At the Grand County Commission meeting on July 6, the commission approved a lengthy consent agenda, which included a letter to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee asking that Congress, in any new infrastructure legislation, include a clause prohibiting funds in the bill from being used towards construction of the Book Cliffs Highway.

“For over 30 years, fossil fuel advocates have pushed to build a 35-mile highway through the remote Book Cliffs region of Grand County, Utah. Citizens and elected officials from Grand County have consistently (and successfully) opposed the highway, but the battle seems never-ending and highway advocates only have to win once,” the letter reads. “Please don’t allow federal infrastructure funding to be used to facilitate dirty fossil fuel development which harms almost everyone and benefits only a very few.”

The consent agenda also included an agreement between law enforcement agencies of Grand County and the Manti-La Sal National Forest. The forest will pay the Grand County Sheriff’s office up to $5,000 for patrolling popular areas within the forest.

Another item of interest on the consent agenda was a letter from the commission supporting Castle Valley’s application to the International Dark-Sky Association to become a recognized International Dark Sky Community.

The Grand County Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m. Meetings are streamed online at the Grand County Youtube channel. Schedules, agendas and opportunities for public comment can be found at Residents can email to automatically reach each County Commission member, the commission administrator, the associate commission administrator, and the county attorney.