Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 28, 2017
An ‘alarming development’

Dear Tooele City Mayor Patrick Dunlavy:

We, the undersigned employees and tenants of Utah Motorsports Campus, are aware of your letter dated Feb. 2, 2017 addressed to the Tooele County Commission that threatens to terminate wastewater treatment services to the Deseret Peak Complex and UMC.

This is an alarming development, and we would like to make two points about this potential decision:

A. The loss of wastewater treatment services will force the cessation of business at UMC. If this should occur, a total of 41 UMC jobs will be lost. Nineteen of these employees live in Tooele City, and nine live elsewhere in Tooele County. In addition, the 18 businesses that are located at UMC will be forced to close and move, costing additional jobs. Those affected and their friends and families, in addition to the thousands of spectators who attend events at UMC and do business in Tooele County, will not react favorably in upcoming elections. In addition, the closure of UMC will result in a drastic reduction in the value of the facility, which will negatively impact all local governments, businesses and citizens.

B. The public airing of these disagreements between Tooele City, Grantsville City and Tooele County creates a perception that local governments cannot or will not work together agreeably for the benefit of all county businesses and residents. We are very concerned that our parent company will not look favorably on these recent developments and will completely withdraw from any future involvement with UMC, either in a management capacity or in a potential ownership capacity. We find it hard to believe that Tooele City, Grantsville City and Tooele County cannot see the benefit in having an international Fortune 500 company, a multi-national auto manufacturer (Geely/Volvo) with an interest in investing millions of dollars into this facility and possibly other new projects, involved in UMC.

We urge you, in the strongest terms possible, to rectify this situation immediately.

John Gardner

Utah Motorsports Campus


Editor’s note: The above letter was signed by 18 UMC employees who live in Tooele City, 3 UMC employees who live in Grantsville City, 4 UMC employees who live in Tooele County, and 18 UMC tenant businesses. Copies of the letter were also sent to Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall, the Tooele County Commission and the Tooele Transcript Bulletin.

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