UTA board gives conditional OK for sale of Clearfield property for assembly plant

Alex Goodlett, Deseret News

FILE – UTA Board of Trustees member Charles Henderson takes a photo of a site being developed outside the Clearfield Frontrunner Station on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.Utah Transit Authority trustees gave conditional approval Wednesday to the sale of property at the Clearfield FrontRunner station for an assembly plant despite concerns about a former board member’s ties to the project.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Transit Authority trustees gave conditional approval Wednesday to the sale of property at the Clearfield FrontRunner station for an assembly plant despite concerns about a former board member’s ties to the project.

“I think we just have to realize the taint is going to be there in the P.R. sense. You can clarify it all you want. You can disclose it all you want,” trustee Greg Bell, a former lieutenant governor, told the UTA board.

Two members of the board, Babs De Lay and Brent Taylor, voted against going forward with the sale of some 28 acres at the station to the city of Clearfield for the Swiss-owned Stadler Rail plant as long as certain conditions are met.

Jayme Blakesley, UTA general counsel, told the board he contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah, which is currently investigating transit development projects and other issues, about the former trustee, Sheldon Killpack.

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