Commission secures revenues to update local disatch system
Carbon commissioners met on May 18 to discuss some leading local projects, including one involving the county's emergency dispatch system.
Carbon County has secured $311,000 from the 911 committee to update the current emergency dispatch system into compliance with the rest of the state.
Ten percent of the funds will be matched by the county. Since the entire project is expected to cost around $271,000, there should be plenty of money.
Incorporating newer networking technologies, the system will be more efficient and should be operational sometime in 2009.
Commissioner Michael Milovich said the new system will allow emergency dispatch to happen from the old center as well as the county's ambulance garage.
Quest will install the system, with the actual invoices going to the 9-11 committee.
Garbage disposal is also something that the county and East Carbon Development Corporation have been dealing with since 1993.
In 1993, ECDC contracted to operate a landfill within the city limits of East Carbon. The site has accepted more than 350,000 tons of garbage. Pending a 2007 deal between the county and ECDC, rates have dropped from $22 per ton, to $17 per ton.
"Instead of $10 per can, it's now down to around $9.50. We want our citizens to benefit when the times are good," said Commissioner Bill Krompel.
ECDC accepts garbage from Carbon County as well as sources from all over the country.
In 2008, out of state industrial waste totaled to around 263,425 tons while in state industrial totaled to around 115,256 tons.
In other business, the commission has made amendments to the county's travel policy.
While many county employees travel, not all of them stay in hotels. Some stay with friends or relatives, which disqualifies the employees for meal reimbursement.
The new amendment allows for these employees to be reimbursed, as long as they return the receipt and an attached copy of their agenda.
The measure was described by Krompel as being an improvement for the individuals who travel as well as those who account for the expenditures.
Lawmakers also approved a measure to make sure that part time county employees are properly trained on how to deal with emergencies.
While not all part timers will be trained, ones that could find themselves working during an emergency will be, which involves employees who might have to drive to an emergency site or deal with a dangerous situation.
Danger occurs from time to time and, in light of the Price Canyon radioactive leak on March 31, a donation of three pallets of absorbent material or "kitty litter," was accepted from Energy Solutions.
"We've learned from it (the leak) and now we will move forward," said Energy Solutions representative Jeffery Gardner.