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By Carl Kem

Public information terrorist

I have not hidden that I am new to the area, though I have lived here before. While I typically I refrain from involvement in local politics unless I have been there at least a year, I diverted from that a few months after moving here. Though I am political, I do not feel the diversion is entirely by choice.

I recently came under fire when I voiced my opinion about the proposed merger of East Carbon and Sunnyside. I expected flak, though I expected far more professionalism.

You see, when I spoke at a couple of Sunnyside town council meetings about the merger, I spoke only of my experience with East Carbon city, city council and city employees. Only my experience, nothing made up or fictitious.

Since I have been here my initial inquiries were relatively simple:

What are the city codes regarding fencing and property use.

What are the city codes regarding gardening and animal use.

What are the city codes regarding small business development.

And I want to review how the potable and waste waters are handled, and not just on paper.

Before I bought this home, I came to the East Carbon City Hall several times from out of town and I tried to review the codes. Initially I was denied. The first time I was told it's none of my business. Second time I

was at the counter and asked if I could sit at a table and read them, to

which I was told "no" because whoever she was, was concerned I was going

to "take them". Then when I finally moved here, I was still burdened

with reading the codes only at the counter or next to it while sitting

in a chair which is, because of a documented physical impairment,

physically painful and difficult. When I asked about them making an ADA

accommodation, access has changed significantly for the better.

Since then I have been...

1. Been educated on the standards for fencing.

2. Been partially educated on gardening and animal use. There are still

too many unknowns as I found the city codes aren't exactly in order (or

perhaps I still don't know where to look).

3. Had received one business license application, but lost it and when

trying to get a replacement application I was confronted by a city

employee which inquired not only about the type of business but the

origin of my personal income and then denied an application when I

refused to say. That is totally uncalled for!

4. When I made an inquiry about the waste water, little information was

provided. When I asked for a copy of the waste water treatment plan, I

was told no. When I asked about the potable water treatment, you'd think

it was the end of the world.

After I asked about the potable water treatment I have been called,

repeatedly, a "possible terrorist" by two city councilpersons and by two

paid employees.

I have never, for as long as I have been alive, ever had any problem in

getting that kind of information, even if I was only passing through.

And never have I been called a possible terrorist for asking. One of the

city councilpersons that called me a possible terrorist has also made me

aware that I am no longer allowed to attend any East Carbon City council

meetings without prior city council approval, and if I show I will be


Why ask for a tour of the water treatment facility? Well, I pay for &

use the water. There are ways to be honest and still refuse a tour. But

to slander me by calling me a terrorist? And these people are voted into

office? So now I ask what's wrong with the water treatment system? What

are they afraid of me seeing that they are willing to insult and slander me?

I have been warned by both a city council person and a paid employee

"...don't mess with us. We have friends in high places and we can make

your life here very difficult.". Two different people, two different

conversations, one threat. Well, now my home is now for sale. So let's

see how big and bad the city's "friends in high places" really are-

cough up the cash and buy my home and I'm outta here.

Otherwise East Carbon best apologize and stop.

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