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Fire chief plans to retire council hears


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By MICHAEL OVERSON
Sun Advocate reporter

On Dec. 9, the Wellington City Council held a regularly-scheduled meeting. During the council session, Wellington's fire chief announced that he has decided to retire. Sam Espinoza's last day on the job will be Jan 3, 2010. In the next few weeks, the city will pursue finding a replacement for him in the all-volunteer department.

Several other topics were on the agenda, including a new charter for the Boys and Girls Club of America that is being established in Carbon County.

Andy Urbanik and Brent Stockdale were in attendance as club spokesmen. The club has secured major facility support from Mount Harmon Junior High. Club spokesmen are visiting city council meetings in an effort to obtain donations, either monetary or in-kind. They appeared before the Wellington City Council to seek a donation of $5000. Mayor Karl Houskeeper pointed out that, due to the budget situation, the city isn't likely to have money available to donate to the cause. No action was taken by the council on the matter. The club also accepts personal donations of any sort.

The Boys' and Girls' club program, which aims to help out junior high age children, is looking to serve between 100 and 200 kids. Starting in January, club membership will cost $10 per person for the school year and an additional $10 for the summer. The Club plans to operate five days a week from 3-7 p.m. Some of the services offered will include tutoring, athletics, sociability classes and leadership activities.

Emery Telcom also appeared before the council, seeking to renew their franchise agreement in town. In the meeting, Jared Anderson described Emery Telcom's plan to branch into the wireless phone service market. Their new services would be geared towards youth and will be similar to a high speed extension to the current land-lines. Under Emery Telcom's plan, Carbon and Emery County subscribers will have unlimited voice, text and data. Outside these two counties, users will roam off T-mobile and AT&T towers. The city did not approve the renewal at the meeting, because both parties are aware of differences in the contract that need to be resolved. Wellington and Emery Telcom were in agreement about the needed changes. They will be completed and the application will be resubmitted. Wireless service is earmarked to begin within a year.

In another area of interest, Wellington Head Start needs to renew their lease agreement for the use of city facilities. Before that can take place, however, the city needed to complete a fire safety inspection, during which some minor and two major problems were found that are standing in the way of the lease renewal.

First, the boiler room has extension cords traversing the room; this is a violation of the fire code. To solve this problem, new conduit needs to be run across the room so that the sump pump is hardwired into an outlet. Wellington may have to take responsibility to fix this problem because it concerns the boiler room. Tenants are not responsible for fixing problems that concern the functionality of the rented building.

Also, the building where Head Start is located lacks a fire alarm system. This is a must whenever children occupy the premises. In order to solve this problem, a pull-style alarm can be installed. Head Start will have to pick up the tab on the alarm.

These problems need to be fixed before the next school year starts in August. If they are fixed, the lease will be renewed.

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