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Chris Robinson To Represent Summit County In The Central Wasatch Commission

Mountain Accord

The Summit County Council on Wednesday approved the next step the county is taking in its role with the Central Wasatch Commission.

As we reported, the Central Wasatch Commission approved a seat at the table for Park City, and is allowing the county a position as the Wasatch Back representative.

Given that, as council member Chris Robinson noted, they modified an interlocal agreement they had with Park City, which previously governed their joint representation on the commission.

“Now that Park City has a seat, instead of having a rotating seat every two years between Park City and Summit County the Wasatch Back seat will be designated for a Summit County appointee only and Park City will have its own appointee. So long as Park City is a member of the commission in its own right then that will be the case. The interlocal amendment provides that should that cease to be the case then we’ll go back to the old alternating method.”

The council also approved Robinson, as the Wasatch Back representative. There were only three council members on hand this week, and Robinson wound up seconding his own nomination.

Robinson said when the Accord was founded four years ago, several stakeholders on both sides of the Wasatch mountains came together on a formal agreement to plan the region.

Now, he said, the Central Wasatch Commission has the job of implementing that agreement.

Robinson, who’s been involved with the Accord from the beginning, talked about what the county has at stake.

“I think the county arguably is somewhat tangential to the heart of the accord but there are certain elements that are of importance to the county including making sure that the federal designation improves lands in the county. There’s about 1,000 acres in the monitors that is forest service land. Also watershed issues, transportation issues I think it also gives us a chance, more regionally, to know the players in Salt Lake County and some of the municipalities and federal agencies.”

Wasatch County and Heber are not involved with the Accord. Robinson said that was their choice.

“Early on Wasatch County was part of the Mountain Accord collaboration. They elected to discontinue that. Just as Park City and the town of Alta and others have sought membership in the commission they would have the ability to do that. I think they would have a good nexus to do that they would meet the protocol that was established by the commission for adding members just as Park City did. I don’t know their thinking on why they’re not involved. (…) Salt Lake, Summit and Wasatch counties have their overlap, their point of connection at the top of the Wasatch there. They certainly could be involved.”

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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