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Echo Dam to get earthquake update

According to a press release, the Bureau of Reclamation recently awarded a $1.3 million contract for "foundation dewatering" work at Echo Dam near Coalville to Foothill Engineering & Dewatering, Inc. of Corona, Calif.

Foundation dewatering immediately downstream of the dam is necessary to facilitate seismic retrofit work.

Beginning in May, a pumping discharge system will be constructed and maintained to lower the groundwater level downstream of the dam so excavation work can remove potentially liquefiable foundation material and replace it with stronger, denser material. This will enhance the dam’s ability to withstand a significant seismic event.

"Because many of our dams pre-date contemporary seismic design standards, we continue to make the necessary improvements to provide enhanced stability and ensure public safety," said Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor.

The Bureau began installing numerous dewatering and observation wells to facilitate the seismic retrofit work last fall.

The contract for the foundation modification work is anticipated to be awarded in the fall with the work concluding in the winter of 2012-2013. Local traffic will not be affected by the work.

Regular reservoir releases will continue with normal water level fluctuations through 2011. Future work on the foundation and spillway will be coordinated between multiple water districts and may affect reservoir operations in 2012 and 2014.

Echo Dam is a 158-foot-high, zoned earthfill structure on the Weber River, located one mile upstream from the town of Echo. Echo Dam was constructed between 1927 and 1931 to help supply supplemental irrigation water to approximately 109,000 acres of land west of the Wasatch Mountains. Echo Dam is operated by the Weber River Water Users Association.

County invited to become Tree City

Last week Park City and several towns on the East Side celebrated earning Tree City USA status and honoring Arbor Day. Jason Barto, a certified arborist, asked the Summit County Council on Wednesday if it would consider participating in the program.

Requirements to achieve the status include establishing a tree board, passing a shade tree ordinance, celebrate Arbor Day and spending at least $2 per capita on tree care something most communities do anyway, he said.

Barto also asked the County Council to consider establishing a nursery to help young trees acclimate to high elevation winters before planting.

Council member Sally Elliott said she has participated in the Tree City USA program numerous times in other locales she has lived. Council chair Chris Robinson asked Barto to submit a proposal in writing the council could consider.

Miss Billie’s name preferred over Coleman

Summit County Councilor Sally Elliott announced on Wednesday that overwhelming public input was insisting that community gardens being planned on the site where Miss Billie’s Day Care was located be named after her. Heretofore the site has been referred to as the Coleman property, named after the owners who sold it to the county. Elliott asked that all legal documents be changed to refer to it as the Miss Billie’s site.

Renovations to Basin library planned

Summit County Councilor John Hanrahan reported that the Library Board is planning a major renovation to the Kimball Junction branch of the county library in the Sheldon Richins Building next year.

Promontory to build clubhouse

The Summit County Council unanimously approved the golf community Promontory east of Silver Summit to build a new clubhouse to be called "The Shed." The project will require a quarter acre of additional parking space.

"The Shed" is planned to be 15,000 square feet and include bowling lanes, a theater stage, a kitchen, dining areas and other amenities for Promontory members.

New faces for Library and Weed Boards

The Summit County Council on Wednesday approved the reappointment of Michelle Williams and Dennis Lyons to four-year terms on the Library Board. Re Nee Daines was appointed to the board for the first time.

Kay O’Brien was appointed to replace Lance Stephens on the Weed Board. O’Brien’s term ends Nov. 30, 2013.


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