Main Street Construction Coming to Castle Dale, Ferron and Huntington

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Lisa Beck of the Utah Department of Transportation speaks with the Castle Dale City Council.

By Julie Johansen

Lisa Beck, a representative from the Utah Department of Transportation, reported to the Castle Dale City Council on Thursday that Main Street will undergo rehabilitation between April 24 and July 21. This will be done on Highway 10 on main streets from curb to curb of Ferron and Huntington as well.

The road will be rotomillled and hauled away to be recycled. Crews plan to work Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., dependent on weather. Devin LeRoy, project foreman for Nielson Construction, also discussed what the project plans are for the main streets. Plans are to observe city celebrations with a recess of work and one lane of traffic will be open throughout the projects.

Next up during the council meeting, a representative from Peloris Government Management Software gave a video presentation on their accounting system. They report that they are the program of choice for over 180 municipal entities in Utah, including surrounding cities in Emery County. They boast of their assistance and training for clerks and recorders in the city offices. They also report that it makes the year-end auditing more complete and correct. No action was taken by the council in regards to the the accounting system.

Councilwoman Julie Johansen presented a brief application for a RP&P lease with the Bureau of Land Management for property between the county jail and the canal. The council voted to go ahead and seek the lease but could see no need for additional softball or baseball field. Other options included trails and tracks for bikes and walking, or an arena for mud bogs. Councilwoman Johansen also made a motion to purchase the Jensen property west of the Blue Sage Arena but it died for lack of a second.

Also during the meeting, Castle Dale City donated $100 to each of the four girls who will be attending Girls State in June.

City maintenance foreman Ignacio Arrien questioned planting flowers in the planters along Main Street with the construction. The decision was made to not plant flowers as it would be hard to water them and have them survive the dust and dirt of the construction. This is dependent on if the order for the flowers can be canceled. It was discussed that the money could be used to purchase more planters for another year. Then came the question of flags and it was decided to discuss each celebration on a separate basis but hang flags whenever possible.

Arrien then reported that on the way home from repair in Salt Lake City, one of the fire engines blew its engine and would have to be replaced. This is estimated to cost nearly $8,000.

City recorder Lael White reported that the grant for pickle ball courts has been received and a public hearing will be held at April’s council meeting. Members of the council then gave their reports.

Councilman Jordan Leonard reported that the youth city council would be electing and installing their city mayor in the near future. Councilman Doug Weaver noted that five individuals are working on obtaining their red card at a firemen training at the present time. Councilman Bradley Giles is working on the capital investment project list for the city. Councilman Joel Dorsch announced Castle Dale City Days are planned for June 6 and 7.

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