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County commission OKs water line, landfill contracts

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2012

EVANSTON — On Nov. 7 at the meeting of the Uinta County Commission, several items were included on the agenda, including problems created by the construction of a pond next to a non-county road in the Bridger Valley area.

Jeff and Kari Short brought the problem to the commissioners as drifting snow on the road adjacent to the damn for the pond may cause severe snow drifting that could close the road. There are homes that must be accesses from that road; while county roads are plowed, the access road in question must be privately maintained.

Planning office personnel indicated they will look into the subdivision plans and plotting in order to research methods for mitigating the problem.

In other business, the Commissioners approved a resolution to adopt rules for changing meeting days and dates due to holidays. If a Tuesday meeting will be compromised by a holiday, that meeting can now be held on the first Thursday following the Tuesday the meeting would have been on.

Other items approved by the commissioners included a conditional use permit for an individual to keep four horses on three lots so the livestock can keep down weeds and fire hazards on the property, the approval of the CSBG Grant which is used to assist with low income housing, and the use of the Wyo-Link system for the Public Safety Commission.

Also on the agenda was a proposal by Dale Atkinson, director of economic development, to accept a contract between Uinta County and Allied Construction for the county’s water line extension project. Allied was the low bidder, at $419,000.

Sam Hatch, Uinta County maintenance director, asked for approval of a WYDOT proposal for flight communications at local airports. Under the proposal, WYDOT would supply all equipment, and the county would supply only labor, costing the county no funds. That proposal was approved unanimously.

Hatch also asked for approval of a grant to build an archery range next to the rifle range. The 100 percent grant would require only that Uinta County supply the labor for the building of such a facility. That proposal was also approved.

Uinta County Attorney Blaine Nelson gave the commissioners a lease document and an explanation of the lease for land east of Bear River State Park. The land is on the site where a new fairgrounds facility is likely to be built. Each commissioner reviewed the lease document before being approved for use by both the owner of the property and Uinta County.

Clay Baird, landfill coordinator, presented the last agenda item for the meeting. Baird received approval on a proposal to accept a bid quote from Lindley Construction in the amount of $72,500 for the crushing contract at Uinta County Landfill No. 2. Thousands of tons of concrete and asphalt need to be crushed at the landfill before they can be used for road building and maintenance. 800 tons more can be crushed under the Lindley proposal than the proposal by Nelson Construction, though both proposals were for the same amount of money.

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