Commissioners discuss shooting range problems
Carbon County Recreation and Transportation Special Service District's board met Monday and discussed the North Springs shooting sports project.
A formal presentation by county officials was on the April 3 agenda, but was canceled. Instead, Carbon Commissioners Bill Krompel and Mike Milovich gave the board a brief rundown on the project.
Krompel explained that the county commission went to the Utah Permanent Community Impact Board and secured a $750,000 loan for the shooting range four years ago.
After that, the scope of the project began to grow. Several venues were added and larger and larger plans were incorporated.
The cost of the recreation and shooting sport project has climbed to $3 million.
The funding comes from $1,285,000 in loans, $1,285,000 in grants and $500,000 pledged by the special service district.
The project now includes the purchase of 600 acres of land in the North Spring area east of Hiawatha.
Several shooting sports and training venues will be placed in the area for the general public, law enforcement and tournament shooting.
The rifle range will include an incremental target range out to 1,000 yards, with a support building 450-feet long by 19-feet tall.
A parking lot will accommodate 170 vehicles.
A pistol range will be located near the rifle range.
In addition, there will be a law enforcement training area with another building 256-feet long by 14-feet wide by nine-feet tall.
A parking lot will handle 60 vehicles.
There will also be a cowboy action shooting area with support buildings and parking for 200.
An archery range is still in the planning stage.
The venues will have separate hospitality centers. The buildings will all include 1,000 square feet of floor space with restrooms, a kitchen, and storage space.
The facility will also have a picnic area with restrooms and a recreational vehicle park with 53 units.
An event center remains on the drawing board.
At Monday's meeting, the commissioners said major problems have recently been identified with the project.
The original design did not include power, water and sewer for the project or targets for the gun ranges, according to the county commissioners.
An issue of a right of way easement has been identified with one of the oil and gas companies in the area, and the design of the entrance road might prove to be inadequate.
The commissioners said the problems are being worked out and changes, modifications and new recommendations are being reviewed.
The project was originally estimated at $2.5 to $3 million to complete, but now may require an additional $500,000 to address the design flaws. .
Introducing an unrelated agenda item at Monday's meeting, Dean Armstrong from Helper Recreation Community Development presented detailed plans and specifications for the city's swimming pool project.
Armstrong told the special service district board members that the pool will cost more than originally planned.
He said Helper will need supplemental financial support or some aspects of the project might need to be cut back.
The original engineering estimate failed to take into account major aspects of the pool building, explained Armstrong.
Now, the project might face a financial shortfall of about $200,000. Westland Engineering should have the final numbers calculated by sometime next week.
Armstrong pointed out that the general revenue outlay for the pool project included $600,000 in loans, $300,000 in grants, $75,000 from the Eccles Foundation, $6,000 raised by community fundraisers and a pledge of $200,000 in supplemental support from the special service district.
Armstrong said Helper planned to go back to the CIB on Thursday to ask for an additional $300,000 to cover items not calculated into the original engineering estimate.
Addressing a different matter, the board discussed the ongoing Nine Mile road project.
Krompel said Creamer and Noble Engineering will present the firm's findings and recommendations on the Nine Mile road to the county commissioners on April 10.
Creamer and Noble was contracted by the county to complete an in-depth study of the road to be used as a guide for future construction.
The United States Bureau of Land Management has agreed to offer a 100-foot right of way to the county on federal parcels through the canyon to allow room for road widening or pull-off viewing areas, explained Krompel.
Several private property owners in the canyon have offered similar easements.
No action was taken on the Nine Mile road project pending results of the engineering report.
Acting on another matter, the board voted to approve a funding request application.
In recent months, there has been confusion about what the special service district does, what projects the agency can fund and who is eligible to petition for funding.
In an effort to clear up the confusion and screen future petitioners, the board has drafted a funding request application that must be completed and presented to the administrator, Linda Ballard.
All funding application requests will be presented to the administrator by the 20th of each month. Board members will review all requests.
The applicants complying with certain requirements will be invited to attend a special service district board meeting and present the proposals for funding.
A cover letter will be included with the application that describes the process.
The board members also discussed adopting a mission statement for the special service district.
A draft proposal was presented, but there was disagreement on language, semantics and technical terms.
In the end, the panel decided to have the special service district's legal counsel, Nick Sampinos, draft another version of the mission statement and email it to board members for review and discussion.
It is expected that a formal mission statement will be ready for adoption at the next scheduled meeting.
The special service district also approved a contract with Frontier Corporation for a design study to restore a one-mile stretch of Muddy Creek near Scofield to its original condition.
The property is owned by the special service district.
In addition, Tom King gave an update on the golf course. He said weather has been a negative factor, but the second tournament of the year was recently conducted with a good deal of success.
King discussed efforts to improve and maintain the golf course and grounds. He also outlined a plan to purchase and lay some areas with new sod.