Davis County's weed-control department will stay in its specially constructed building in Kaysville and not be moved into the county's road-shop complex, county commissioners agreed this week.
Commissioner William "Dub" Lawrence, who oversees the two departments, opposed a plan under study since last fall to move the weed-control department into the road shop complex in Fruit Heights.The weed-control building would have been converted to a headquarters and office space for the county's undercover drug strike force.
Lawrence said Monday at the County Commission meeting that the first steps to carry out the proposed move had already been made last fall, before he took office in January.
After studying the two operations, Lawrence said he opposes moving the weed- control workers out of their building, which was constructed especially to meet the department's specific needs.
The building has inside catch basins to recapture herbicides and other chemicals that are washed out of the trucks, along with other necessary safety features, Lawrence said.
The department at one time was housed in the road-shop complex but was moved at the suggestion of the County Health Department because of environmental concerns, Lawrence said, including herbicide and toxic-chemical pollution of fields and orchards below the shops.
Lawrence also expressed concern about the county's road salt stockpile in the shops at 1500 E. Sixth North, adjacent to the county animal-control shelter on the bench above U.S. 89 in Fruit Heights.
Runoff from the salt pile could be polluting orchards and pasture land below the road shop, Lawrence said. Fruit Heights City Manager Belva Provost, however, said the city has never received any complaints from property owners about the salt pile.
Lawrence urged that any potential drainage or pollution problem from the shops complex be put high on the county's priority list. Fellow commissioners William Peters and Gayle Stevenson advised Lawrence to draft some proposed solutions to the problem, since he is in charge of the department.
Deputy County Attorney Gerald Hess advised the commission to determine if the salt pile is a potential liability for the county and, if so, take immediate steps to remedy the problem.
He also suggested the commissioners have the weed-control department's building and procedures checked to ensure compliance with new, tougher Environmental Protection Agency standards for handling chemicals.