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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Hideout

One of the legal actions generated by the Hideout annexation controversy went to a Third District Court hearing on Friday, Jan. 29.

Summit County asked the court to dismiss allegations, from developer Nate Brockbank, that the county is violating antitrust law. Judge Richard Mrazik dismissed the claims, but left the door open for them to be brought back.

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough is confident that the local supply of COVID vaccine is going to improve And he sees the county moving soon to the priority population of residents 70 years and older. 

 

During a Conversation With Council held last week, county officials said they’ve been frustrated with the scarcity of vaccines. But Summit County’s health district is third in the state for the number of vaccinations per capita.

 

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The Summit County Council was hard at work during their Wednesday session. Among other things, they approved a contract extension for their County Manager, appointed citizen members to the Snyderville Transit Board; and kept an eye on bills before the Utah Legislature. 

 

Council Member Glenn Wright told KPCW that County Manager Tom Fisher led a staff that did an awesome job coping with Covid and other challenges during 2020.

 

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The Summit County Council isn’t coming to a decision any time soon on the Dakota Pacific project at Kimball Junction – they are scheduling a series of discussion meetings with the applicants over the next month or two.

 

County Council Member Glenn Wright told KPCW that in discussions with the applicants, the Council has defined the issues that have to be resolved for a Dakota approval.

 

He said that county representatives and the developers will form at least four “sub-groups” and hold regular meetings.

Sundance Institute

On Thursday night, film-lovers were welcomed to an online Sundance Film Festival for 2021.

 

During the virtual ceremony, which included a message from Sundance founder Robert Redford, organizers said they are using a new format, but haven’t given up on their core purpose.

 

Redford delivered a recorded message that took a cosmic perspective on independent film, Sundance and the past year.

 

Sundance Institute

Organizers of the Sundance Film Festival went virtual Thursday for the press conference opening the 2021 online edition of the festival. 

 

But they said while the event had to be limited for the COVID-19 pandemic, the spirit and ideals of Sundance haven’t changed.

 

Summit County

It looks like the Summit County Council will be busy over the next several weeks with the Dakota Pacific project at Kimball Junction. They will be taking a deep dive into the major items involved in a revised development agreement for the property.

 

However, Councilor Chris Robinson recused himself from the Dakota discussion over three months ago. But during Wednesday’s Council session, his colleagues said he should be part of their decision.

 

Mountainlands Community Housing Trust

Retiring after 20 years as Director of Mountainlands Community Housing Trust, Scott Loomis says he’s proud of their accomplishments in providing affordable housing.    But the job has also been extremely challenging.   

Loomis told KPCW that, at 72 years of age, he decided it was time to step down.     And he is leaving behind a capable staff at Mountainlands, including new Executive Director Pat Matheson and Managing Director Steve Lawrence.

Officially, his retirement occurs on April 30th, which by coincidence is exactly 20 years since he took on the job.

As we’ve reported, the proposed Francis Commons project is headed to the Francis City Council with a negative recommendation  from the town’s Planning Commission at their Jan. 21st meeting.

Among the comments at a lengthy session, both citizens and Planning Commissioners talked about the character of Francis, and the project’s possible impact on the town’s future.  

A proposed development, Francis Commons, went before the Francis Planning Commission on January 21st.

After a public hearing, Planning Commissioners unanimously voted to send on a negative recommendation to City Council.

The applicant, Kit Burton, from the firm Wild Willow Limited, asked for rezoning of nearly 18 acres, west of Highway 32 and near the intersection where 32 makes a right turn, heading west.

The city staff reported the parcel is under what’s called a “Residential-Half” zone, which now would allow 35 single-family homes.

Summit County

Complaints have appeared in the Snyderville Basin about two different types of “accessory” development.

 

In his latest visit with KPCW, Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson discussed the two issues. 

 

County Council Members Doug Clyde and Glenn Wright expressed concerns last week that a proliferation of accessory dwelling units are not fulfilling a need, as county officials hoped.

 

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Looking ahead to 2021, one of the tasks for the East Side Planning Commission will likely be studying how they can address water quality problems in the Weber River.

 

The topic came up in a recent joint session between the East Side Commission and the Summit County Council.

 

The Summit County Health Department is asking the residents to be patient with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, which has been sluggish so far.

 

Deputy Health Director Phil Bondurant says the department shares the frustration since it’s getting a limited amount of vaccines. And in the meantime, Gov. Spencer Cox has modified his priorities policy to vaccinate everyone in the state over the age of 70.

 

Summit County

On Wednesday, the subject of accessory dwellings such as nightly vacation rentals—and resident complaints about them—came up before the Summit County Council.

During its legislative update, some Council members noted that state legislators aren’t interested in regulating them.

 

The staff reported that one bill they’re following, HB 82, makes several changes to state law on accessory dwellings. It reportedly calls on cities and counties to classify certain accessory dwellings as a permitted land use. 

 

Tuesday’s meeting of the Summit County Council of Governments heard that the recent news about the Covid Vaccine has been mixed.

County Health Director Rich Bullough said they have shown that they can distribute the vaccine.   But the amount they have received has been disappointing.  

Bullough said they’re doing the best they can.   But he’s frustrated that the number of doses they have received are a fraction of what they were promised, and the supply will continue to be low.

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