Tremonton City continues to stock up on water shares to supply the city’s growing secondary water system.
After securing 111 shares in a land swap deal in May, the city has secured another 44 shares, this time obtaining extra shares from the county that weren’t being used.
Tremonton has been negotiating for months to acquire the county-owned shares, and at a meeting last week, the Box Elder County Commissioned approved the sale, making the shares available through the surplus property process.
As required, Tremonton hired an outside appraiser to value the shares, which will be sold to the city at $5,000 apiece for a total purchase price of $220,000. The city is in the process of rolling out the secondary water system to some of the most densely populated parts of town, and needs the shares to keep up with the number of connections going in.
After holding a public hearing at the meeting on June 5, the commission voted to move forward with the sale.
“It still leaves us with over 60 shares for the county, so we will still have what we need to use on the roads, at the fairgrounds, and other things we pull water out of the canals for,” County Commissioner Stan Summers said.
Commissioner Jeff Scott said the sale will benefit both parties, as the county wasn’t using the shares, and the savings for Tremonton’s culinary water system will be dramatic.
“The reason this makes sense, especially in Tremonton’s case, is the lack of water resources they have,” Scott said. “Rather than using culinary water on their lawns and trees, they’ll be using this.”
Accolades and positive reports are still pouring in from last month’s Golden Spike sesquicentennial celebration. Commissioners read a letter from Michael Nash, who served as incident commander for the National Park Service during the three-day event. Nash said some 40,000 people attended, and called it a “huge success.”
Summers made a point of recognizing Niagara Bottling, which donated 35,000 bottles of water to be distributed freely to those who attended.
He said comments came pouring in from people who were grateful to have such easy access to drinking water without being charged.
Also, Laura Selman reported on the success of “The Crossing,” the play she helped organize at the Old Barn Community Theatre during the Golden Spike 150 celebration. The county provided a tourism grant to fund the production, and Selman said the investment was well worth it.
“We were planning to do two performances and we ended up doing six,” she said. “We filled the house several different times.”
Scott called it “probably the biggest number of people affected for a project this small, dollar-wise, that I’ve seen.”
Wildfire season hasn’t arrived yet in Box Elder County, due in part to a cooler and wetter than usual spring, so county officials took advantage of the weather to do a little burning of their own.
Crews were out on Monday, June 3 burning piles of dried tumbleweeds, getting as much as they could done while the risk of the fire spreading was still relatively low.
“Hopefully that will be the extent of our firefighting this season – that and the Crossroads,” Scott said, referring to the planned burning of the old Crossroads building in Tremonton last month. Of course, with all the vegetation growth brought on by the rain, firefighters are bracing for another potentially busy summer as everything begins to dry out.
The commissioners received a visit from a group of girls from Alice C. Harris Intermediate School, who were on their way to Washington D.C. last weekend to showcase the award-winning projects they created for the National History Day competition.
In other business, the commission waived the fairgrounds rental fee for an LDS young adult singles ward conference coming to Tremonton on July 27, in exchange for the singles wards doing a cleanup service project at the fairgrounds. Conference organizer Charley Bown said there will be between 60 and 80 people in attendance.
Commissioners also approved two contracts, one with Staker Parson and another with LeGrand Johnson, totaling nearly $500,000 for paving work to be done on streets in Portage this summer.