East side cities ready for their 'marriage'
East Carbon and Sunnyside city council members met for the last time Friday night as separate municipal representatives. When they get together next on Jan. 7, they will be part of a single body, writing the most basic of ordinances for a brand new city.
"We got together to lay out a road map concerning what we need to do," said East Carbon City Council Member and mayor-elect Barbara Robinett. "We can't really make any decisions until after the first when the cities become one, so we used the time to plan."
The last step needed for officially consolidating the cities was approved on Dec. 13, when Utah's Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox, granted and signed East Carbon and Sunnyside's official request to merge.
The consolidation was confirmed by the residents of both cities during November's general election.
According to Robinett, the new joint body will begin by filling the council position she will vacate as she becomes mayor. To do so, the city is sending out a letter to every residence in both East Carbon and Sunnyside, soliciting an application from any citizen interested in filling the council position.
They will then interview the interested parties and vote in a new council member. Since the cities will have consolidated, the new member can come from any area of East Carbon or Sunnyside.
With a full 10 person council, mayors Doug Parsons and Barbara Robinett will be sworn in and then step back, becoming council members themselves. The 12 member body will then review those on the council interested in becoming mayor and vote.
With a chief administrator chosen and a set council, the real work begins.
Robinett explained that the two cities plan to begin reviewing items like the town's name and boundaries as soon as the positions have been filled.
In addition to a new name, the area's representatives must also decide where the city hall complex will be and what will be done with the building that is not chosen.
They will then move on to more complex matters like water and sewer rates.
"We have a road map laid out and we are going to follow that," concluded Robinett. "There is a great amount of work to be done and in all reality this is new territory for all of us."