Carbon County Commissioners Tackle a Number of Items


At the Carbon County Commission meeting that took place on Oct 19, residents John and Shirley Alger approached commissioners with the hope of finding a resolution to a flooding problem occurring in the Westwood area.

Commissioner Casey Hopes, who had previously been given information on this issue, gave a brief update on all that is being done to resolve the issue. Hopes stated that he has looked at the maps, seen a disclaimer and more. He then spoke with several entities and is going to work on having engineering completed. However, Hopes did state that he believes this work is something that should be left in the hands of a private contractor. It is also hopeful that this can be paid for with flood mitigation funding.

Also discussed at the meeting was the addition of Carbon County sexual violence prevention services. This will be conducted through the Children’s Justice Center. Shelley Wright with the Justice Center briefly spoke with the commissioners, stating that the first grant has been received and will work for one year. Unfortunately, Carbon County is fifth in the state for sexual violence. Utah is ranked first in the nation.

Wright states that one of the biggest goals is to raise awareness and educate young citizens on sexual violence prevention. With this grant, it will be possible to purchase resources and train and host prevention workshops. This program will be working in conjunction with the local Domestic Violence Coalition, the CARE Coalition and more. The contract was approved and signed by the commissioners.

A date was also set during the commission meeting for a public hearing that will regard a petition aimed at vacating roads in Scofield Campsite. This public meeting will take place on Dec. 7.

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