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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Basin Recreation

The Snyderville Basin Recreation District is unveiling a short-term trail access plan, as warmer weather arrives with the spring.

 

Recently, Basin Rec and Summit County officials have been concerned that the Basin’s world-class trail system is being loved to death. 

 

The effects have been seen as trails and parking lots in residential areas are crowded by locals, out-of-county visitors, and recreationists trying to get outside during the past year of pandemic.

 

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The recently concluded Utah state legislative session was not just monitored by Utah’s cities and counties. Law enforcement agencies were interested, too, in what lawmakers were considering.

 

Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez talked about some of the highlights in his recent visit with KPCW’s Randy Barton on the Local View program.

 

Martinez said the Legislature considered over 133 bills. About a quarter of those were related to law enforcement.

 

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Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong says he thinks the county needs to take a “deep dive” into the issue of affordable housing—and new residential housing in general.

 

Armstrong said it’s been a concern nagging at him over the past year.

 

Summit County Economic Development Director Jeffrey Jones has presented figures showing that the county is 2,000 units short. Armstrong calculated the population that the county would add if that affordable housing deficit is filled.

 

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The Summit County Council has been working for months on a proposed neighborhood mixed-use (NMU) zone, and it looks like lawmakers will have to get it to the finish line by working in tandem with another planning process.

 

At the council’s last discussion on the NMU zone, Councilor Chris Robinson wondered how a neighboring property is impacted if a mixed-use project goes up right next to it, with heights allowed up to 45 feet.

 

The transit district established in the Snyderville Basin is hitting the ground running.

 

It has a new name, is proposing new service-route improvements and is working to set itself up, eventually, as a district independent of Summit County.

 

The Board of Directors for the new High Valley Transit District has met twice so far in March. The chair of the panel, former Summit County Councilor Kim Carson, reported that the entity’s name was chosen because it works for the entire Wasatch Back.

 

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The proposed Highland Flats development is heading to the Summit County Council—but with a negative recommendation from the Snyderville Planning Commission.

 

In response to the planning commission’s vote, the developers for the project issued a statement reacting both to the vote and to criticism from neighborhood residents.

 

The Highland Flats proposal comprises 410 rental units on 41 acres located between the northeast edge of Highland Estates and Silver Creek Junction off U.S. 40 and Interstate 80.

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The Summit County Council is continuing to work on the Community Renewable Energy Program and is reviewing its financial participation as the funding benchmarks for the program are coming later in the year.

Summit County and over 20 other Utah locales are partnering with Rocky Mountain Power to receive their electricity from renewable sources. 

Councilor Roger Armstrong noted that the county will receive 100% renewable power for government operations by 2023.

The Snyderville Planning Commission on March 9 approved a Conditional Use Permit for a group home in Highland Estates—after hearing voices that praised the facility, and others that worried about its impacts.

 

Snyderville Chairman Ryan Dickey says they came to a decision, guided by federal law, and they set up a list of conditions to mitigate the operation.

 

During their meeting on Tuesday, the Snyderville Planning Commission looked at two projects in lower Silver Creek. 

 

For one of them, the Planning Commission sent a negative recommendation to County Council for the second time in recent months.

 

During a non-voting work session, the Snyderville Commission was introduced to a proposal from Anaya’s Market, which is moving from Park City’s Bonanza area to a site in lower Silver Creek northeast of the Bell’s gas station.

 

A pair of Park City parents have filed suit in U.S. District Court against a requirement that their two children have to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test in order to receive in-person schooling.

 

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday, March 10. 

 

The parents, Holly and Mark McClure, on behalf of their two children, are objecting to an order from the Utah Department of Health that permits local schools to require a test.

 

The Snyderville Planning Commission on Tuesday night voted to grant a conditional use permit for a group home in Highland Estates intended to help teenage girls facing mental health and emotional issues in their lives.

 

The commission hammered out the decision at the last minute, given that the applicant was up against a deadline of her own.

 

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During public hearings before the Snyderville Planning Commission, speakers have, on occasion, asked planners to consider how a proposed development will impact the local schools.

 

However, County Development Director Pat Putt reminds the public that, legally, the county can’t do that.

 

During his regular visit to KPCW, Putt said the planners are restricted by the Legislature.

 

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County Development Director Pat Putt says that in the not-too-distant future, the county will return to live meetings with the County Council and their Planning Commissions.

 

But after the past year of meeting virtually over Zoom, it’s likely that public meetings will change for the better.

 

It may be hard to believe that there were some silver linings in the past year of the pandemic. But Putt said there could be one, due to the changes they had to make with public meetings.

 

Following the program they’ve set recently, the Snyderville Planning Commission will start off its Tuesday meeting with the debate over changes to the general plan and code, including the perennial issue of providing workforce housing.

 

The Snyderville Commission will begin their virtual meeting on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. First, they will discuss possible general plan amendments on trails and recreation.

 

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Now that Robert Ainsworth’s lawsuit against the Park City Police and Park City School District has been dismissed in U.S. District Court, he says he’s grateful that the legal fight over the circumstances of his son’s tragic death is over.

 

But he says he had multiple reasons to file the suit in 2019.

 

Ainsworth alleged in his lawsuit that the Park City Police Department and the Park City School District withheld information that could have saved his son from a fatal opioid overdose in September of 2016.

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