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Here’s a primer on Saturday’s United Effort Plan meetings

First Published Aug 08 2014 11:33AM      Last Updated Aug 08 2014 01:41 pm

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Former FLDS member and Colorado City Mayor Dan Barlow stands atop Berry Knoll in October 2008, recounting his experiences as a lookout from this very spot in the 1953 polygamy raid on Short Creek. In the background is the community of Centennial Park, whose members have offered to buy property from the UEP land trust including Berry Knoll, a spot with religious significance to the FLDS.

United Effort Plan fiduciary Bruce Wisan is scheduled to meet with residents Saturday in Colorado City, Ariz.

The first meeting is 11 a.m. at the Mohave County Community College campus at 480 S. Central St. The second meeting is 6 p.m. at El Capitan High School, 255 N. Cottonwood St.

We’ll be tweeting about the meetings from @tribunepolygamy.

Here’s what’s on the agenda for both meetings.

Occupancy fees and evictions » Third District Court Judge Denise Lindberg has had it with people not paying their $100 a month plus property taxes to live in their homes. Last month, she authorized Wisan to start eviction proceedings with the hopes that serving a few people would encourage the rest to pay. I haven’t heard yet that the plan has worked, but there have been reports of displaced residents living in tents. Expect residents of Colorado City and adjacent Hildale, Utah, to voice their displeasure with the evictions.



Distribution of trust properties to beneficiaries » Lindberg, Wisan and the state of Utah would like to sell or give properties to beneficiaries of the UEP and then dissolve the trust. Wisan has already sold about $1 million worth of commercial and agricultural property this year, but how to sell or give houses promises to be a trickier matter. Many Hildale and Coloardo City residents don’t want the trust dissolved and would rather govern the trust themselves.

Commercial leases and evictions » Wisan wants to lease more commercial property to create income for the trust and help the economy in Hildale and Colorado City.

The "MJ" case » This is Elissa Wall’s lawsuit against Warren Jeffs and the UEP. Jeffs isn’t defending himself and doesn’t appear to have assets anyway. The UEP has about $110 million in assets and Wall is seeking about one-third of that. This lawsuit has created a lot of acrimony between the woman who helped Utah convict Jeffs in 2007, Wisan and the UEP and residents of Hildale and Colorado City, who don’t want Wall to get that much money but also don’t like how much a defense its costing the UEP in attorneys fees.

Also, this will be the first time Wisan has faced a crowd since he was charged in Taylorsville with a misdemeanor count of soliciting a prostitute. Wisan has pleaded not guilty.

ncarlisle@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribunepolygamy

 

 

 

 

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