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.

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Summit County

The Summit County Council will continue to work on revising the code for accessory buildings in the Snyderville Basin.

 

But on Wednesday, the council voted to change the moratorium that’s currently in place for those structures.

 

The council, by a 4 to 1 vote, changed its temporary zoning ordinance so it would exempt accessory structures of 5,000 square feet or less.

 

Councilor Chris Robinson noted that the moratorium was enacted in March and runs until September 10th.

Summit County

After months of discussion, the Summit County Council finally approved the proposed neighborhood mixed-use zone at its meeting on Wednesday.

 

The approval of the new zone occurred relatively quickly in the middle of the council’s long, busy agenda. The vote was 4 to 1 with a dissenting vote from Roger Armstrong.

 

The council also approved a master-planned development process to implement the zone.

 

Summit County

The threat of cyberattack is real, as Summit County discovered recently.

 

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher gave a brief report Wednesday to the County Council saying that the Mountain Regional Water District had sustained some electronic assaults in recent weeks.

 

“It was a small malware incident against a few of their computers in the office. It had no effect on any operation, or any safety situation with water delivery, or treatment of water.”

 

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Opposing attorneys for Summit County and the town of Hideout made oral arguments before a Fourth District Judge Monday. 

 

The hearing could determine the fate of Summit County’s lawsuit, asking the judge to strike down the Wasatch County town’s annexation into the Richardson Flat area near Park City last October.

 

The Summit County Board of Health heard Monday that local COVID-19 rates continue to improve with county now considered a “low transmission zone,” although health officials still urge unvaccinated citizens to get their shots.

 

Health Director Rich Bullough said he was pleased that the county has had zero reported cases in the last several days and only seven over the past two weeks, compared to the January peak of 435 14-day cases.

 

Summit County has recorded 165 hospitalizations and 13 deaths during the pandemic.

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Park City resident and Olympic gold medalist Jimmy Shea has been bound over for trial in August on sexual abuse charges.

 

Shea, who will be 53 years old on June 10, has been charged with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and two counts of sexual battery. The charges allege that he abused a young female he knew on three occasions during the year 2020.

 

The launch of the High Valley Transit District means that the Community Development Department of Summit County has been busy too.

 

For the time being, Development Director Pat Putt said, the transit district will operate from a temporary office trailer and will house its vehicles at the Ecker Hill Park and Ride.

 

Outlets Park City

A new proposal submitted to Summit County would bring significant change to the Outlets Park City near Kimball Junction – a new grocery store.

 

County Development Director Pat Putt said the mall’s owners want to tear down and rebuild a portion of the center including space for a 59,000-square-foot grocery store.

 

He said, however, that their application will have to change.

 

Basin Recreation

Keeping the Snyderville Basin trail system from being loved to death is still a challenge as representatives for Basin Recreation gave an update June 2 to the Summit County Council.

 

At least one county councilor disagrees with Basin Rec about whether permitting will have to be used to limit trail use.

 

On Wednesday, Basin Rec director Dana Jones told the council the problems didn’t arise overnight and it will take some time to solve them.

 

Movie theaters are opening up again.   One of the current attractions is a reboot of a Walt Disney classic.    Rick Brough has the details, with this week’s Friday Film Review.

The new film “Cruella” is the backstory about an iconic Disney villainess—revealing that not only is she misunderstood, but a Girl Power heroine to boot!

You’ve seen the template before—with the hit musical “Wicked” and more recently, with Angelina Jolie in “Maleficent.”

Park City Municipal Corporation

The Park City Chamber/Bureau reported in a Summit County Council meeting Wednesday that business during the winter of 2020-21 did not suffer as much as projected, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its numerous effects on the economy and travel as well as a poor crop of snow.

 

Chamber Director Jennifer Wesselhoff said for this past winter, their occupancy was down just 7 percent, compared to the winter of 2019-20, which ended prematurely when the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.

 

Summit County

The Summit County Council continues to deliberate passing a new ordinance governing accessory buildings.

 

But on Wednesday, the councilors informally agreed to modify the six-month moratorium they’ve placed on the buildings so that some smaller-scale applications can proceed.

 

The council approved a temporary zoning ordinance (TZO) in March to block any applications for accessory structures. But the council has heard from citizens fretting that they will lose any chance to put up a side building this year.

On July 1, transportation in Summit County will fundamentally change as Park City Transit will focus on routes in the city and the newly established High Valley Transit authority will handle routes in the county.

 

But Park City Councilor Tim Henney says what the future brings is two transit districts working as partners.

 

In a Coffee With Council held on Tuesday, Henney was joined by Summit County Councilor Roger Armstrong, who’s also on the High Valley board; and High Valley’s General Manager Caroline Rodriguez.

Summit County

Summit County Councilors say that they will resume deliberation on a proposed ordinance governing campgrounds and seasonal RV use at their June 30 meeting.

 

A hearing on May 26 brought out a lot of criticism, but several councilors say they believe that a problem exists and that they have to respond.

 

The Wasatch County Fire Department responded on late Monday afternoon to a blaze east of Heber, which is being called the Little Pole Fire.

In their last update, the Fire Department said the fire had been 45 percent contained, and personnel would monitor the area overnight looking for hot spots.

Wasatch County Fire said on their Facebook page that the fire was human caused, but had no other details.

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