Public safety district reviewed
On Oct. 27, the East Carbon City Council reviewed the newly-proposed public safety district. The city attorney informed the council that establishing the district would require petitions from both cities with 67 percent of registered voters from the last governor's election. The new district, as proposed, will cover only one service, (ambulance) but could cover up to five and will have a separate tax base.
"I don't think anyone would not be willing to sign this," said Councilwoman Darlene Kuhns.
The district will be further refined by the city attorney and a petition will likely be sent out to the public.
On another ongoing issue a rental ordinance which would specify obligations for both renters and landlords was also looked at. Two options relating to the issue were presented. One such option would be an ordinance, and the other would be more of a business license for all rentals that could generate revenue for the city. The council was in favor of the business license option and it will be further refined.
Local Jack Ronaff also addressed the council regarding Grassy Trail Reservoir and fishing rights. The lake, which has been closed for a number of years due to a variety of complications with land ownership issues, has been controversial because the city and county closed the area.
"The only way they would let us purchase it is if we closed off the road. The road belongs to the county. Sunnyside did not go to the courthouse and have their property recorded. They never thought the mine would close. If they would have done that, none of this would have happened." said Ms. Kuhns, during the meeting.
Although the issue is nowhere near resolution, the council informed Mr. Ronaff that, at one time, (there was a cost of? a bid of?) $650,000 for the reservoir, but it was just for the water because a private company owns the land. The lake was also closed due to high pollution levels from visitors.
Mr. Ronaff, who has petitioned the council numerous times, also wanted to know what future actions he should take in order to open the lake. He was informed that assembling a group of citizens would be his best bet.
"(The solution) can't come from the city council, the mayor or the administration. It has to come from a group of citizens and (be) moved forward by a citizen coalition," said Councilman Andy Urbanik.
Fencing issues also arose. It was made clear that even if the area was to be opened, the reservoir would be still be fenced off. Mr. Ronaff said, however, that he would return.
"You haven't heard the last of me," said Mr. Ronaff.
After the discussion, police Chief Sammy Leonard presented the council with a new computerized manual for the department that will be used to train officers periodically with the latest police policies. In all, the program has about 365 types of scenarios for officers and costs about $4,900 and $1,000 per year to renew.
"It's not cheap, for sure, but I feel that we lack this," said Chief Leonard.
The program was approved and has already been budgeted for.