New chair appointed at Carbon County Commission meeting

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Casey Hopes was appointed as the new Carbon County Commission chair Wednesday night in place of Jae Potter for the next six months. The reason behind the change in position was not announced. Potter was absent from the meeting.

A public hearing was held during the meeting regarding the paving of Nine Mile Canyon Road. The purpose of the hearing was for the public to comment on the nature of moving forward with the project. Commissioner John Jones announced how he felt that paving the road would be a great investment, saving approximately $700,000 a year in maintenance for the road. All comments from the public supported paving the road except one. A man voiced his concerns about the road becoming an industrial highway, causing damage to sites along the road. Commissioners assured the man that, at this time, paving the road is best for the preservation of the road and surrounding sites.

Helper City Mayor Ed Chavez discussed with the commissioners the RAP (Recreation, Arts, and Park) tax, which will improve the swimming pool, playground, and support the Arts Festival in Helper. A resolution to approve the tax will be on next meeting’s agenda.

Others items discussed at the meeting:

Mountain America Credit Union extended its services to county employees.

Four Corners Behavioral Health area plan for fiscal year 2014 was approved.

The certified tax rate for the county was adopted.

Bids were opened for the Cross Country Trail. Engineers will study bids and work on moving forward with the project.

911 Dispatch may see a budget increase based on the census population.

The Gateway South Transmission Project is moving forward with its survey. The organization also donated $500 for the Carbon County fair.

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