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County signs interlocal agreement with school district on new swimming pool


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By COREY BLUEMEL
Staff writer

Sergey Akhtatelov, is one of the architects working on the pool project. He explains the layout of the pool at a recent pool committee meeting.

Since the beginning of talks concerning a new swimming pool for Emery County, the idea has been to provide the citizens with a pool everyone can use. The decision was made to build the pool as close to Emery High School as possible so the school could have a swim team.

Commissioner Drew Sitterud said, "We thought is would be best to build close to the high school to enable them to have a swim team as a part of the curriculum offered there. We are also going to bring the students from Green River High School to the pool several times a years so those students can use and enjoy it too. The Emery School District has donated eight acres of land north of Castle Dale Elementary for the project and they are giving us $87,000 to construct the parking lot at the facility.

"The high school will use the pool without cost, but will provide their own lifeguards and maintenance. They will also be responsible to repair any damage which may occur during their usage. All scheduling of the pool will be done through the commissioners or their appointed representative. The state will set the times and dates for swim team functions such as meets and competitions, and we will work around those days and times.

"The high school will also be responsible to purchase any timing systems and equipment. During the construction of the pool, we will install the necessary wiring to accommodate these systems. We want to begin construction of the new pool facility in June," concluded Commissioner Sitterud.

Emery County attorney David Blackwell presented the contract to the commissioners, and it was approved following some discussion and changes.

In other business discussed at the recent commission meeting, Commissioner Sitterud explained a problem with the analog television signal in the south end of the county. Two units near Emery were recently struck by lightning and this has caused residences in Emery to lose two TV channels.

Emery County is presently running both analog and digital TV signals. The federal government has mandated that all signals be digital by February 2009. "We need to think about how we want to handle this. The two units will cost $3,000 each and we will only be able to use them until February 2009 and then we will have to shut them down," said Commissioner Sitterud. "We want all the residents of Emery County to know that if their television sets are not digital ready, they will not be able to get the analog TV signal after that time.

"If residents do not have cable or satellite TV, the only signal that will be available is digital. Analog is being phased out and will be gone permanently after February 2009. There will be a converter which will be available for purchase that will change the analog signal to digital, but the cost of the box is $270, and there is a $40 rebate from the government," concluded Commissioner Sitterud.

The commissioners will discuss solutions to the television problems in Emery and a decision will be made in the near future.

Commissioner Gary Kofford updated the South Moore road project. He said the Utah Department of Transportation has sent notices to contractors regarding the work to be completed this season. Bids will be opened on May 31. Another road project this season will be the Joe's Valley to Reeder subdivision road. It will be paved and a parking lot will be installed just north of the gravel pile location.

This parking lot will provide off road parking for recreationists in the area.

Commissioner Jeff Horrocks informed the commissioners of the land swap project with Castle Dale. The papers have all been signed and recorded and the swap is complete.

Two parcels of land owned by the city near the Museum of the San Rafael and the senior center were traded for a portion of the county's property at the old sheriff's office site.


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