The Uintah County Commissioners took time during their Monday meeting to report to the citizens of the county and share their vision for 2017. Commissioner Mike McKee expanded on “fairly significant projects” currently underway aimed at diversifying the economy including an upgrader in the Leland Bench area and another on SITLA land near Buckskin Hills. “We believe there is a really good opportunity to diversify the economy, create jobs, and I believe change the Uintah Basin in a very positive way,” shared McKee, who also gave an update on the county flood plan, upcoming legislative interests, public lands, and working with the Trump administration to peel back the hyper-regulations of the last 8 years. Commissioner Bill Stringer began by emphasizing the obligation he strongly feels to ensure that the county is careful in its planning and spending. “I have a lot of faith in the county to weather the storm and come back…,” shares Stringer, “but I want to be sure that we as county government understands that [taxpayers] are the ones we need to look out for because [they] are the ones powering this economy.” Commissioner Stringer also emphasized efforts in recreation, working with Grand County on a Seep Ridge Road extension and taking advantage of changes available with the Trump administration now in place. Commissioner Brad Horrocks simply emphasized his experience in business and that he is excited to be part of the Uintah County Commission.