County waives fees, looks over UDOT deal on SR-10
On July 15 Carbon County commissioners waived fees for use of the county events center, for both the Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) market expo and the Children's Justice Center Halloween mascarade ball. It was decided that because the events are indented to benefit the county, that the waiver of fees would be acceptable in both cases, although there were some questions from commissioners.
Commissioner Mike Milovich, who made the motion to waive the CJC fees, wanted to know why the event could not be held in it's traditional location, the Elks club lodge.
"I'll waive your fee, but maybe you should try it there (the Elks) one more year. That's a big hall (the events center)." said Mikovich, addressing CJC director Shelly Wright.
In the past the event has been held at the Elks lodge in Price, however because of consistent growth from year to year, the lodge has struggled to accommodate and while it does not charge huge fees for use of it's facilities, it does charge one.
When asked how much the Elks charge, Wright said that with the catering and rental, the total cost added up to around $3,500 while the mascarade has a total revenue of around $8,000.
"The Elks have been really great with us, but as we grow, we need more space to take in more money," Wright told the commissioners.
While the fees were waived for the mascarade, the catering company will be required to pay for use of the county hall since they are making a profit.
Other fees that were waived at the events center as before mentioned, were BEAR's fees, because of its potential benefit to small businesses in the county.
"I almost feel that this is a county project," said commissioner John Jones.
As BEAR's name implies, it is intended to expand the economy of Carbon's County's small businesses through varies types of promotion. And the project at the events center, which will provide around 70 spaces for businesses and nonprofit entities will provide means for small businesses to further their reach.
"We wanted to make this look decent and look official," said director of Carbon County Economic Development Delynn Fielding during the meeting.
Overall the fees waived, individually total to around $2,000 a piece, although the CJC event might still be held at the Elk's lodge.
The county fair grounds ,which house the events center also came under some scrutiny because as reported by Dave Levanger and Ben Clement from county planning and zoning, the fair grounds can be confusing to navigate.
"For the most part people can get to the fair grounds, but they wonder a bit," said Levanger.
Currently the solution is to add more signs to the area , although it is unclear as how many, or what type. And because the center has no formal name, the commission is entertaining various ideas on a title.
"We need to do a survey of what we need (in terms of of signs) up there." said Milovich. "And why don't we let the people name it? We could hold a contest or something, it would be better than us trying to come up with something."
The item was tabled for further discussion pending more information.
Other information that came before the commission included various road construction projects and information about road construction studies that need to be conducted.
"I've been working for almost a year on the SR-10 from the US-6 intersection," said Commissioner Bill Krompel. " UDOT will pay us $20,000 to conduct a study for access off SR-10."
However, as the county attorney pointed out, the money will only be reimbursed once the county comes to UDOT's requirements which generated some controversy among the commission.
"Why do we need to be the lead agency on this?" asked Milovich, who indicated that there have already been previous studies done on SR-10 and not much has come of them. Commissioners were weary of spending the $20,000 because in addition to UDOT's conditions the county has not had positive dealings with the agency in the past as they have been billed years late of previous cooperation projects.
"We need to talk to them about timeliness," said Krompel. The issue will be an item for further discussion.
Finally the county will be working with Price city to improve the intersection with fairgrounds road and Westwood.
The intersection which most drivers, the county and Price city consider awkward is potentially going to be changed to a more fitting design.
"I would like a split intersection," said Krompel, "30 percent or so of the road is on county with the rest in Price city."
While no action was taken, both the county and Price city are working on obtaining funding and hope they can work something out.