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By Myrna Trauntvein
Times-News Correspondent

The regular meeting of the Juab County Commission was held February 19, 2019, at 12 noon at West Desert High School, 440 Trout Creek, Trout Creek, Utah. The following comes from the meeting minutes.

Present were: Byron Woodland, commission chairman; Clinton Painter, commissioner; Richard Hansen, commissioner; Alaina Lofgran, Juab County Clerk/Aditor; Ryan Peters, Juab County Attorney; and John Crippen, county administrator.

Others present: Shirl Nichols, Glenn Greenhalgh, Bill Alder, Earl Lewis, Verl Wilkey, Franci Sims, Robert Sims, Chris Lewis, Barbara Mumm, Lynn Ingram, Debra Youren, Robin Wentz, Cindy Timms, Beth Anderson, Don Anderson, Joseph Matthews, Bobbie Matthews, Alicia Bronson, Shaylen Allred and Craig.

Commissioner Woodland welcomed all in attendance. Lynn Ingram offered a word of prayer and Chris Lewis led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Commissioner Painter made a motion to accept the minutes from the February 4, 2019 commission meeting with minor changes. Commissioner Hansen seconded the motion. There was no opposition, the motion carried and all voted in favor.

Lynn Ingram, Juab County Road Supervisor, met with the commission for an approval to purchase 16 dump truck tires. Lynn presented two bids: one from Park & Pump for a total amount of $6,641.12 and the other from Quality Tire in the amount of $6,892.64. Lynn told the commission that he had one company who had not responded with a quote.

Commissioner Painter made a motion to approve the purchase for 16 dump truck tires from Park & Pump in the amount of $6,892.64. Commissioner Hansen seconded the motion. There was no opposition, the motion carried and all voted in favor.

Ingram presented quotes for chip and seal projects from Hill, Sand and Gravel in the amount of $22 per ton, which did not include the freight. Staker and Parson’s bid was in the amount of $16.75 per ton and Kilgore was in the amount of $16 per ton. The oil will be on the state bid contract.

The commission suggested that Ingram advertise for sealed bids on the chipping project and agreed to table this item until the following commission meeting which will be held on March 4, 2019.

Ingram spoke to the commission about TransWest who would like to buy an easement across Juab County property. located south east of Nephi in the area of Bigelow Dam, in order to access their power line sites.

Ingram said he spoke with Perry Davis, Juab County Deputy Attorney, who also had some questions and concerns with buying an easement which is already public lands.

Ingram suggested possibly having a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement (MOA) written between Juab County and TransWest and allow them to build the road to specs and not sell them an easement.

The commission suggested that Ingram work with the Juab County Attorney’s Office to see what can be negotiated. The commission would like Ingram to come to commission meeting at a later date with any follow-up information.

Commissioner Woodland spoke to George Garcia, who has recently retired from the Forest Service. He told Commissioner Woodland to maintain control of the gate at the top of Mona Pole.

Ingram told the commission that the Forest Service would like to install a gate at the bottom of Mona Pole. Ingram does not see a need for this when the danger is at the top of the canyon. The commission agreed to notify the Forest Service and tell them the commission is not interested in installing a gate at the Mona Pole.

Alaina Lofgran, Juab County Clerk, presented an agreement from Mountain Land Collections, who would collect any payments that have not been paid through Gold Cross who is contracted with Juab County EMS Services.

The commission is in support of this but would like the opportunity to be able to work with someone who could not afford to pay their ambulance bill and would like to be contacted before they are turned over to collections.

Other business: Commissioner Painter made a motion to pay the Juab County bills, Commissioner Hansen seconded the motion, there was not opposition, the motion carried and all voted in favor.

Commissioner Painter made a motion to approve the ticketing service agreement. Commissioner Hansen seconded the motion, there was no opposition, the motion carried and all voted in favor.

Commissioner Hansen made a motion to accept the amended changes to the Juab County Land Use Ordinance number 02192019, commissioner Painter seconded the motion. There was not opposition and all voted in favor.

Commissioner Painter made a motion to waive the $200 fee and building deposit for the American Legion for use of the county multi-purpose building. Commissioner Hansen seconded the motion. There was no opposition, the motion carried and all were in favor. Commissioner Woodland recused himself due to being part of the American Legion Association.

Commissioner Painter made a motion to approve Lyndsey Morgan, Jeff Banks, Kyle Bell, Tate Shepherd and Karlin Winter to be appointed to serve as fair board members. Commission Hansen seconded the motion, there was no opposition, the motion carried and all voted in favor.

Commissioner Hansen made a motion to approve the bid from Larry H. Miller in the amount of $8,180.29 to repair the Eureka Ambulance, which was the lowest bid received. Commissioner Painter seconded the motion, there was no opposition, the motion carried and all voted in favor.

The commission would like to have adequate fire protection for the people on the West Desert and would like to have an active fire department implemented.

Chris Lewis, state fire marshal, would like to have some input from the people on the West Desert. Robyn Wentz stated they have some interest in being involved with the fire department but a lack of training has been the issue in the past.

Lewis stated he would be willing to come out to the West Desert once a month and provide training to everyone who is interested in being involved with the fire department.

Lewis attended a meeting with the fire board on Thursday, February 21, 2019. He would mention some of the concerns from the people from the West Desert.

Don Anderson thanked the road department for all the work they have done in maintaining the roads on the West Desert.

Commissioner Painter made a motion to close open session and move to executive session to discuss contractual and personal character competence of Juab County employees. Commissioner Hansen seconded the motion, there was no opposition, the motion carried and all voted in favor.