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Sunnyside, county consider transfer of land located in city


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By LES BOWEN
Sun Advocate reporter


Sunnyside plans to vacate a street on land formerly owned by the county. Sunnyside asked the county in July to donate land to the city for the construction of a public services building. The decision was made last Wednesday when commissioners agreed to donate four acres to Sunnyside. The city also has a right of way for a street across the property. The city plans to vacate that street, said Sunnyside Mayor Bruce Andrews.

Sunnyside officials indicated last Tuesday that they planned to meet with Carbon commissioners to discuss the possible transfer of ownership for a county-owned section of land in the city.

At a council meeting in July, Sunnyside officials had agreed to send a letter to the commissioners requesting the nine acres bounded by Circle Way and Utah Highway 123.

The council said the city plans to build a public service building within the next few years and wants to secure the land to put it on.

The letter was received by the commissioners, who said the county was willing to consider transferring the title to the city.

However, the commission showed a degree of hesitation to transfer the entire parcel.

The commissioners requested that Sunnyside officials determine how much land the city's plans would require and ask for that amount.

City officials explored the possibility of constructing a structure similar to the public service building in Helper.

Consequentially, Sunnyside contacted the architecture firm that designed the building in Helper to obtain plans.

Sunnyside officials indicated that they intended to modify the plans that were developed for Helper.

For instance, Sunnyside officials are unsure whether the city will need the same size of police station as Helper.

In addition, Sunnyside eventually plans to replace the existing city offices.

Sunnyside officials said they would like to plan for an addition to the building that could house the city offices.

The council had indicated previously and Mayor Bruce Andrews reaffirmed Oct. 4 that the facility would be constructed primarily with grants.

Since the original presentation, the request for the land remained on the commission's agenda for the county's subsequent meetings.

However, on Sept. 15, Carbon County commissioners indicated that something needed to be done regarding the matter.

Carbon commissioners subsequently decided to remove the item from the county's agenda until Sunnyside officials confirmed they would be present to discuss the matter at a public meeting.

Further, Commissioner Mike Milovich said that he wanted to discuss the matter with city officials in person. He explained that despite the willingness of the county to donate land to Sunnyside, the county had received a notice that their land was in violation of the city's nuisance ordinance.

Sunnyside officials said Tuesday that the county's land is overgrown with weeds. Councilmember Shari Madrid encouraged the mayor to take photographs of the seeds and show them to the mayor when he presents the city's proposal to the county.

Mayor Bruce Andrews said the city would request 4.5 acres from the county. The mayor said that there are a number of reasons that the county needs a large area. First, the city will need at least 31 parking places each time the fire department schedules in service training. The building will need to be set back away from the street because of electrical and telephone line easements that cross the property.

Andrews continued that the area is subject to flooding and will need to be built up. As a result, the area built up will need to be larger than the space actually occupied by the facility.

Sunnyside was scheduled to present the at the next county commission meeting.



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