Rick Brough

Summit County Reporter

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covers Summit County meetings and issues. KPCW snagged him from The Park Record in the '80s, and he's been on air and covering the entire county ever since. He produces the Week In Review podcast, as well a heads the Friday Film Review team.

Rick is also a pop-culture savant (who would bury you in Trivial Pursuit), which makes him the perfect host for KPCW's weekend interview show of filmmakers, actors and critics during the Sundance Film Festival. Revealing his darker side, you can catch him every Friday afternoon with Randy Barton on The Local View discussing which celebrities passed on that week.

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It’s still in the discussion stage, but Summit County’s Library Board is looking at dropping fines for overdue books. Library Director Dan Compton says they’re thinking that the revenue they collect from small fines isn’t worth the staff effort put into it.

Compton said the fine-free system is being adopted by more and more libraries throughout the county.

He said that last year, the Summit County system collected about $11,000 in fines after putting in some 1,600 staff hours.

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It’s no surprise the Summit Cunty Council is focused on wildfire prevention this summer given the fires raging in the western United States, Utah and this week in Tollgate Canyon.

Council member Roger Armstrong said they need to keep educating neighborhood associations about measure like defensible space around homes. The Park City Fire Department offers a chipping program to help clear out the wood.

Armstrong said some associations have taken the bull by the horns.

A couple of weeks ago, county council member Roger Armstrong related the problems he had hooking onto the bus system from his home in Park Meadows.

He told fellow council members there needed to be a re-look at the transit system.

What he’s aiming at, he told KPCW this week, is getting the system to build from the advancements it’s made in recent years.

Armstrong told KPCW that his remarks weren’t motivated by an issue with Park City, the county’s partner in the area transit system.

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Park City will be buzzing this weekend with its long-standing August tradition, the Kimball Arts Festival.

Park City Special Events Manager, Jenny Diersen, is urging everyone to walk, bike or use public transit to get around.

But she also had details on parking in the Main Street area—and some notes on non-Arts events this weekend.

As of Friday, parking spaces are closed for Main Street, Heber Avenue, Swede Alley and the parking areas along Swede. Diersen, though, had these details on the parking garage.

Summit County Council members noted on Wednesday that, while the Tollgate Canyon Fire was bad news--it could have been worse.

They said the fire is a reminder that the county, and local neighborhoods, need to prepare for fires in areas that are more heavily populated and that are heavily forested.

County Council members, and County Manager Tom Fisher said that this week's fire-- and the Rockport fire of 2013-- were in sagebrush. Chris Robinson said it's only a matter of time before they have a catastrophe that poses a substantial threat to property and possibly even lives.

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The Summit County Fair is back, August 4th to the 11th--with the usual attractions and showing off an improved fairground to boot.

Fair director Travis English said the event kicks off on Saturday the 4th with the very popular Demolition Derby, which has been sold out for a few weeks now.

The county has completed the first phase of improvements to the fairgrounds at Coalville City Park, with $5 million of upgrades, including the new Ledges Events Center.

A state-wide mandate is calling for clean-ups of nutrients or phosphorous to be undertaken on water treatment plants or bodies of water.

But reportedly, some legislators are concerned about the costs, and might act to limit the efforts.

Over at the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District, director Mike Luers says the costs are reasonable, and the problem needs solving.

Luers told KPCW that treatment should be undertaken now. If the state's water plants wait until a train wreck occurs, the costs will be a lot worse.

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Taxes and the county's water district are among the miscellaneous topics for the Summit County Council Wednesday.

The Council meets at the Coalville Courthouse. At about 4:30, they will get a briefing from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District which is proposing a tax increase.

County Manager Tom Fisher said this doesn't impact many of their citizens. The boundaries of the Central Utah District only include the southern end of the county.

The activity over the past week for Summit County Sheriff deputies included a reported fraud case--and multiple instances of some unwanted visitors to residences and a business.

Last week, the Sheriff's Department received a complaint from an Ogden resident. After living with family for a year, she said she bought a residence in Roy, and was attempting to transfer the utility account she had been paying from her old residence to her new house.

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As part of their regular agenda on Wednesday, the Summit County Council will be looking at how the Promontory development will satisfy its employee housing obligation.

The council, meeting in the Coalville Courthouse will consider the item as part of the their 5:00 pm agenda.

Under the Promontory Development Agreement of 2001, the project was called upon to do 37 households of employee housing. County Manager Tom Fisher said that comes to a little over 80 beds or bedrooms.

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