The loss of Green Thumb funding the museum employees brought Jan Petersen to the commission to request help with employee pay. With the federal cuts, the museums are left with only two employees for maintenance and staffing. Petersen asked the commissioners to consider funding an employee for 20 hours a week at the minimum pay rate.
Commissioner Ira Hatch explained that with the annexation in Green River, some extra revenue from the Transient Room Tax is available for tourism development and Petersen should approach the travel bureau for help. The commissioners decided to fund the employee for now and that whatever money Petersen receives from the travel bureau would come back to the county.
Darrel Leamaster from Castle Valley Special Service District approached the commission for approval of the Community Impact Board priority list. Leamaster explained how the CIB operates and how the grants are obtained. He also explained the priority list and the projects on that list and how the rankings are made as to the immediate need of the project. The commissioners approved the list and instructed Leamaster to continue with the process.
During the concerned citizens portion of the meeting, Commissioner Hatch stated that the airport renovation project is shaping up nicely.
Sheriff Lamar Guymon reported that the county dump facility is closed on Monday and that many people have observed loaded vehicles traveling the road to the dump, loaded and coming back empty. The officers have noted a rise in the amount of dumping of trash in the cedars along the road to the DesBee mine or at the gate to the dump. Commissioner Gary Kofford responded that this is a big problem and a solution is being discussed.
Commissioner Kofford recommended the commission reappoint the current members to the planning commission. Glenys Sitterud and Michael McCandless were approved to be reappointed. Commissioner Kofford also suggested that a level 3 permit be issued to Mac's Mining in Huntington. A public hearing date for this was set for April 20 at 10 a.m.
Sheriff Guymon requested permission and funding for two officers to accompany Lisa Johnson, the wife of Jeremiah Johnson who was killed while on duty last year, to Washington D.C. The May 13-17 ceremonies will be the unveiling of names on the Peace Officers Memorial, who were lost during the previous year. Two officers will accompany Johnson to this ceremony, and also participate in and represent the Emery County Sheriff's Office at the ceremony.
Along with the unveiling, a candlelight service and mass will be held for the fallen officers. The commissioners approved to send the two officers with Johnson.
County Attorney David Blackwell recommended the commission consider rewriting and updating the business ordinance for the county. He explained that in 1985, parts of the ordinance were challenged, and as a result had to be stricken from the ordinance. The commissioners instructed Blackwell to do the proposed revisions and bring it back to them.
Of the four applications to the travel bureau that were received, the commissioners approved the appointment of Sheriff Lamar Guymon to the vacancy. Commissioner Kofford announced that a walkthrough for the county building would be held on March 25. This walkthrough is a premliminary step for the remodel project. He requested that any employee with suggestions for the project, to bring it to the commissioners attention.
Commissioner Kofford also explained that he has met with Head Start concerning the old sheriff's office building. The building has some major problems that need to be addressed. It is his feeling that this space is not appropriate for a school and he suggests that the commission suggest that Head Start look elsewhere for space.
The next commission meeting will be held April 6 at 4 p.m.