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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Summit County

A landowner near the Silver Creek watershed in the Snyderville Basin has filed a federal lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Utah Department of Health and Summit County.

The suit claims the owner cannot develop his property because the defendants have mistakenly included it in a Superfund designation that includes Richardson Flat and tailings along Silver Creek.

Rick Brough, who has this week’s Friday Film Review, looks back on a bygone era depicted in the documentary, “The Last Blockbuster.”      

Today, they’re on the verge of extinction.   But once, not long ago, they thrived in numbers too vast to be counted.

Am I talking about polar bears?   Buffalo?  Bigfoot?    No, I mean your neighborhood video store.

A new film directed by Taylor Morden looks at a store in Bend, Oregon, which in 2018 became the last Blockbuster on the planet—that, after a few ragged survivors in Alaska closed.

Summit County

The Summit County Council had to postpone two of the major items on their agenda Wednesday, but the councilors still had a long conversation looking at planning and housing issues in the Snyderville Basin.

 

The council was scheduled to discuss and possibly approve a proposed neighborhood mixed-use (NMU) zone. A related item, the master planned development process, was set for a public hearing and maybe a vote.

 

But due to a mistake in the notice posted by the county, both items were continued to April 7.

On Thursday night, the Hideout Town Council took another step toward preparing for a June 22 referendum on the town’s proposed annexation of 350 acres that extends into Summit County.

 

The council of the Wasatch County town authorized Mayor Phil Rubin to launch agreements that will have four different consulting firms study a segment of the proposed development on the acreage.

 

Summit County

Summit County has relied on multiple sources of funding to help businesses survive the past year of pandemic, and the county council received a review of those monies during its regular meeting Wednesday.

 

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher said the county government has received about $1 million from the federal CARES Act and has dispensed grants utilizing all of it.

 

Utah State Capitol
KPCW Radio

The Utah State Legislature’s 2021 general session ended three weeks ago, but Summit County officials are still waiting to see how they’re impacted by the decisions handed down from the lawmakers.

 

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher said the county is still opposed to the implementation of House Bill 98, a bill allowing private contractors to bypass county officials and hire their own building inspectors that passed out of the legislature.

 

Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

The Snyderville Planning Commission Tuesday night unanimously voted to recommend a set of Snyderville code amendments on accessory buildings.

 

The code amendments are being proposed since Basin residents in recent years have expressed concerns about the impacts of accessory buildings, the number that are allowed on properties, and the concern they may morph into commercial uses.

 

About two weeks ago, the Summit County Council approved a six-month moratorium on new accessory buildings.

 

Summit County is always apprehensive about surprises appearing at the annual Utah Legislature.

Looking back on the 2021 edition, Deputy County Manager Janna Young said that the legislative curveballs appeared early enough for them to handle; or any last-minute proposals didn’t go anywhere.   

Young said they monitored the Legislature through a task force drawn from county staff; their lobbyist; and the Utah Association of Counties.

Utah State

Every year at the Utah Legislature, a major topic is the ability of local governments to regulate planning and building.    There was a mix of good and bad news for Summit County from the 2021 session.

Deputy Summit County Manager Janna Young said a new bill in the session that they hadn’t expected was HB 98, allowing contractors to hire their own building inspectors.

She said the county is very unhappy that the bill passed.      

Utah State Capitol
KPCW Radio

One bill that Summit County expected in the recent state legislative session was a result of the past year of pandemic.     And it prompted a lot of discussion from counties in the state.   

Deputy Summit County Manager Janna Young said the bill was SB 195, Emergency Response Amendments.

She said legislators had heard concerns from the public about Covid-19 health orders.    

Park City School District

So far, the defendants at the state, county and school district level haven’t filed any extensive replies to the federal lawsuit filed by two Park City parents. 

 

Holly and Mark McClure claim their family’s rights were violated when their children were required to be tested for COVID-19 in order to attend in-person learning at school.

 

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.

 

Summit County Sheriff's Office

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.

 

Lynn Ware Peek

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.

 

Summit County

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.

 

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