streets will get extra chip and seal
November 20, 2008 | TREMONTON -- A number of Tremonton's
streets will soon be getting upgrades, thanks to the
City Council's decision to grant Public Works Director
Paul Fulgham's request for extra funds next year.
Fulgham approached the council Tuesday night and asked
for an extra $150,000 that would go towards putting
chip seals on approximately one-fourth of all city roads.
The seals extend the life of the road for approximately
7-10 years by giving an extra layer of protection and
sealing cracks so moisture doesn't get in.
"It seals them and gives them a surface life so the
top layer takes all the wear and tear," Fulgham said.
City Manager Rich Woodworth said he considered the
investment a wise one, as doing a complete repair would
cost the city a lot more in the future.
"Right now, sealing will give you better dollar value
for the city than anything you can do," he said.
Fulgham said seal work should begin next spring.
In other news, Woodworth and Fulgham presented the
council with the idea of hiring a full-time engineer
for the city, and gave a presentation on the cost benefits
an engineer would provide.
According to Woodworth, every project the city does
requires an engineer, and the city currently has to
hire one from an outside source. Engineering costs have
also been going up over the past few years, as the city
spent approximately $53,000 in 2005, $70,154 in 2006
and $105,000 in 2007.
Woodworth said the engineer would also perform information
technology (IT) duties as well, which he's projecting
will cost the city over $33,000 this year. He said having
an engineer would allow the city to consolidate those
costs as well as utilize the position for other work.
"There's a compelling argument saying we're not getting
done what we need to get done," he said. "We don't forsee
anything that is going to happen that won't need engineering."
The council decided to consider the request and will
discuss it further in a future meeting.
Council members also discussed a new streetlight policy
from Rocky Mountain Power that makes all future streetlights
"consumer owned" lights. Rather than install the lights
and work through the city for maintenance and upkeep
costs, the utility company will now charge developers
with the cost and five years worth of maintenance up
"It will impact our subdivisions and (contractors)
around the city," Woodworth said.
Many members of the council, who are already upset
with RMP's plans to put a large power line along 2000
West, felt this was just another punch to the gut from
"So what this is is the jab, and the power line is
the hook?" Councilman David Deakin said.
In other business, the Tremonton City Youth Council
for the year 2008-2009 was sworn in. Youth Council Mayor
Brodee Nelson, Mayor Pro Tem Logan Fulgham, Historian
Kristle Kohler and Recorder Cami Thompson joined other
youth council members in taking their oaths from City
Recorder Darlene Hess.
The youth council has been busy throughout the past
year with a number of projects, including landscaping
work at the senior center, collecting food for the Tremonton
Food Pantry, participating in the World Hunger Banquet
and planning a Sub-for-Santa service project in December.