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Price River trail takes shape as commissioners review plan for implementation


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By COLLIN MCRANN
Sun Advocate reporter

In an effort to control increased garbage problems near a parking area around Scofield reservoir, new fences and other measures have been added to the 2010 county budget for a total of $25,000. County commissioners discussed the measure on Oct. 21 following incidences of garbage blowing around a parking lot owned by the Utah State Department of Transportation (UDOT), which is in support of the project.

"I think it's a desirable project when you can do garbage containment," said Commissioner Bill Krompel.

The fence will be about four feet tall. Construction will begin next spring after the snow has melted. However, Commissioner Mike Milovich inquired about moving a second dumpster on the opposite end of the parking lot into the enclosed area after construction is complete. He was informed that the area would be big enough for both dumpsters.

In another improvement effort involving some of the newly reclaimed areas around the Price River on the southwest side of Price, the county and the city of Price have decided to join forces and work towards creating a walking trail near the river. Although the project has been discussed and ongoing for about three years, the Price River Enhancement group would like to see the walkway extend from Helper to Wellington at about eight to 10 feet wide as proposed.

For now, however, the plan is to build the walk from the overpass on Carbon Avenue in Price along the river to the bridge on 100 N.

Carbon County and Price City will share the costs of about $200,000 each. About 80 applications for additional funding have also been filed. UDOT has presented about $66,400.

"Construction is easy, but what about the maintenance part?" asked Milovich, who wanted to know how the city and the county would share the costs.

Price City Mayor Joe Piccolo answered by proposing a cap on maintenance spending, so that costs can be studied over time. Thus far, about $14,259 has been spent on preliminary engineering. Commissioners indicated that they would be in agreement with budgeting the money once clarifications are made to the contract.

"As far as funding goes, we still have an opportunity with the Community Impact Board (CIB)," said Mr. Piccolo. Applications for CIB money must be submitted early enough for consideration next spring.

Finally, a gravel pit on Old Wellington Road was granted a conditional use permit that requires reclamation of the site once finished. The commission was also aware that other gravel pit sites across the county have not been reclaimed.

"It's a travesty. (when sites are not reclaimed) We need to show diligence in our reclamation efforts," said Krompel.

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