Juab County Commissioners have agreed to support an exchange of school trust lands at the Little Sahara Sand Dunes that would allow Millard County to build a large industrial park near the Millard-Juab County line in the West Desert.
The location would have benefits for Juab, such as jobs.Commissioners had been reluctant to support the exchange, thinking perhaps, an exchange would cut the chances Juab County might have of using the property to a greater advantage.
Commissioner Gordon Young said the land exchange should be allowed. "I hate to stop progress," he said.
Commission Chairman Joseph Bernini and Commissioner Ike Lunt agreed.
In December 1993, Robyn Pearson, Millard County administrator, told Juab commissioners the state and the Bureau of Land Management, which operates the Little Sahara site, favored the deal.
Commissioners agreed to cooperate after initially dragging their feet. They had hoped the 20,000-acre development might be expanded to cross the Juab and Millard county border in the area near Intermountain Power Plant in the West Desert area.
BLM would like to swap four or so state sections in the Little Sahara Sand Dunes. "Those sections are of little use, tied up as they are," said Pearson.
Other lands that could be traded are in the Fish Springs area of Juab County, at Clear Lake and in the wilderness study area along the House Range.
Pearson said, however, the development could not be expanded into Juab County. Geographically, he said, such an expansion would not be possible.
"We have natural gas, roads, rail service, water, telephone service and electric power for the development," said Pearson. "We want the area for large industry to locate."
School sections tied up in a recreation area could be put to more use if they were traded. Such sections would earn more money for the schools.