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ECC, Sunnyside get grant to save their water supply

The session was hosted by the Carbon County Water Conservancy District.

Sun Advocate reporter

After more than a year of discussion, two applications and one major misunderstanding, East Carbon and Sunnyside City received funding from the Utah Permanent Community Impact Board (CIB) to develop a collection process which could add significantly to the eastern county's water supply.

At the CIB's May session, East Carbon Mayor Orlando LaFontaine, accompanied by Sunnyside Mayor Doug Parsons, gained approval for a $289,000 grant which will be used to capture and transfer water from the Grassy Trail Reservoir's number two diversion. Conditions within the grant application also allow for several critical upgrades to the East Carbon water treatment plant.

CIB officials discussed the upcoming East Carbon and Sunnyside merger vote at the meeting, stating that they would look favorably upon seeing the towns come together.

Board urges merger

Members of the impact board have also gone on record several times, according to East Carbon officials, concerning their issues with duplicating services within the two towns. During the latest meeting, members also commented on the area's funding history with the board.

"They made sure to let me know that we had been in front of the board 17 times," said LaFontaine. "Every time for emergency grants, not loans. I can tell you one of the board members was very upset about that."

The funding body was reportedly eased by former Carbon County Commissioner and current board member Mike Milovich, who explained that both towns have been working to cope with an aged water system which was left to the area when mining operations in Whitmore Canyon closed.

The current project, which could add as much as 300,000 gallons of water a day to the city's culinary tanks, began gaining traction during the summer of 2012 when an East Carbon public hearing and council vote approved submitting an application for funding. The initial document included engineering work by Members of water agencies from all over Utah came to Price last Wednesday for sessions concerning emergency preparedness when it comes to water systems, dams and other water related infrastructure. The group of between 80-100 people met for morning sessions at the Carbon County Events Center and then took a tour of the Scofield Dam facilities in the afternoon. The session was hosted by the Carbon County Water Conservancy District.

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