The commission approved the change order for the debris basin in Huntington Canyon. More cement needs to be poured to form a wall. The channel also needs to be more of a rough structure so the fish can pass. Some sand also needs to be brought in from offsite. The amount of the change order was $30,283. This increase will be offset with other funding.
The legislature this year added $400,000 in additional money for the construction of the debris basins in Huntington Canyon to deal with the flooding issues caused by the Seeley fire.
Julie Jones from the Emery County business chamber asked the commissioners for a donation to the business chamber to enhance the shop at home campaign. The commission determined to join the chamber for a membership fee of $500. Jones said there are currently 45 businesses involved with the chamber with more joining all the time.
Commissioner James Nelson said the business chamber banquet was very impressive and informative. He said they give the Emery County bucks to their employee of the month in the county. Jones said the businesses that accept the chamber bucks are reimbursed by the chamber. She asked the commission to place the business chamber on their budget for next year.
Commisioner Jeff Horrocks said the organization is doing well and the county wants to support the businesses in the county.
The commission ratified the Bureau of Land Management right of way agreement for the land the debris basins are constructed upon. This right of way is good until Dec. 31, 2033.
The commission approved an agreement with AT&T which allows them to make upgrades to their existing antennas on the Horn Mountain communication site.
The commission waived the payment in lieu of taxes for the Emery County Housing Authority for the years 2011, 2013 and 2014. The housing authority is still experiencing difficulties. The administrator has been released. These payments are supposed to be paid each year but were in arrears.
Commissioner Nelson said the wild horses and burro over population is a real problem for ranchers throughout the state. A new committee has formed called the Western Rangeland Conservation association. Emery County people are involved. Comments are currently being taken on the wild horse and burro issue. The county held a benefits fair for its employees.
Commissioner Migliori said public lands has been kind of quiet and he has been working on small business related issues. He meets with the potluck group in Green River. They are gearing up for the tourist season. They are looking at events to extend their tourist season. Emery County is being highlighted on the county seat program and At your leisure.
The Emery County Economic Development council has the Main Street Incentive Program which is a grant program to help businesses with their curb appeal including signage and store fronts. They have a revolving loan fund for area businesses needing assistance. If any local business would like help securing a building then the economic development council would be willing to construct a building and lease it out.
Commissioner Migliori said he also toured the rail projects on Ridge Road and there are 80-100 tankers there. The Small Business Development Center offers Custom Fit training for businesses.
Commissioner Horrocks said he attended the Rocky Mountain Power open houses for transmission lines. He doesn't feel this project will benefit Utah much as the lines will transport power to California. If these corridors are used up, then the state wouldn't be able to use those locations in the future. One of the proposed routes goes through Emery County.
The seven county coalition is working on economic development for the region. A 24 inch pipeline will be moving oil into Emery County. The rail spur will increase the oil activity here. The road through the Bookcliffs is being looked at now and right of way attainment is in progress.
Commissioner Horrocks said every county will see an increase in economic development due to these projects. Emery County is still working on their public lands bill.
The commission approved a 3 percent wage increase for Emily Olsen for successful completion of her six month orientation period. They approved an increase for Bunny Allred for successful completion of her 6 month orientation period. Grade 6; Approved to hire Devin Seely as a Reserve Dispatcher. Wage $14 per hour. Not eligible for benefits. Approved to begin the recruitment process for seasonal lifeguards The commission approved Elaine Larsen as a volunteer driver for Aging and Nutrition.