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GRAND SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR ROAD DISTRICT BOARD

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Applications will be accepted through Friday for an opening on the Grand County Special Service Road District control board.

Grand County commissioners began advertising for new applicants Thursday after receiving a letter of resignation from John "Dutch" Zimmerman, one of the original three board members appointed when the district was formed last fall.Zimmerman notified the road board and district office of his resignation by letter last week.

"I regret having to do this, but in all fairness to the board it is best I do since my work seems to keep me away from Grand County," he wrote.

The special service district is working on a major road project that would link Moab and Vernal through the Book Cliffs along a route the state plans to eventually include as part of the federal highway system.

Zimmerman maintains a second home in Salt Lake City where he recently remarried. He also operates a well-drilling service which requires his presence on-site at jobs throughout the state.

Records show Zimmerman had missed five of 15 meetings called by the board since late November, including regular sessions for March, April, July and August.

"Generally because of business, he was unavoidably detained," said district secretary JoEllen Haught.

Zimmerman had been criticized for taking a board seat because of his part-time Moab residency.

A former county commissioner, Zimmerman had also been criticized because of voting with two other commissioners to appoint himself to the board just after being defeated for re-election. He had said too few qualified people had applied.

Zimmerman supported expansion of the board, which added two new members last month.

County commissioners decided Tuesday to have the road board review the applications in special session or at its next regular meeting Oct. 21 and to recommend three applicants.

Commissioners plan to make the new appointment during their regular meeting Oct. 23. Those who applied last month must reapply to be considered, the commission said.