School district, city explore access road idea
When Carbon High School was built 50 years ago it was put at the end of what is basically a dead end road that put it in a corner with only one access point. Now Carbon School District and Price City are talking about changing that.
During the school board meeting on June 17, CSD Superintendent Patsy Bueno said she had been in conversation with Price Mayor Joe Piccolo about building an access to the campus that would come out on 700 North.
"Price would like to partner with us on this," said Bueno. "They have talked about approaching the Permanent Community Impact Board (CIB) for funds to do this."
According to Board President Barry Deeter, the cost of an engineering study for the road would be $8-10,000, while the cost of the road itself would probably cost between $30-40,0000.
Where such a road would be located is not a sure thing. There is a lot to deal with including the big hill north of the high school, as well as the soccer field north of the main building.
"There would be some challenges with moving that hill," said Bueno.
Some of the property such a road would pass over now belongs to the school district and some to the city.
Bueno was approaching the board for approval to put together some kind of letter of intent to partner with the city.
However as the board discussed the situation, they said that they were not quite ready to do that yet. They felt there were a lot of questions to be answered before the district even reached that point so they put the issue off until their July board meeting when some answers could be ready for them.
In this situation Price City would have to approach the CIB since school districts are ineligble for such funds. The CIB money comes from royalty money generated across the state by petroleum, gas and coal production.
During the Price City council meeting on June 24, Piccolo was asked about the possibility of a such a road and he said that the entire thing is still in its concept stage. "It would provide further access to the high school," said Piccolo, "We're just seen if there was interest."