - 1982 Dec 15
8 1980 Jan - 1987 Sep 14
9 1987 Sep 28 - 1991 Feb 04
10 1991 Feb 19 - 1993 Dec 14
11 1993 Dec 20 - 1995 Jun 05
12 1995 Jun 19 - 1998 Dec 31