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County appoints zoning member, funds bookmobile

Sun Advocate reporter

With two spots on the county planning and zoning commission recently opened, the county commissioners on Jan. 20 approved Tom Paluso, of Spring Glen, and re-approved Artie Campbell to serve on the zoning panel. Paluso has served as chairman of the Helper City Zoning Panel and has served on the board since 2002. He currently works as an engineer for Environmental Industrial Services (EIS), an engineering company which provides services mostly to the mining industry. The two positions were opened before the holidays; however, the commission received no applicants and thus solicited Paluso, who accepted the position.

"It actually started out as an informal conversation between me and Richard Tatton," said planning director, Dave Levanger. "We talked about several folks who we thought were community- minded and I've known (Paluso) for years; he's a rock-solid guy and knows the area."

Aside from the appointment, the commission reviewed a contract with the state involving the County Bookmobile.

Although the bookmobile service has been around for over 30 years, it has gradually become more dependent on county funding than state money.

"We talked about how the bookmobile used to be picked up by the state; now the county picks most of it up," said County Accountant, Robert Pero.

Eventually, commissioners agreed to provide slightly increased funds to the bookmobile program.

The bookmobile is a service that provides books and other library services to rural parts of the county and is partially funded by the state.

According to Utah state library director Donna Jones Morris, the program's total budget for the past 12 months was $95,600 with Carbon county providing around $76,000 of the funding.

"The bookmobile is meant to be a cooperative project between the county and the state and we're glad to have the joint support of the county because we could not do ti without them," said Ms. Jones.

The bookmobile operates in 14 counties across Utah and was started in the 1950s. In Carbon County the service has been in operation since 1977 and according to Ms. Jones it is the only library access many people have in the county.

Serives provided include internet access, book check outs and library exchanges. Finally, commissioners decided to table an opening of the bids for the courthouse phone room electrical upgrade, because electrical requirements have changed and thus the item must be re-bid.

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