East Carbon council addresses possible street flooding issue
In an emergency effort East Carbon City has approved $6,500 to go towards a repair effort on Eight West St. The council has been confronted with the issue for some time, but since many houses are at risk of being flooded and with the onset of winter, the sole bid from Young excavation was accepted. Although discussion did arise about the taking the one bid, it was determined that the problem poses a significant threat and needs to be taken care of because the city is liable for houses if flooded.
"We've already spent three days out there and the solution is still not there, said Councilman Andy Urbanik after it was revealed that some work has been done in the area for a temporary solution.
While the drainage issue is caused from the grade of the town, it has been made worse because of inadequate culverts that become clogged as well as other ground issues. Safety is also a concern because the steep grade of parts of the project could be dangerous to children and thus more importance was given to fixing the problem.
Another safety concern for the city involves the new public safety building and the Sunnyside ambulance. Mr. Urbanik revealed that last year the ambulance was operating about $18,000 in the red and while two suggested options to solve the problem were suggested, only one was determined to be legal.
In order for the service to continue the council decided that a public safety district must be formed that would operate off of a separate tax base.
"We've been warned that this is going to happen," said Mayor Orlando La Fontaine.
The proposed district will be further refined and reviewed by the city attorney before any action is taken. As for the current debt of $18,000, East Carbon City plans to pay some of it through court fees, but this will only account for a small proportion of what is needed.
"This is a serious situation and we need to treat like one," sail La Fontaine. While the service will be able to continue for the time being, the city is still working on a more permanent fix for the remaining deficient.
Currently Sunnyside pays for the service, but with declining tax revenues it has been becoming increasingly difficult.
Highways around the city were also discussed because according to councilman Dave Magio the Utah Department of Transportation has painted substandard lines that are not straight and could possibly confuse drivers.
"A primate could do a better job than that," said Mr. Magio who intends to contact UDOT and hopefully resolve the issue.
According to the council the roads are already dangerous. Over the years multiple deaths have occurred around the East Carbon area.
Mr. Magio was also intent on getting a renters ordinance written for the city because he believes many substandard buildings are being rented by "slumlords." The buildings as described were without proper heat and lacking other basic utilities.
"We try to clean up out town, but allow these slumlords to come in and do this. I wouldn't let my dog live in the place by my house (that's being rented) " said Magio who said he will be looking into the ordinance further.