East Carbon City Council members met on Aug. 25 amidst a crowded room to discuss pressing city business. Because the city is situated on a slight angle to the West, water drainage in East Carbon has always been an issue. Now this drainage floods parts of the west side of town.
When it rains, water has flooded residents' yards because the current system has not been able to handle the amount of water that accumulates.
"We can't continue to let that become Lake Eight West," said Councilman Dave Maggio during the meeting. It was eventually decided that the city will do anything necessary to fix the problem, but first they intend to investigate and see what is necessary.
The city also looked into some of its drug testing policies, since the city would like to randomly test all city employees, elected officials included. However city attorney Jeremiah Humes was present to advise the council on how to legally implement the new policy.
"In the private sector, it's an issue of privacy, because in Utah if you drug test employees, you must drug test management as well," said Humes. "States (government entities) can only test safety- sensitive positions, because the fourth amendment is implemented."
Safety-sensitive positions were eventually defined as any employee who drives a city owned and insured vehicle. Because elected officials are still in a legal gray area, the council decided not to test them after they are elected.
The city will evaluate all of its safety-sensitive positions through supervisors and will likely hire an outside firm to complete the random screenings.
"We have to follow the guidelines or we could lose our insurance," said Councilman Andy Urbanik.
Liability issues were a common theme, because the city building inspector has come under scrutiny for notcome under scrutiny for not being fully qualified. The county has inquired about how the city plans to remedy the situation.
"Every time we get close to the finish line, the state moves it. Now we have an almost building inspector, and that doesn't work." said Maggio.
East Carbon is one of the only smaller communities in the county with its own building inspector. While the city will utilize the county inspector for the time being, the council would eventually like their current inspector to participate in an apprenticeship to become qualified for both residential and commercial buildings.
"I'll talk to the building inspector," said Councilman David Avery.
City parables for the budget were approved, along with new tires for a police hummer at $698.76 and $600 to fix a fence on the new walking path.
Councilman Maggio also brought up the issue of managing the city's waste because the city transfer station was "a mess." ECDC had to be called in to haul off 32 loads recently.
"Contractors in the area need to get with the county or ECDC because the transfer station is not for private contractors," said Urbanik.
Finally East Carbon will also be looking into getting a new roll-off truck because the current one is a hazard according to Maggio who said it is also out of date and been in use since the early 1970s.