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County commission supports Constellation

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Box Elder County Commissioners made their support of NASA’s Constellation program official this morning, approving a letter of support for the program to be written and sent to Washington, D.C.

Commissioners say the program not only provides jobs in Box Elder County, but it also helps the United States in the areas of space exploration and national defense.

“The fact that our county is dependent on this program for our economic well being and the company that is involved in that (ATK), I think it’s important that this county supports this letter and gets it back to Washington so they know we’re concerned about this topic,” Commissioner Brian Shaffer said.

In other news, county commissioners again discussed the proposed contract with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve areas in Hansel Valley and Blue Creek and detailed some of the changes that were made.

Shaffer said the contract was reviewed by attorneys and now included language that said the county would manage the construction contracts, but enter into sub-agreements with special service districts in the area to maintain those areas after the construction work is complete. Commissioners unanimously approved the contract, which was met with approval by area landowners in attendance.

“It’s a great benefit not only for the landowners, but for Box Elder County as well,” landowner Carl Roberts said. “I appreciate the efforts of all who have been working towards it.”

Also during the meeting, commissioners reappointed Jay Christensen and Laurie Munns to the Box Elder County Planning Commission for a three-year term. The pair were appointed to replace retired members of the planning commission last year, and both wanted to extend their appointments. Commissioners approved the extensions for both individuals.


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