Commission secures funding for projects
Across Carbon County, things will be changing this summer.
The Carbon commission has secured nearly $16 million to help improve not only county infrastructure, but the lives of both young and old.
"We have a lot of money to stimulate our economy, that comes from our local mineral lease payments," said County Commissioner Bill Krompel.
Five projects are in the works, including two new buildings, an airport runway overhaul and two road improvements.
The senior citizens center will be the largest project at around $8,650,000.
With an architectural firm working on designs, it seems the center will reach fruition soon with contractor bidding expected to begin in about a month.
The second building will be a Carbon County Family Support and Children's Justice Center. The project has also been in planning for years.
"Both projects have been studied extensively and there really wasn't much choice, but to build new buildings," said Commissioner Mike Milovich.
The current senior citizens and family support centers are, according to Milovich, lacking in minimum standards and needed facilities.
Improvement projects include the final phase of the Carbonville road work and the Nine Mile Canyon road.
The Carbonville project will finish the north part of the road, making it three lanes and adding a drainage and a sidewalk.
"Carbonville Road has had no major rehab work done on it for about 50 years, mostly since it was turned over to the county once Highway 6 built," said Krompel. As for Nine Mile Canyon Road, the $350,000 for it will be spent on a "master plan study, to help guide improvements," said Krompel. This includes aerial mapping, studying traffic volume and identifying other safety issues. According to Krompel, Nine Mile Canyon road has been in multi-purpose use for nearly 100 years, but with recent natural gas discoveries, it has become quite impacted and needs reevaluation.
With nearly 73 percent of the funding coming from grants and loans from the Community Impact Board (CIB), Carbon County is benefiting from mines and other resource extraction in the area, and while the airport is the only project that is not receiving anything from the CIB, it is also on its last part of construction and will probably be done first.