New toll booth needed to cover costs of visitors to reservoir, mayor says

By Michael Anderson

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, July 3 2014 2:50 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014 2:59 p.m. MDT

A new toll booth near Pineview Reservoir is surprising some people. Town leaders in Huntsville say it was necessary to help pay for road wear, garbage pickup and sanitation. Visitors paying the $5 toll Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Michael Anderson, Deseret News

HUNTSVILLE, Weber County — A trip to Pineview Reservoir may now cost vacationers an additional $5.

A new toll booth began operating last week on 100 S. 6800 West in Huntsville. The road is commonly used to access the lake at Cemetery Point. Toll booth worker Leslie Roylance said most drivers are understanding, but some are not.

"Some will say, 'Well, we're not coming back again,' you know, or some are just disappointed that it's up," Roylance said.

City leaders said the additional fees will help cover road maintenance, garbage cleanup, a parking enforcement officer and additional portable toilets.

"We're pretty much under siege in this quaint little town," Huntsville Mayor Jim Truett said. "Anywhere between 30,000 and 40,000 vehicles come through that toll between Memorial Day and Labor Day."

Nearby homeowners say they've had to pick up much of the garbage left behind on their own.

"It's just frustrating that people can't haul their own trash out," Jenna Holt said. "Sometimes in the fall, we'll get three big garbage bags."

Just a couple of miles down the road from Huntsville's new toll booth is another private booth run by American Land & Leisure. The company used to collect $13, reserving $1 for city expenses, but the two entities recently failed to agree on a new contract. A company representative said there were some disagreements on how much is needed for road maintenance costs. Both sides, however, said the new toll booth isn't set in stone. Contract negations are still ongoing.

"We didn't want to put this toll up," Truett said, "but we had no choice."

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