Sunnyside and East Carbon may only be separated by one mile, but the two cities are moving further away from each other regarding the Joint Public Safety Building.
At the city council meeting on Tuesday night, Sunnyside city councilors were trying to determine their best course of action after hearing of the decisions made by the East Carbon city council last week. East Carbon passed a motion last week stating they would pay $1,701.31 which was the difference between the original utility bill of $2,894.03 and $1,192.72. Jeremy Humes, city attorney for East Carbon, suggested that figure to the council and said it would be East Carbon's responsibility to pay that.
Sunnyside received a check from East Carbon in the amount of $1,701.31 within the last week. Sunnyside City Recorder Polly Sanderson said she had to double check with East Carbon on exactly what the check was for because there was no information that came along with it.
Sunnyside city councilors said that the grant for the building was a split agreement, with each city holding 50 percent. The building and the land it is located on also belongs half to each city, said Sanderson.
When the building was finished enough (dutring construction) that it required heating, power and other utilities, that's when all of the utilities were turned on, Sanderson stated.
Councilman Tony Riffle said he thought there was a stipulation for the ambulance to be separate and everything else would be half and half for each city. There would have been separate meters for the ambulances with the gas and the power, but they were not put in when the building was built.
The ambulance area in the building needs to have a separate service and separate meters, said Sunnyside Mayor Doug Parsons. There is concern among the council that having to put in meters could require some major construction such as having to rip the concrete in areas where the lines are located.
When the building was built a board was created with representatives from both cities and a county member to regulate it. The board includes both city mayors, one city council member from each city, one citizen from each city and one resident from the county. The board does not have a regularly scheduled meeting as they meet when board members call for a meeting. That may happen over this issue.
Sunnyside is trying to determine what East Carbon needs to be billed. Sunnyside chose to put their city down for accepting all of the bills for the building and they in turn send the portion of the bill to East Carbon.
Sanderson said she would try to contact the Community Impact Board to get more information about the inter-local agreement and to see what their take on the situation is.