Council approves pair of projects for block grants

The Fallon City Council has approved a Kaiser Street construction project for a community development block grant.

The Fallon City Council has approved a Kaiser Street construction project for a community development block grant.
Sara Dowling | NNG

The Fallon City Council has approved two construction projects for submittal to the community development block grant program. The council also approved one cabaret license application and tabled one cabaret license application at its February meeting.

The council approved a proposal presented by City Engineer Derek Zimney for submittal to the CDBG program for possible funding. If it’s accepted, then Kaiser Street would receive a reconstruction from the east side of Golden Gate Petroleum to Allen Road. The intended improvements would include a heavier road section for the increased truck traffic from Golden Gate and also new sidewalk and pedestrian ramps compliant with the American Disability Act.

Laura Mills Park also was included in this proposal. The damaged asphalt circle pathway in the middle of the park would be demolished and then either replaced with new asphalt or exchanged for concrete. If the park is approved for CDBG funding, the council discussed the possibility of using city funds for additional improvements to the park that could happen at the same time.

On other city council action, Terry Smith of Stockman’s Casino and Johan Luis Vera Resendiz of Greenwave Sports Bar each applied for a cabaret license for a single performer.

Mayor Ken Tedford and Councilwoman Karla Kent led the questions to determine whether the business representatives understood the limitations and requirements of the license. Anyone under 21 years of age is not allowed to loiter near a bar or cabaret performance area. The council emphasized that these requirements are intended to protect minors.

The map attached to Smith’s application was unclear whether a minor would be in the same area as the cabaret performance. The casino does have several entrances. Smith explained the cabaret area in Stockman’s Casino is currently defined by a large carpet and will soon have a small riser. He reassured the council that minors will not be able to loiter and listen to the music even when on the way to either dining area with a parent or guardian. The application was approved.

After several minutes of questioning, Greenwave Sports Bar’s application was tabled because Resendiz would like to have some family events within the establishment. After examining the map of the premises, Tedford said the area was wide open and didn't divide the bar from the dining area in any way. He suggested they work with Zimney to create some kind of partition and separate entrance before the council can reassess his application.

During a special session Feb. 10, the council re-evaluated the city’s participation in the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems Carbon Free Power Project. UAMPS is a joint action agency that provides comprehensive wholesale electric energy, on a nonprofit basis, to community-owned power systems throughout the Intermountain West.

Tedford, Councilman Paul Harmon and Councilwoman Kelly Frost all said they felt it was a good program. Tedford added it is “a source of stable power for our citizens.”

The council voted unanimously to continue in the program, although the exact percentage of the city’s share won’t be determined until the other CFPP members make their respective decisions.

At the time of the meeting, more than half of the members had agreed to move forward with the project this year.


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