East Carbon, Sunnyside near accord on building
Looking to solve the recent issues over the Joint Public Safety Building, the East Carbon city council is making decisions to take care of loose ends with their neighbor Sunnyside City.
At a city council meeting on Aug. 10, East Carbon city councilors listened to new information provided by City Attorney Jeremy Humes and council members made a motion to pay the remainder of a disputed bill between the city and Sunnyside City in the amount of $1,192.72.
Over the last few meetings, both East Carbon and Sunnyside have both debated on which city is responsible for bills that have come up. Last month, Sunnyside City requested that East Carbon pay a portion of the $2,894.03 in utilities for the Joint Public Safety Building for January 2010. East Carbon took over ownership of the building in July of last year. Some East Carbon city council members thought Sunnyside had grant money to help pay for the project that would then be used to toward the utility bill.
At their last council meeting on July 27, East Carbon unanimously passed a motion agreeing to pay a portion of the original utility bill with a check sent to Sunnyside for $1,701.31.
Humes suggested that the city pay the rest of the bills that are being disputed. He said that after doing some research that the contracts pretty clear on what costs are covered by construction and what are not covered. Humes also said that the Community Impact Board was paying for the construction costs.
"I can't find a basis for the city to deny paying the bills prior to taking over the building," Humes said.
Other questions that came from the billing included a FedEx fee for $11, a floral bill for $61 and a $609 bill for the meters being set at the building by Questar. Humes said an argument can be made that should have been covered under the instillation for the utilities for the building. A question would then arise on how East Carbon would get someone to come back and pay for that, he said. The $609 that East Carbon is responsible for is one-third of the original bill of $1,800, with Sunnyside and the CIB paying for the other portions.
In other city business, Viking Park now has a fully automated sprinkler system in place, according to Darwin Christensen, city maintenance worker with East Carbon.
Other the past few weeks work has been done at the park with the help of a summer work program with local kids helping out with the project. The automation of the system required digging up the old piping system and finding out what is there, Christensen said.
Currently everything at the park, including the baseball field, is automated, Christensen said. Instead of watering throughout the day and requiring city workers to spend hours watering the park, the system will now allow the city to do its watering during the night. Previously it would take the city about six hours to water the entire park, but with the new system it should take three to four hours to finish watering, Christensen said.
The effect of the new system will not only help the city, it will benefit residents who use the park and it will cut down on the costs of having to water for longer periods of time, Councilman James Wayman said.
"It's going to be a major plus, whatever this (automated system) comes up to do. Not only on the maintenance but also to the residents, " Wayman said.