East Carbon council addresses Public Safety, sewer line issues
Working out issues with Sunnyside City including payments on the Joint Public Safety Building was a main topic of discussion at the East Carbon City Council meeting on Tuesday.
The city council listened as City Attorney Jeremy Humes discussed the issues he researched and worked on since the last council meeting two weeks ago. The council requested that Humes determine the best course of action before making any decisions, including those involving a high amount of money.
One part of the discussion focused on the Joint Public Safety Building that East Carbon and Sunnyside share together. Sunnyside City originally claimed that East Carbon needed to pay a portion of the utility bill of $2,894.03 from January. Humes said that East Carbon would only be responsible for $1,192.72 to cover the city's part when they took over possession of the building last year.
Humes did some research into the bill on the Joint Public Safety Building and was unable to find anything tangible that says the city must have to pay for this. He was unable to get into contact with the Community Impact Board before the meeting to discuss the issue, but he is planning on talking with them. He suggested that the city council pay the difference between the two figures which comes to $1,701.31. In the end it would be the city's responsibility to pay that, he said. Council members unanimously passed a motion to pay the difference of $1,701.31.
The maintenance work on a disputed sewer line between East Carbon and Sunnyside and who is responsible for paying for the service is still unclear at the moment, Humes said. Sunnyside may have already paid Twin D, who checked the disputed sewer lines with cameras, but was not able to have that be confirmed, Humes said. The engineering company, Jones and DeMille, may have told Sunnyside it was their line. Humes said he would again do more research into the issue and find out what, if anything, East Carbon would need to do in making the issue is taken care of.
Councilwoman Cheryl McFarland said that Leighann Martinez, an employee at the museum, is looking into documenting the lives of long time residents in the area. The idea is to create a library where people could go to learn about older residents in the area and hear the stories they have to tell. The city council requested that Martinez get quotes for the cost of audio, video and other equipment needed for the project.
Councilman Darrell Valdez said that a cable or a gate may need to be placed at the entrance of the waste transfer station. Problems with people dumping material in the wrong area or not in containers has been a problem the city has been dealing with for some time, he said. The council discussed the need to put up signs stating what can and cannot be dumped and where material needs to be dropped off at the site. The city may employ the use of more security cameras at the site to prosecute those who are in violation. Humes said that signage would need to be posted at the site before they could prosecute violators. The council unanimously passed a motion having councilman Valdez in charge for doing research into the cost for signage needed at the site and the possible use of cable or a gate at the entrance.