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RTSSD hears of funding, maintenance issues


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By MICHAEL OVERSON
Sun Advocate reporter

Tom King went before the Recreation and Transporation Special Service District board to give an update on the golf course.

The golf course is in the process of hiring an assistant superintendent. The amount of responses (48) with 27 applicants holding bachelors degrees, surprised King.

He said that while the course is still covered in snow, the greens are very moist and he is watching the conditions, in case they need to put down fungicide.

There is also currently a truck that is in the district's name, which is no longer usable, according to King. The board will need to approve a measure to surplus the truck. Once that is complete, it will go on the auction block.

Dennis Wenger, from Frontier Corporation, presented updates on district-owned property near Scofield. The district has developed a plan with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to restore approximately 1.87 mile length of stream corridor.

"We have a proposed implementation plan which was developed and reviewed by district and DWR. After review, DWR passed it onto Utah Division of Water Quality. They reviewed it and will provide 50 percent of the funding. UDEQ is sending it to EPA with recommendation of full funding," said Wenger.

This project will focus on Mud Creek and Wenger expects it to be a showcase project. State stream restoration workers from the Division of Wildlife Resources will be on the ground to do the work. If all permits are approved, construction can begin no earlier than September to ensure fish spawning has taken place. The project will be expected to be 80-90 percent done this year, with next year slated for implementation of any needed fine tuning.

Once the project is complete, it should be self-sustaining, but a conservation corridor will be set up to protect the project, which will include fencing, bridge crossings used for maintenance, stream crossings, as well as trail access will be established. There are also plans to put in pavilions and parking areas for people to enjoy fishing after the stream is restored.

Sunnyside submitted an application for funding, in regards to a new restroom facility at their little league ball field. The current one is out of service due to vandalism. The board noticed discrepancies in budgeted amounts, so Sunnyside was asked to clarify the numbers before a decision will be reached. The new facility will have one urinal and one stall in the men's side. The women's side will have two stalls.

A motion to approve the resolution restricting PTIF Account 4056 for payments on the Carbonville Road improvements was approved. The board needs a copy on file after members sign it. There were no comments on the topic.

Three projects with Permanent Community Impact Board money were addressed. Old Wellington Road is set to receive $2,000,000 to replace the road. It will come with a five-year stipulation. CIB will have a conditional $20 million to improve conditions in Nine Mile Canyon. In that project $10 million is slated to come from Bill Barrett Corporation, $5 million from the state and the remaining $5 million from Carbon County. The state and county decision whether to fund it is contingent upon BBC. The third project concerns the fairgrounds, which has four areas of improvement needed. The first project is to demolish and salvage the grandstands.

"They are out of code, obsolete and somewhat unsafe," said County Commissioner and board member Bill Krompel.

Electrical lighting is out of date and needs to be replaced. They are considering replacing the entire electrical system, with high voltage lines running underground. One problem with the current system is that replacement parts are no longer manufactured. The overhead lights have experienced power failures. Energy- efficient lighting and an audio system are needed so that future events can still be held. The cost of both will be around $1,900,000 for the county.

New restrooms are needed by the ice skating rink and motocross track, after the old restrooms were condemned in 2009. The cost for that is expected to be $181,000. The new facility will have five stalls on the women's side. The men's restroom will have three urinals and two stalls. Showers were proposed, but denied because of cost and supplies.

The final fairgrounds project is to demolish and salvage the old maintenance shop.

"In its place, (we propose to) construct a new and efficient maintenance shop in a secured closed compound," explained Krompel.

There have been several problems with vandalism. The current facility is inadequate in size, with not enough storage space or secured space available. The cost would be $939,234.

Figuring in a 10 percent contingency, the total amount for the fairgrounds would be $1.1 to $3 million.

The CIB could approve it all or part or none.

The county road division came before the board for possible approval of a new snow blower. This would be purchased with the intent of using it at the airport. With recent storms, snow has been covering the lights on the runways. Removing the snow poses problems, as crews are breaking lights and running over electrical boxes under the pavement.

The board approved the measure for the new equipment.

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