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Here’s what’s on the Summit County Council agenda for Wednesday, Feb. 2


The Summit County Council is holding a regular meeting Wednesday, Feb. 2, with the public portion set to start at 2:25 p.m. — though the agenda makes clear the advertised times are approximate.

The council is scheduled to meet first in a closed session at 1:00 p.m.

The agenda item that might draw the most interest is an hourlong discussion about the county’s $50 million open space bond.

Voters approved the borrowing in November, and now the county has a slew of questions to answer. It must decide when to borrow the money, how much to borrow, what to spend it on — and how to make those decisions.

The bond was promoted as a way of protecting land from development, especially in the Kamas Valley. Officials have discussed possible uses for the money including purchasing land outright and helping to finance conservation easements.

The discussion is scheduled to begin at 3:35 p.m. and be led by the county’s public lands manager and finance director.

Another significant discussion, though one that might be less obviously compelling, is the council’s consideration of the 2022 work plan. County Manager Tom Fisher submits the plan each year after coordinating with department heads to offer a list of projects the county can deliver in a calendar year.

This year’s list is more conservative than in years past, according to the report accompanying the agenda. Fisher said that’s because of the ongoing pandemic and challenging labor market, among other factors.

The council is also scheduled to discuss several other items, including an update from the Legislature’s general session.

The meeting is to be held virtually and can be attended via Zoom or on the county’s Facebook page. The agenda also lists the Ledges Event Center, 202 East Park Rd. in Coalville, as the meeting's "anchor location." Residents hoping to discuss an issue with the council are encouraged to do so via Zoom during the public input portion of the meeting, which is scheduled at 6 p.m.

Comments may be about anything that’s not on the meeting’s agenda and isn’t the subject of a pending land-use application. The county posts a list of public comment instructions that asks would-be commenters to register for the Zoom meeting using their full first and last names and to click the “Raise Hand” button when they want to comment.

Comments can also be submitted in writing by emailing publiccomments@summitcounty.org. The deadline to submit written comments is noon on Wednesday.