The council also approved a letter asking the Utah Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit along State Route 279 (Potash Road) near the Wall Street climbing area from 55 mph to 35 mph or less. Grand County Trail Mix recommended the request. At the behest of an audience member, the council said that they would consider requesting a reduced speed limit for other sections of the road at a future date.
The council approved close to $30,000 in funding for a temporary part-time training position in the county clerk/auditor’s office for Chris Baird, who is running unopposed for the position.
“With [Baird] running an unopposed campaign this year, I think it would be very helpful if he was able to come into my office and work, since he will step into that position soon. Sooner than he’ll be ready for, I can guarantee,” said Grand County Clerk/Auditor Diana Carroll.
Airport Director Judd Hill also updated the council on renovation progress at Canyonlands Field Airport.
“I … asked point-blank to the runway company, Nielson Construction, will we have a functioning runway by May 1 and they said yes. There is a very tight schedule to make that happen. This weather and the wind has not been conducive to doing the paving but they are telling us as of today that they will have a functioning runway completed,” Hill said.
Nevertheless, Hill is preparing for the worst. If the runway is not completed by May 1, he is looking to make arrangement to relocate flights to Grand Junction and provide bus service from the Canyonlands Field Airport to Grand Junction airport.
The entire project will not be completed by May 1, Hill said.
“We are going to have to do some nighttime closures, which won’t affect the commercial service and will have minimal effect on the local businesses ... for several weeks in May for them to wrap things up.”
The council waived the county purchasing policy to allow the development of a new parking lot for the airport. The parking lot would cost a maximum of $100,000 and is urgently needed, said Hill. The parking lot will be expanded from 20 spaces to 130 spaces.
The waiver of the purchasing policy was acceptable to the council because there are a limited number of companies that can provide the gravel needed for the parking lot — the main expense — and all can be notified and produce quotes in less than three weeks. Hill said that the customary three-week bid window would delay the development of the parking lot.