Minutes of the July 9, 2015 Friends of Camp Floyd Meeting
Conducting: Michael Helmantoler
Present: Russ Felt, Chuck Mood, Connie Beck
1. Preparations for the Labor day activities – Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM , Michael, Russ and Chuck will be in the living history area. We will re-invite the Pony Express entertainers. The Living History enactors will have the usual tents and exhibits. The town is working on a possible large fireworks display for Saturday night. On Monday September 7, Labor Day, Michael and the Pony Express entertainers will be participating in the Lehi Heritage Day event at Wines Park from 2 to 6 PM.
The Carson family Reunion will occur at noon on July 18 in the State Park pavilion.Contact Lynn and Pam Carson at pamcarsonATgmail.com. Everyone is invited. Bring your own lunch. Pam and Lynn’s book on Frogtowwn is for sale at the reunion, in the park commisarry and are also for sale on-line at http://www.swiftprintingonline.com/books/products/
2. Signage planned by the Town of Fairfield – Brad will check out the feasibility of placing the sign om the Friends of Camp Floyd lot near the edge of the Palmer property and Kofford property about 15 feet in from the road shoulder. Michael has two finished 8’x8′ grey flannel covered metal frame flats that could be used as a prototype sign for promoting Labor day activities.
3. Property acquisition activities – The park has acquired a new replica 1841 Mississippi rife used at Camp Floyd. Russ offered to help to acquire more weapons to complete the collection. Contacts have been made by the park and friends with adjacent property owners about sale and/donation of land for historic preservation.
4. Additional living history days – The enactors are requesting additional events on non-traditional holidays. We discussed a Saturday November 7th or 14th date for the dedication of the new 90′ replica flag pole acquired by the park. These are weekends surrounding Veterans day on Wednesday. This would be a military color gaurd event that would have appeal to the public and could be an annual event as well as become a part of the Memorial Day and Labor Day events.
5. Nominations and elections – Nominations,including self nominations. are open for board elections. If another meeting date would allow more volunteer participation that can be open for vote on our Google Plus tool.
Next Meeting August 6, 2015 at 7 PM at Lehi Historical Archives 2100 N Lehi, UT. Brad Gurney will conduct the meeting.
The following points were submitted to the commission via their form.
1. There cannot possibly be the availability of water adequate for Prison needs. What is the State projecting those needs to be? There would be the need of deep large wells and that would cause significant problems for people in the Valley who rely on wells. An example is what Saratoga wells on the Eastside of the Jordan River have done to wells of people in that area. When I built in Lehi on the Westside many years ago, I needed a well. State water resources were even to the point of rude saying there was not adequate water. They approved the well saying I was the last. That was years ago and many, many wells have since been approved and drilled including some 24 inch wells and they have created problems for people who rely on their wells. What studies have been done regarding water resources in Cedar Valley ?
2. There is no infrastructure for a prison. Highways are not adequate. Power would have to be expanded. There are no health facilities in the Valley. There is no close availability to Food suppliers. There are no air traffic facilities nearby. There are no sewage treatment facilities. What would the projected costs for taxpayers for these and other needs?
Note: when prisoners are transported to Utah by air, there would then be the need to transport them 60 miles, one way. Also, there are frequent inmate legal hearings. There would be the need to transport them back and forth to Salt Lake .
3. In an ecclesiastical setting I was frequently questioned, by phone, where inmates’ families could find lodging to visit family members at Point of the Mountain. There is great potential for inmate legal action due to inability to be close to family members. There are no accommodations in Cedar Valley for family stays.
4. Camp Floyd State Park purchased a small parcel of land and was prevented from any development until rigorous arsenic studies had been completed. The study for two acres was expensive and took considerable time to complete. The arsenic had apparently leached from nearby mountain mining concerns. There would be considerable expense and time to do those studies for something as large as a prison. And the possibility of lawsuits by inmates highly likely.
5. It seems probable that Fairfield area is a possible site because it is small in population and therefore fewer objections would be raised. That would not be fair.
6. Near the airport in Salt Lake would solve long travel issues and would put inmates closer to where they would need to be for hearings and trials and for family access.
From the Deseret News Letters to the Editor July 7. 2015
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Section 106, could be applied to the potential prison relocation site in Fairfield, next to Camp Floyd Military Cemetery.
Section 106 states, “adverse effect occurs when a project may directly or indirectly diminish the integrity of an historic property, by altering any of the characteristics that qualify the property for national register inclusion.”
Much has been ignored by the Prison Relocation Commission in relation to Fairfield’s Civil War history and historic encampment. The prison would adversely affect and substantially impact the important historic property.
The meeting will be delayed to the second week of July because of the 4th of July holiday weekend. On July 9th we will meet in the usual Lehi City Historical Archives on 2100 North.
The minutes of the last few months had technical difficulties they were posted to the blog section of this website but did not get published. This was not noticed until July 7th. The blog page on the site has been fixed and renamed “Minutes”.
The July meeting agenda:
1. Discussion of the preparations for the Labor day activities
2. Signage planned by the Town of Fairfield
3. Property acquisition activities
4. Additional living history days
5. Nominations and elections