By Julie Johansen
Emery County Commissioners discussed the pros and cons of a contract with Gold Cross for EMS services in the county during their meeting on Tuesday. Gold Cross is a private entity and the commissioners would need to ensure it was a quality unit. Commissioners decided to analyze the system they have now and the Gold Cross options. The item was tabled for further research.
Next, Roxanne Jensen gave a presentation on the projects the county libraries have planned for National Library Week, which is slated for April 7-13. The presentation included an explanation of what libraries do for the public. These projects include plans for the LSTA Grant. A complete schedule of events at each library can be found below.
Also during the meeting, the commission approved the planning sites for the Des-Bee-Dove kiosk on Des-Bee-Dove Road as long as there was coordination with Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk. Commissioners also approved a $250 donation to ETV News for the No Grave Goes Unadorned project for 2019. This project ensures that every grave in Carbon and Emery counties receives a flower for Memorial Day.
Two Request for Qualifications packets on the Cottonwood Creek PL566 Watershed were received by the commissioners, one from Jones and DeMille Engineering and the other from Johansen and Tuttle Engineering. The packets passed on to be opened to see if they meet requirements. Commissioners also approved using Smith’s Tix to be their online ticket sales vendor for The Swell Country Fest this summer.
Sheriff Funk reminded everyone during the meeting that rivers will be high and rapid this year. Search and Rescue members have been very busy and plan that that will continue to increase as the weather gets warmer. They expect well over 100 searches again this year and are considering putting some of the expenses back on those involved from outside the county.
Emery County Attorney Mike Olsen reported that his new secretary is Samantha Johnson, asking all to welcome her.
USU Extension agent Roe Zwahlen requested permission to use the flower beds on the southwest corner of the county administration building for the Jr. Master Gardeners program. The project received approval.
Finally, the Emery County Travel Bureau received approval for matching grants from Transient Room Tax (TRT) monies for Millsite Ladies Golf, $1,000; Get In The Wild Adventures, $3,500; Green River Rock and Mineral Festival, $3,500; Tamarisk Restaurant, $3,500; and MECCA Bike Club for its Spring Bike Festival in Green River, $3,500.