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Town searches for restroom

Sun Advocate reporter

With the construction of bathrooms near the Little League field still up in the air, the Sunnyside City Council is moving along with a solution to provide services during the season.

The council unanimously approved a motion to rent two port-a-potties for use during the Little League season which begins in May. While the council said they would pick up most of the cost, they are looking into having the Little League chip in to help cover the costs of the port-a-potties.

The costs associated with bringing in two portable toilets include a $60 charge to place two of them at the field, $30 per toilet to be cleaned once a week during the season and a $60 charge to have them picked up after the Little League season is finished.

"There were no port-a-potties there (at the baseball field) last year," Councilmember Nola Porter said. "There needs to be some there this year."

The original plan was to have a bathroom structure completed and available for use before the baseball season started, but the funding for the project has not yet been approved.

At the Carbon County Special Recreation & Transportation Special District meeting last week, the bathroom project was put on hold for another month. City Recorder Polly Sanderson said she will go back to their next meeting in May and try to secure funding again.

During a special meeting on March 31, Sunnyside City councilmembers opened and narrowed down the list of bidders for the bathroom project. A total of seven bids were presented and discussed among the board and before the meeting ended, the list of contractors was cut to three. Councilmember Shari Madrid made a motion to eliminate all of the bids except for the lowest three and only consider them, which the council unanimously approved.

The three remaining bids for the contract include Nelco Contractors at $64,930.70, JSS Construction at $72,059.00 and HalStead Construction at $72,850.

The contract for the construction would include a 60 day period of time for the project to be completed, after the notice to proceed is issued by Carbon County.

Councilmember Porter said that with the baseball season about to begin, construction on the bathroom project will have to be pushed back until July at the earliest.

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