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WB So Marina cleaning station

Here's the real deal - straight from the Park Manager on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.


The South Marina has been unusable during the 2016 season thus far this year. In order to understand why it has not been repaired this year, one must go back to 2015 when a request to replace the station at the South Marina was submitted. It even got approved by the DWR HQ in 2015. When it was discovered that the existing station was non-functional this year (2016) the powers to be decided it would be a misuse of funds to repair it since it was due to be replaced. However, the wheels of the bureaucratic process that the State of Utah requires to implement an approved budgetary item turn very, very, VERY slowly.

In fact, they are still turning on the item and it is anybody's guess as to WHEN the last 'I' is dotted and the last 'T' is crossed. But rest assured fellow fishing persons, the item HAS been approved and will be installed - some day. The Park Manager is every bit as frustrated as you and I are with the fact that it hasn't been completed yet, but the decision process to make it happen is way, WAY above his pay grade.

We are 100%, totally at the mercy of the pencil pushers at the top of the food chain at Parks & Rec HQ. I would encourage each and every person who uses the South Marina for fishing to write to the Parks Department. Here is a link to the portal that will allow you to send them an email: Parks email link.
Here is a copy of the email I sent to them:

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I talked with Officer Morgan at Willard Bay State Park yesterday concerning the replacement of the fish cleaning station at the Willard Bay State Park South Marina. It has been closed for the entire 2016 fishing season to date. Officer Morgan explained to me that the replacement request for this equipment was approved in 2015; and yet, here we are with the 2016 season almost done and your customers are still without a viable means to clean their catch of the day at the South Marina.

As a very frequent visitor to this facility (I live in Hooper – Weber County), I am very, VERY disappointed with the obscene amount of time it is taking to complete what most folks would consider a very minor project. Can somebody – ANYBODY – explain to us laypeople exactly why this minor project is taking forever too complete? Seriously, if I ran a commercial business the way the Parks department is being run, I would be out of business rather quickly.
If there is an explanation for the delay in completing this project, we fisher people would very much like to hear it. Thank you; I would appreciate a response at your earliest convenience. I called the main Parks office last Monday and left a voice mail with the lady that the operator told me was the person with the answers on this project. It’s been 4 days and I have not received a return phone call from her. I hope you do better responding to this email.
And for whatever good it might do, I also wrote to The Friends of Utah State Parks.



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Bob Hicks, from Utah
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Re: [dubob] WB So Marina cleaning station In reply to
Sounds like a long marriage...paying more and more for less and less.

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Last year while in northern Cali I saw a cleaning station where it had running water only. All the fish parts were put into bins and then used by the locals to put into crab traps. I like our cleaning stations. I just wish those that use them would take and not destroy them first before they learned how to use them. Hopefully this one. Will be replaced soon and the north marina one will be repaired soon.

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And now, the rest of the story. . . In reply to
Through the interaction of The Friends of Utah State Parks association, this issue has been elevated to the Parks Director, Mr. Fred Hayes. Mr. Hayes talked with the Willard Bay Park Manager and was told essentially the same thing I've already reported with a couple of minor clarifications.


The Willard Bay Park Manager was informed in January 2016 that Willard Bay would be getting a new fish cleaning station. So when the Park looked to open the one at the South Marina it was broken and in need of repair. With the Park scheduled to get a new one it was determined that it wasn't worth fixing the old machine with the high cost estimated for the repair. It took Parks and Rec until August 2nd to tell Willard Bay that they were ok to order the machine. The machine is now on order and Willard Bay is waiting for installation at this point.


The Park Manager admitted he had dropped the ball on this and should have gotten a better timeline on getting the new machine in before giving up on the old one. The Park is expecting the new station to be delivered in approximately a week and they just need to schedule the installation.


The Park Manager understands the inconvenience that was created by not fixing the old fish cleaning station and agrees that it should not have happened. The Parks Director believes they should have done a better job of communicating between the purchasing/construction folks and the Park, and should have done a better job at establishing timelines and making sure there was not an unacceptable delay between the usability of the old station and the installation of the new one. The Parks Director apologized for that inconvenience and will share this experience with his other park managers in an effort to avoid a similar situation in the future.


He ended by thanking me for bringing this to his attention. And just to set the record straight, there was never any harsh language used, stones cast, or attitude given by me or any of the parties involved with the discussion. There were questions asked in a civil manner, answers given in a like manner, and appreciation shown by all parties involved. And while it is almost too late to do us any good for this season, it does look like the Willard Bay South Marina will be getting a new fish cleaning station in the near future. And that, IMHO, is a good thing.


Thanks for following along on this short journey and may all of you be blessed with tight lines. Life is good.

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Bob Hicks, from Utah
I'm 76 years young and going as hard as I can for as long as I can.
“Free men don't ask permission to bear arms.” - Glen Aldrich
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” - Dr. Seuss