The empty land to the west of the new Emery County Aquatics Center could soon become a new park in Castle Dale.
The Emery County Commissioners approved the termination of the interlocal agreement between Huntington City and Emery County. The two entities had partnered several years ago on the Huntington Industrial Park. There is approximately $30,000 left in the fund which will be split between the county and Huntington City. All of the land at the Industrial Park has been sold. Talon Resources has moved their business to the Industrial Park and owns the majority of the land there which can be used for future development at the site. The Head Start program operates in the former restaurant facility at the Industrial Park.
Commissioner Gary Kofford said the county has plans to develop a park adjacent to the Emery County Aquatics Center on the west side. He asked for approval to begin the advertising process for the design work on the park. Ideas are to have a large soccer field, restrooms, pavilion, walking path, trees and gazebos with picnic tables. The large soccer field can be used for a variety of recreational activities. The advertising will begin and a site showing held, bids will be opened on March 23.
Commissioner Jeff Horrocks pointed out the park project was budgeted into the 2009 budget and funds are available for this work.
The commission approved out of state travel for Sheriff LaMar Guymon, Mike McCandless and Tina Carter to travel to the Las Vegas travel show to promote Emery County for the travel council.
A new resolution was adopted establishing the tippage charge at the land fill. The charge for commercial contractors using the land fill was changed from $12 to $15 per ton and the $200 cap was eliminated. Commissioner Kofford said if this presents a hardship for any contractor then they can contact the commissioners. Morris Sorensen, road department director said the actual hard costs of handling a ton of garbage average out to be $27 which includes employee and equipment costs.
The commission approved to advertise the old compactor from the landfill on Iron Planet. Sorensen explained they will come out and evaluate the equipment and then the equipment is placed on their internet auction website. The company keeps a percentage from the sale. Locally it's hard to move this type of equipment because no one has a use for it and other landfills already have the equipment required. After the equipment is paid for then the purchaser can pick up the equipment.
A maintenance agreement was signed with Honeywell Building Solutions for the automation maintenance services for the equipment at the aquatics center.
Johansen and Tuttle was approved to do the land survey at the Lawrence Cemetery. Wade Nielson is the land owner surrounding the cemetery. The Lawrence Cemetery isn't laid out well and is small. "It would be beneficial to acquire more land. It would require a fence be put around the new area. There are a couple of washes that need to be filled in. A survey must be conducted before additional land can be purchased," said Commissioner Kofford.
The agreement with the State of Utah and Emery County was approved for cadastral mapping in the amount of $6,420. This mapping marks the corners for each section. Dixie Swasey, county recorder said the mapping has been very valuable for Emery County and gives more accurate survey information. It is GPS mapping and will be ongoing until the corners on all sections have been marked.
Mary Huntington, personnel director, presented several items for commission approval including the Equal Employment Oopportunity plan.
Advertisement will begin for a part-time janitor for Cleveland Library. Jacklynn Farren was approved as the part-time janitor for the Castle Dale library. Recruitment will begin for a water safety instructor and three head lifeguards. The positions will come in house. Kaylee VanWagoner and Gwen Peacock were approved to be on contract with the county as Aquasize instructors at the pool. They will receive $175 a month. Recruitment will begin for five Emergency Medical Systems scheduling coordinators. This will be in house and the coordinators will receive a $200 a month stipend. The coordinator schedules personnel to be available for ambulance runs at each of the five locations where ambulances are housed. Commissioner Horrocks pointed out the money is not additional money into the system, but just a realignment of funds.
Recruitment will also begin for an EMS training officer. This position will make sure the EMTs have their training hours and all certifications are up to date. There will be a $300 per month stipend for this position. Commissioner Horrocks said this money for the training officer comes from a realignment of funds also.
In the commission reports Commissioner Horrocks said they met with Randy Johnson who is the county lobbyist. They talked about the America's Red Rock Wilderness Bill. Johnson is now in Washington, D.C.
Commissioner Horrocks said he spent Thursday at the legislature following bills which affect Emery County. If school funds are reallocated then the Emery County School District could lose $485,000. Bills are also being introduced which could affect mineral lease monies. He said he would continue watching the bills and keep the county informed of any developments.
Commissioner Laurie Pitchforth said she attended Festive Friday sponsored by the Utah State Extension Office and she hopes these programs won't be affected by budget cuts. She has met twice with the architect concerning the remodel of the Emery County Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Commissioner Pitchforth said she attended Sen. Bob Bennett's rural conference in Moab and met with Sen. Bennett.
The recreation district is planning a dodge ball tournament for March 21.
Commissioner Kofford said he attended the rural conference too, along with Commissioner Pitchforth. Sen. Bennett is having several smaller conferences this year and just completed the Moab conference and one in Blanding. They will continue at various locations throughout the state and end in August with the Richfield conference.
"We had good conversations with Sen. Bennett, he does an excellent job representing Utah and Emery County," said Commissioner Kofford.
Republican party chairman Bill Dellos said Sen. Bennett will be in Emery County on March 7 at 9 a.m. at the Barn's Grill. Sen. Bennett is providing the breakfast and RSVP is required to 749-9989 or 748-2488 or call Barn's Grill at 381-5411.
Sen. Bennett will speak and answer questions from county residents. Everyone is welcome to attend.