Scott Bartlett and Will Spitzenberg of Boss Engineering were at the recent Cleveland Town Council meeting to review the plans for the proposed fire station project. Bartlett presented several plans and cost estimates for the council to review. These plans include a new fire station with city hall and meeting rooms included in the building.
"We must make a decision tonight as the town is scheduled for the funding request with the Permanent Community Impact Board on April 2," said Bartlett. There were four plans with the cost estimates for the council to consider. The new plans were drawn up following the recent public hearing held to discuss the project. Bartlett and Spitzenberg have incorporated the comments and suggestions made by residents at that hearing.
Plans A and B, were basically the same floor plan with the difference being the cost to complete the upstairs room. Plans C and D were drawings of the same building on two smaller scales. Other options to reduce the cost of the building were discussed besides reducing the size of the building, including the option not to finish the upstairs and making the council meeting room and office smaller.
Following a review of all options, the council suggested making additional changes and requested Bartlett and Spitzenberg incorporate those changes before the meeting with the PCIB. Cost estimates ranged from $965,000 to $1.4 million.
In other business conducted by the Cleveland Town Council, they decided to do the clean-up contest again this season. The rules will be the same as last summer and the prize money will also be the same. Mayor Chris Parkins said, "The contest last year was a very good idea. We had several residents enter. Our only concern was the citizens who undertook big clean-up projects and did not enter. We are encouraging all residents to enter this year. The most important requirement is to take a before photo and an after photo for the judges." The contest will run from April 16-Sept. 3 and residents may sign up at town hall.
A resident was at the council meeting with a request to purchase two small parcels of town property. These lots adjoin his property and he wishes to expand his lot size. Mayor Parkins informed the resident of the steps which need to be taken with this request. "I will talk to all the other parties involved and will get back to you as soon as possible," said Mayor Parkins.
Sgt. Tom Harrison of the Emery County Sheriff's Office presented a copy of the Emery County Emergency Management plan to the council members. He requested they review the plan and consider joining with Emery County in this plan. Harrison stated the local emergency planning commission is now in the process of updating the emergency plan. Cleveland Town will need to write a letter of request to be included.
Councilman Jason Merrell informed the council of a Dr. John McBride from Brigham Young University is coming to Cleveland to do some work in the town's cemetery. He is bringing students and equipment to verify where all the plots are. "Dr. McBride has ground imaging radar and can locate the things under the surface. He is bringing students for them to get experience operating the equipment. He and the students are donating their time to do this project and we will be able to know the exact location of all the old graves," said Merrell.
The next meeting of the Cleveland Town Council will be April 16 at 7 p.m. in town hall.