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Mayors, commissioners put heads together, prioritize CIB projects

Mayors, commissioners put heads together, prioritize CIB projects

If Impact Board runs short of funds, list could be ‘extremely important’

James Tilson

Staff writer

3-23-2017

GUNNISON—A group of county and municipal leaders at the Mayors and Commissioners Meeting prioritized the list of projects throughout the county that are seeking funds from the Community Impact Board (CIB).

Travis Kyhl from the Six County Association of Governments addressed the Mayors & Commissioners Meeting on March 9 to explain the prioritization of its “one year list” for CIB grant applications.

Sanpete County Commission Chair Claudia Jarrett had asked Kyhl to attend the meeting to explain why the CIB was now requiring a list of projects, and prioritization of that list. Kyhl had a simple explanation, “because the CIB told us to.”

Kyhl said prioritization had been a rule for years, but it had not been properly enforced until now.

However, Kyhl says the CIB wants the project list to be more realistic. The “one year list” has to be a real planning document. Funding that the CIB relies on is not as plentiful as it had been before, Kyhl said, and the CIB wants to be prepared in case prioritization becomes a necessity.

“The day may come when CIB does not have enough money to fund all of your projects, and then this list becomes extremely important,” Kyhl said.

Jarrett said that each city and the county had submitted at least one project to the commission for inclusion on the “one year list” and the representatives gathered that night would vote to rank the projects. After brief presentations by the attending representatives, Jarrett announced the rankings.

First, Spring City’s redevelopment of city wells and springs project, at an estimated project cost of $200,000.

Second, Fountain Green’s new fire station building project, at an estimated cost of $700,000, of which only $634,000 would be funded from the CIB.

Third, Gunnison City’s safe to school sidewalk project, at an estimated cost of $250,000, of which $200,000 would be from the CIB.

Fourth, Centerfield’s community center restroom project, at an estimated cost that had yet to be determined.

Fifth, Sanpete County’s boundary survey project, at an estimated cost of 180,000.

Sixth, Ephraim’s new well design and construction project, at an estimated cost of $1,500,000, of which $375,000 would be from a CIB grant.

Seventh, Mayfield’s zoning update, for economic development and housing, at an estimated cost of $30,000.

Eighth, Fayette’s spring protection program, at an estimated cost of $$1,220,000, of which $333,000 would be from a CIB grant.

Ninth, the second phase of Fairview’s sports park project, at an estimated cost of $575,000.

Tenth, the third phase of Fayette’s roads and streets project, at an estimated cost of $96,000.

Eleventh, Mt. Pleasant city’s culinary water treatment plant project, at an estimated cost of $3,300,000, of which $825,000 would be from a CIB loan and $825,000 would be from a CIB grant.

            Mt. Pleasant Mayor David Blackham told those in attendance at the meeting that water engineers had told the city leadership that the funding for their culinary water project would be available from other sources, and thus he urged the representatives to put Mt. Pleasant’s project at the bottom of the lis