The Emery County Commission met on Aug. 11 for their regularly scheduled meeting. They ratified the State of Utah bailiff and security services contract which is a standard form that comes once a year. The State paid $12,500 for these services to the county.
The commission considered and approved a resolution establishing an Ambulance Advisory Board, which would include the Emery County Sheriff, an Emery County Commissioner and five ambulance supervisors from the following areas Green River, Castle Dale, Orangeville, Huntington, and Emery. The resolution states that the initial board will consist of LaMar Guymon Sheriff, Commissioner Laurie Pitchforth, Green River Supervisor, Castle Dale Supervisor, Orangeville Supervisor, Huntington Supervisor and Emery Supervisor.
The Emery County School District requested and received a building permit fee waiver of $2,101.60 for Emery High School project house. Emery High builds a project house every year to teach students the skills necessary for constructing a house. The commission considered and approved the asset purchase agreement and customer request work agreement between Emery County and Rocky Mountain Power for the upgrade, transfer and sale of the Cedar Mountain, Utah power line. Emery County owns the power line in the Green River city right of way. The power line is approximately two miles long. On top of Cedar Mountain is the repeater station that puts television into Green River as well as into San Juan County. The power line is in need of repair as recent storms have caused extensive damage. A few days there was no power to the repeater and it ran on standby power. The repairing of the line and the repeater has been discussed previously. It was determined it would last through another year before putting it into the budget. Rocky Mountain Power has surveyed the power line back to Price. They want $71,550 to upgrade the power line.
The $500 is for a permit from the Bureau of Land Management. There is one customer on the existing power line which Emery County has been sharing with and selling power to. Under the franchise agreement Emery County is not allowed to sell power. The cost of this project will be $71,550 to the county and looking at the budget, there is $109,000 in the Communications budget that will not be spent this year. Commissioner Kofford suggested that $71,550 be taken from the communications budget and use it for this power line. Commissioner Kofford sent a letter to Bruce Adams of San Juan County. San Juan County participates 50 percent in keeping this power line and repeater operating. Adams replied they would send their money before the end of the year. The actual expenditure by the county will be about $36,000.
The Commission ratified the Federal Aid Agreement Supplement between Emery County and Utah Department of Transportation for the South Moore Cut off Road - Phase VII. A contract was signed in March for approximately $4 million. As it was completed in design the cost increased to $6,530,658. It became necessary to sign this contract to get the project on the UDOT bid list which will be Aug. 14. The county portion is $1,210,674. that amount may change as the bids come in, but that is the amount of money that is allocated for this project.
The commission considered and approved a contract for consultant services to develop, revise and update Emery County's Emergency Operation Plan. This is being paid for by Home Land Security in conjunction with Carbon County and Grand County. The contract indicates the rate of pay and per diem expenses. All three counties are signing this agreement. Note that it will not go over the amount budgeted for the consultant.
A 3 percent increase and a 4 percent COLA was approved for John Conder who has successfully completed his 6 month orientation period. Approval was given to start recruitment of seven part-time people, working 19 3/4 hours per week as life guards. A lot of the existing staff will be leaving for college soon.
Lee Ann Seely was hired as a 90 day temporary at the Museum of the San Rafael. The commission meeting minutes for July 13, 14 and 28 were approved.
Laurie Pitchforth said the fair is over and it was a success, we had the largest crowd ever on Friday night for the rodeo. All three nights were very well attended. She thanked all who helped with the preparation, presentation and clean up.
The Chili Cook Off went very well. Commissioner Kofford took second place while BK's took first in the Chili Cook Off.
Jeff Horrocks was out of state during some of the events. He did participate in the parade at the fair.
Gary Kofford attended the CIB meeting and received $800,000 for the Care Center. The total project is $1,600,000. The municipal building authority will match 50 percent. Carter Construction started on the project Aug. 10.
The Commission approved a project for 400 South and 400 West in Huntington. The Goblin Valley part three is bid. Goblin Valley part two, Brown Brothers started that project.
Congressman Jim Matheson was in town and met with mayors and other elected officials from Carbon and Emery County at Castle Valley Outdoors for a luncheon. Commissioner Kofford picked him up at I-70 and Moore Road. They then drove the Moore Road Cut Off as it was Matheson's first time to see that project. Jim Matheson did go to the lamb fry and visited for an hour or so. State Rep. Kay McIff was in the parade and also helped with the chili cook off.