A representative from a Salt Lake development and consulting firm who says he was authorized to do $20,000 worth of lobbying for the Utah County Council of Governments was outnumbered Thursday night - five memories to one.
David G. Yurth, representing Ecometrix Corp., appeared before the council to request payment of $16,000 - his second request in as many months. The amount, he said, represents 80 percent of the $20,000 worth of work the Council of Governments authorized his firm to undertake in drafting, sponsoring, promoting and lobbying for SB77, the Utah Lake Authority Act of 1989.The bill, which never made it out of committee during the 1989 legislative session, would have established a lake authority to oversee the establishment and coordination of programs to develop land around Utah Lake.
The Council of Governments is expected to make a motion on Yurth's request during next month's meeting.
Yurth says the council, during its Jan. 5 meeting, unanimously authorized Ecometrix to proceed on the council's behalf and that it made a motion to fund his firm's efforts with $20,000 in proceeds from the sale of a dredge.
But County Commissioner Sid Sandberg and four members of the Council of Governments, comprising mayors from throughout the county, remember otherwise.
Lehi Mayor George Tripp said he was amazed when he learned of the $16,000 bill, which was accompanied by a letter stating that the firm actually had spent much more in lobbying for SB77's passage.
"I, at no time, heard anything like that," Trip said in reference to Yurth's claims regarding the Jan. 5 meeting.