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Summit County Council Thanks Various Employees During County Government Month

The Summit County Council has a pretty light agenda for their regular session on Wednesday

The council will meet at the Coalville Courthouse.

At about 4:30 pm they will consider granting a Property Tax Exemption for Intermountain Healthcare Services, for their parcel near Quinn’s Junction that will be the new location for Peace House.

Shortly after that, the council, as part of county government month, is bestowing recognition on 18 county employees and staffers in the DMV office.

County Manager Tom Fisher said this is the first year they’ve extended kudos to so many employees.

“We did feature some employees last year during County government month but kind of concentrated more on department's in offices to make the public more familiar with what we do," Fisher said. "This was just a little slightly different method to highlight both what individuals contribute to County government, but also what they do within their job title in order to provides services to our citizens. A lot of times some of these folks are very humble and don't necessarily want to speak in front of everybody, but we've written up something on each of them. They'll get a certificate with that, as well as they've been featured on our Facebook posts over the month and with some very good detail on what they provided the County.”

The Council will also approve a Proclamation declaring that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Related to that, the county is moving forward after its approval of University of Utah Health Services as its Mental Health and Substance Abuse provider.

Fisher said in the next four months, the University of Utah will be negotiating a transition with the previous provider, Valley Behavioral Health.

“Of course, the state Department that regulates Medicaid funding towards mental health services, as well as our health Department folks will be involved in that," Fisher explained. "So that's what's going to happen over this four-month period. Of course, contract negotiations within that as well now that there's a selected provider.”

Finally, the council will officially declare that the County Assessor office is vacant. Steve Martin resigned as of April 30th. Travis Lewis is the interim Assessor.

Martin served as a Democrat, so following the usual procedure, the local party has a set time to submit a name or names to the council for a replacement to serve out the rest of Martin’s term.

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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