Several Matters Discussed at Regular Emery County Commission Meeting

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Emery County Commissioners listened Thursday afternoon as Julie Jones of the Emery County Recreation SSD discussed a possible budget increase to bring in more vendors and entertainment to the 2015 Emery County Fair.

Also at the meeting, Justin Hart from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources addressed commissioners regarding the possible approval of a Cooperative Agreement between the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation, and Emery County regarding a boat ramp extension and parking expansion design at Joe’s Valley Reservoir.

The project would been broken down into two phases. The first phase would be the design phase and would take place in 2015 with the second phase beginning sometime in 2016.

Southeastern Utah Association of Local Government (SEUALG) Program Manager Todd Thorne explained two different programs to commissioners at the meetin. The first program is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. It is one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of House and Urban Development and funds local community development.

The other program is a revolving loan fund (RLF). It is a gap financing measure primarily used for development and expansion of small businesses. It is a self-replenishing pool of money, utilizing interest and principal payments on old loans to issue new ones.

The next regular Emery County Commission meeting will be hosted at the Emery County Courthouse on April 7 at 3 p.m.

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