Emery County joins seven county coalition
The Emery County Commission approved the Resolution and Interlocal Agreement creating the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition on July 22. Eric Johnson the lawyer for the organization has worked to draw up the agreement. He came to commission meeting to answer any questions the commission and meeting attendees had about Emery County joining forces with the coalition.
Within the resolution which also includes: Carbon, San Juan, Daggett, Uintah, Duchesne, San Juan and Grand counties; these counties will join forces to create one coalition.
This coalition shall be a political subdivision and corporate subdivision of the state of Utah. This coalition will be separate and independent of all participating counties. The boundaries of the coalition will be the combined boundaries of all seven counties.
As of July 22, the Grand County council had not signed the resolution.
The purpose of the coalition is to encourage and promote multiple uses of natural resources and to foster communication, coordination and planning between members.
The coalition will be made up of an elected official from each of the seven participating counties.
The coalition will work to promote and develop projects within the seven county area. The coalition will help to plan, finance, acquire, develop, construct, manage, operate, maintain, repair, administer and control the projects.
The coalition will be able to enter into contracts and agreements to fulfill the purposes of the organization.
The coalition will be able to borrow money, but will not be a taxing entity. It will not be able to issue general obligation bonds.
The coalition will work to identify, discuss, study and bring into focus regional challenges and look for opportunities for economic development.