September 2007: City Councilwoman and former acting mayor Linn Strouse is charged with a felony for requesting, and receiving, a $10,000 "loan" from the city's principal developer and forgetting to report it for two years.All this in a town of, what, 13,000? Inexplicable, you say? Maybe--or maybe not. This past July, one of Eagle Mountain's wells failed (the city owns all its own utilities), reducing pumping capacity by 40 percent. For the next month, residents were asked not to do any outside watering, to conserve inside watering, and not to catch their houses on fire. By August, the well was fixed.
September 2007: Former city councilman Greg Kehl shoots and kills himself on a paraglider after a domestic disturbance call at his house.
September and June 2007: Two city council members are cleared of allegations that they violated state conflict-of-interest laws. (Good news for once!)
October 2006: Mayor Brian Olsen is charged with seven felony counts of misusing public funds.
November 2005: After three months in office, interim Mayor David Lifferth resigns amid allegations of financial shenanigans. (Gotta admire his efficiency.)
March 2003: Mayor Kelvin Bailey falsely claims to have been kidnapped and forced to drive to Barstow, California.
Or was it? Did the well really fail, or was it just time to add more of whatever it is that is that makes people stay in Eagle Mountain? City officials (whoever happened to be in office at the moment) aren't dumb. They saw a surge in Eagle Mountain listings on MLS/KSL.com/Craigslist. They could tell that the Soma was wearing off. Soon, very soon, everything will be okay again in Eagle Mountain. Until the next mayor is kidnaped by aliens.
Eagle Mountain: Utah's (What) Now Frontier.