Anyone intending to start a business in Carbon County need no longer appear before the county commission as of Sept 2. During the most recent county commission meeting on Sept. 2, the subject of business licenses arose and the policy was changed.
Commissioner John Jones inquired why it was necessary to have people come before the commission in person because business licenses only need three signatures.
Hearing proposals, according to Mike Milovich, can be interesting, but he agreed that it is often a waste of time for both the commission and the licensees. The measure was approved. Over the next few months, the county will observe its efficiency, and possibly go back to hearings if they are, in fact, a better system.
The county worker's compensation program has also been changed to the Utah Local Government Trust (ULGT). The trust is a non-profit organization that provides services primarily to governments. Although the county was once part of ULGT's coverage, they opted out because, according to Mr. Milovich, "We had a lot of problems way back when. They were tough to deal with."
ULGT representatives assured the commission that things have changed and that while, in the past, the organization might have been difficult, they now offer a very competitive service.
The company representatives present prided the company on its effective approach with safety and risk management, but mostly on the decreased premiums it offers. ULGT representatives also indicated that they have been able to achieve a 99 percent retention rate among the other local governances they serve. In all, according to Commissioner Bill Krompel, ULGT will save Carbon County 33 percent, or about $42,550 with its new premium.
The company's claims officers are in Denver, Colorado. In order to better inform county employees on safely, ULGT representatives will visit Carbon County every three months.
"I would like to do business with you," said Krompel.
The company serves nearly 90 percent of governments in Utah, and will charge no fee should Carbon decide to terminate services. As this is a renewal period for the county worker's compensation program, to Commissioner Krompel's knowledge, there was no termination fee for the previous program.
From a nearly $3 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant, the county airport has installed a new navigational system has that allows airplanes to land without actually seeing the runway if they have the proper equipment. However, now that the system is in place, part of the deal specifies that if the FAA installs the equipment, the county must build and maintain access roads to the facility. Concern arose since the county might lose some authority over the airport if it allows the FAA access. An FAA restriction zone already exists at the airport and, thus, commissioners decided that any loss of authority would not overshadow benefits of the new system and the additional $10,000 from the FAA of leftover money from the project.
Lastly, commissioners were given a chance to grill the new regional director of the BLM, Jerry Kenczka, who was present to introduce himself. Mr. Kenczka will only hold this position for a few months, but commissioners would like to see him take action on county issues.
"We had some title S processes with complaints that reverted back to the BLM that I would like to see resolved in the Nine Mile Canyon area," said Mr. Milovich.
Commissioner Jones was also concerned about land use issues and wanted to know about some lost documents on trails. "They told us that we would need to pay for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)" he said.
While the new director was unclear on many issues presented to him, he was open to working with the county and wanted to have a good exchange of information.
"It would be nice if we could have someone down there for more than a year. It's been a revolving door for about five years," said Commissioner Milovich to Mr. Kenczka. "Your Vernal office is (a good example) to follow."