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Summit County Council Looks At A Few Items In North Summit Area

The agenda for the Summit County Council on Wednesday dealt with a variety of items related to the North Summit area.

The council looked at a formal Resolution for the North Summit Recreation District to propose a tax levy on the ballot in November.

Council member Doug Clyde said they didn’t approve the Resolution at this point because, paradoxically, they support the new tax.

“The resolution will be approved probably in about two months. It was set up for approval but does not need to be approved until roughly 90 days before the election. The reason why we didn't approve it is because once we approve the resolution, we can then no longer advocate for it. We are advocates for it. We are in step with North Summit Rec and sincerely hope that this bond goes through.”

He said the proposed levy is very important for North Summit.

“North Summit Rec is the only district or entity of its kind that is still receiving supplements from the County that is otherwise not either providing or getting the revenue from the tax base. For example what Basin Rec does, we pay taxes to Basin Rec. So, it's time for the citizens of North Summit to step up and say yes we value the recreation that is being provided by North Summit Recreation for our children.”

On another topic, the council got an update on Utah State Parks’ management of the Echo and Rockport Reservoirs.

“In Rockport they’re just doing some upgrades. They’re improving some bathroom facilities a few things like that. In Echo they're doing a complete redo of the camping facility there. So those projects are underway. They’re also doing rail trail improvements and repair and maintenance on the rail trail. Those things of course are near and dear to our heart as well. So we're pleased with what state is doing.”

Finally, in Public Comment the Council heard, again, from a local student urging them to pass a plastic bag ban—for one reason, the student said, because pollution from the Three Mile landfill could affect Rockport.

Clyde said they are going to talk soon about plastic bags, but he took issue with the reference to the reservoir.

“We’re concerned with all things having to do with water quality. There was a little bit of a misnomer stated by the gentleman who spoke last night. I think he indicated that contaminated water from the dump was flowing into Rockport. That that is not the case, we monitor the groundwater out there. We do not have a problem with leachate from the dump going into Rockport. Now, is that a concern? absolutely it's a concern. It's our responsibility to make sure that the dump is not leaching.”

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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