Hopes speaks to Chamber
Carbon County Commissioner Casey Hopes was the speaker at the Carbon Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on June 19 and he defended the commission's resolution concerning the notification of local law enforcement when federal officers are involved in undertaking law enforcement in the county.
"All we are asking for is for their law enforcement agencies to work with us," said Hopes.
He kidded that he was going to wear the tin hat that the commissioners had created for each of them for an earlier commission meeting to poke fun at a Salt Lake Tribune's columnist who suggested a few days after the resolution passed that the Carbon officials were much like the city officials in the southern Utah town of LaVerkin after that body passed resolutions keeping the United Nations out of their town.
Hopes also talked about the new courthouse and how remodeling the old one would have cost so much money it was better to build a new one instead.
"Within the $18 million to build it we have a $6 million grant, a $6 million low interest loan and we had $6 million to put into it ourselves," he told the group. "Bringing everything under one roof, being able to have a one stop shop for county services will be an asset to the community. This building sets the county up for another 50 years of operation."
Hopes also said that he had been recently meeting with various business interests that want to come to Carbon county including a coking company that is looking for financing for their first plant and a company that has the mineral rights to the tar sands near Bruin Point and wants to develop that resource.
He also discussed the importance of the oil load out facilities in the area and the jobs they have provided, including the Wildcat, Price River Terminal, Savage and Helper Terminal load outs.
Hopes also told the group about the seven county coalition that is being formed.
"We are working to pull our assets together to help each other out," he said of the coalition which besides Carbon includes Daggett, Uintah, Duchesne, Emery, Grand and Duchesne counties. "With this we can help one another get products and resources out,"
Hopes also pointed out the $2.5 million dollars the commissioners needed to cut out of the budget while funding $23 million in growth.
Nine Mile Canyon and the paving of the road was also a point of discussion.
"Nine Mile is having its final paving this year, a road with a long standing life." he said. "This paving project will protect our archeological treasures there."
Hopes said the highlight of his first years as commissioner was the selection of a new Justice Court judge for the county. He said working with the people that put it together was a great experience and that he was proud of how it was done.