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.

Other features on Mr. Brough include:

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While COVID-19 was the major topic for the Summit County Council last week, they also looked at such items as financial aid for the county, tax rates—and the county’s profile on TV.

 

At its July 1 meeting, the Council heard a presentation on the Rural County Grant program started by the Utah State Legislature this year. Councilor Kim Carson said there have been several different programs set up in the past to help diversify the economy in rural areas and that the county is examining its own initiatives.

 

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Summit County officials say they’re excited that the community has stepped up and has complied with their Mandatory mask order.

 

The mask order went into effect on June 27. Summit County Health Director Bullough said that almost overnight the county saw widespread compliance, even with businesses where customers had complained for months that masks were not being worn.

 

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At its last meeting on July 1, the Summit County Council heard from a critic who said the focus of their COVID-19 strategy is wrong.

 

The county’s order requiring masks in public places went into effect on June 27.

 

Before the Council voted on July 1 to modify portions of the order, they heard from Todd Follmer, a 14-year resident of Park City who said the county has taken the wrong approach.

 

Summit County

The Summit County Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve amendments for the county’s mandatory mask order.

Among the changes to the order are a requirement for children ages 2 to 12 to wear face coverings and an appeal process for individuals and businesses who can't comply with the order as written or can mitigate virus spread without them. 

County Health Director Rich Bullough said the goal is to keep businesses open and let citizens carry on some semblance of normal life — albeit with a mask.

 

Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain Resort is reopening for a summer season on Thursday, July 2 — about three and a half months after it closed down on March 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

The resort’s chief operating officer, Mike Goar, said it will be offering a resort experience—but also focusing on safety for their staff and guests.

 

Goar told KPCW that opening for the summer and preparing for the winter to come in the face of a pandemic is something he’s never experienced in his career.

 

Park City School District

The Park City School District and its teachers, represented by the Park City Education Association, have announced that they’ve come to an agreement on a three-year contract.

 

According to a release, the Park City School Board approved the “Licensed Professional Agreement” unanimously at their meeting on June 16. 

 

The agreement, pending ratification by the members of the PCEA, is approved from June 1 of this year to the end of June 2023.

 

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Park City Municipal has announced plans to build a new Park City Senior Center across from the Park City Library, along Park Avenue. 

 

If the plan is supported by the community’s seniors and other stakeholders, the city would begin construction next spring and plan to finish by the fall of 2021.

 

The city aims to relocate the current Senior Center, which sits on a parcel in the 1300 block between Park Avenue and Woodside that is planned for an affordable housing development.

 

As we’ve reported, Summit County has called for a mandatory mask order.

Even before the news became official, there was reaction from the local business community.

Park City Chamber/Bureau Director Bill Malone said he’s looked at several communities to see how they’re dealing with the debate over masks.

He conducted an informal poll, and heard some different reactions from local business people.      

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Looking ahead to the summer tourist season, Park City Chamber/Bureau Director Bill Malone says it’s not a pretty picture.

Meanwhile, the picture is unclear for the winter, as resorts try to figure out how to put on a ski season with Covid precautions.  

Malone said in terms of the reservations they’re seeing this summer, occupancy is down to about 10 percent.

The visitors they are seeing, he said, are making their vacation plans suddenly.     

KPCW

As the Utah Legislature recently met in special session, relooking at the state’s budget after only three months, a major question for the Park City Chamber/Bureau was the state’s tourism marketing dollars.

Chamber Director Bill Malone brought us up to speed in his latest visit with KPCW.        

Malone said the actions of the lawmakers left the tourism dollars pretty much at the same level—some $24 million.      

Dakota Pacific

The Snyderville Planning Commission, hosting their first public hearing for the large Dakota Pacific proposal at Kimball Junction, heard from speakers mostly critical of the plan.

A number of them urged the Snyderville Commisisoners to recommend a denial.   They argued the project will accelerate growth in the  area, and said the county can do better with a large, important piece of property at the entryway to Park City.

After months of discussion, the Snyderville Planning Commission Tuesday night denied a Conditional Use Permit to convert the former Colby School Building into a Bed and Breakfast.  

The applicants for the Colby site proposed to turn the building into a B and B for eight guests plus a kitchen.

But Planning Commissioners struggled over several meetings with a requirement saying that for the business to be considered a Bed and Breakfast, it has to be an owner-occupied residence.

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The East Side Planning Commission, at their last meeting, got an update on the study process that’s been underway for over a year, on the Cedar Crest Village Overlay plan in Hoytsville.

The East Side Planning Commissioners involved in the study are generally supportive of the plan.

In April of last year, 27 property owners, holding a combined 1100 acres around Hoytsville, submitted a Village Overlay application.    The following month, the County Council approved an Overlay Study Area and appointed seven of the owners to a committee.

Park City Institute

The Park City Institute, like many other non-profits in recent months, had to deal with cancelled events and hard choices.    But  they had some good news on another front.

The new Institute Director, Ari Ioannides, officially took over his position on March 1st—pretty bad timing, he admitted, on the verge of the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdowns.

Since then, he’s had to cancel their summer series, and events such as Saints and Sinners.   But on the bright side, he was able to get the Institute’s financial house in order during the early months of the year.    

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Members of the East County Planning Commission showed some mixed feelings, in their latest discussion about a proposed 200-unit project off Highway 248, with affordable or attainable housing.

The planners, looking at the Whisper Ridge proposal on June 18th, were concerned about the project’s location,  impact on traffic, and whether the units will be affordable for residents on the East Side.

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