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EC/S cemetery nears completion, but debate on name change lives on

A decorative fences surrounds the new cemetery.
The cemetery sprinkling system nears completion.

Sun Advocate associate editor

Suggestions include Hopeless, Discontent, Radiator Springs

Taking into consideration wide-spread resident dislike for the name East Carbon-Sunnyside, town officials decided Tuesday to throw out the old and bring in the new.

During a work session, the council opted to take suggested city names through the town's news letter and via a drop box to be located at city hall. According to council member Barbara Robinett, all recommendations must be new, meaning that the names Sunnyside, East Carbon and Dragerton will not be considered.

"Me and council member David Maggio talked about using the name East Carbon to describe the area with subdivisions including Sunnyside, Dragerton and Columbia," explained Robinett. "But no one else on the council voted in that direction."

According to Robinett, it was the council's majority opinion that the merged cities of East Carbon and Sunnyside will require a new name in order to move forward.

Several names which have been brought before the council thus far include Cedar Valley, Bookcliff Valley, Bruin Point, Tavaputs City, New Carbon and Sunrise. Laughing, Robinett commented that some of the more off-the-wall recommendations have included Hopeless, Discontent and Radiator Springs.

The council will review the names through February, looking to put the name to a final vote in early March.

Finishing the cemetery

Working to finish the town's new cemetery, the East Carbon-Sunnyside council has decided to have Jones and Demille Engineering provide a bid detailing just what it will take to finish the project.

After discussion concerning some issues the council has faced with the engineering firm, it was decided via a split vote that the information Jones and Demille already had concerning the project out-weighed any problems the city may have had.

As of Tuesday, city maintenance employees were finishing the sprinkler systems and filling in the last of the cemetery's trenches. The intricate outer fence is complete for now, as city officials have decided to leave the back end open to provide access and to save on water.

"The city's maintenance department has told me that the reservoir is 98 inches below the spillway," said Robinett. "So for now, we plan to get the front portion of the cemetery seeded and begin selling plots."

The fence includes brick pillars along the street with rod-iron centers. Plastic coated chain link was used for the cemetery's perimeter.

Several of the roads going into and through the property have been asphalted and the center island has its pad. Once Jones and Demille finish their bid, the council will review the numbers and look to approach funding bodies including the Utah Permanent Community Impact board. The cemetery is located on the southern end of Denver Avenue in East Carbon-Sunnyside.

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