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Summit County

Summit County Council Opening Meeting At Kimball Junction

Summit County

The Summit County council meeting will open at the Kimball Junction Transit Center this afternoon before heading back to the Richins Building.

The council meeting starts at 2:30 pm in this unusual location. Summit County manager Tom Fisher says the meeting will kick off by hosting representatives from Rocky Mountain Power to highlight Park City and Summit County’s initiatives to have net-zero carbon footprints by 2022.

“Rocky Mountain Power, some of their leadership as well as the company that owns them, Berkshire Hathaway, some of their legislative folks are coming in to look at what we do around electricity to try and help our carbon footprint. Everything from our electric vehicle charges to our electric buses and our bike share program are going to be highlighted on this little visit. It gives a chance for both the Park City Council and Summit County Council to interact with these folks a little bit and talk about our next legislative session and other things that are going on. Both from a statewide basis and nationally, in order to move more vehicle use to electric.”

Following that, council members will head back to the Richins building to discuss a policy change to its Parental Leave Policy. Fisher says it’s not something that employees have necessarily asked for, rather it’s becoming more of an industry norm and is being brought to the council in order to remain competitive in employment arena. Right now, the county offers just birthing parents disability paid up to six weeks which can be supplemented with sick days and vacation time.

“Employees have to pick options after that. They can choose to come back to work. They can stay on family medical leave, which is unpaid for the remainder six weeks of that leave. They can choose other options, but they don’t have pay options, or they can cash out their vacation. Cashing out the vacation is really not a great way to deal with parental leave. The other issue we had with this is that it didn’t deal with the non-birthing parent, and it didn’t deal with parents that are adopting. Which have the exact same issues, especially if it’s an infant, that a birthing parent has. So, we wanted to expand that and we’re proposing that in front of the council to see how they want to approach that.”

The council also has a two-hour joint session planned with the Snyderville Basin planning commission.

“The planning commission is really wanting to dig into some these issues now that we’re settled on codes. This is one of them. The council has read through these before they’re getting the detail again in order to give some advice to the planning commission on how to move forward.”

One of the issues to be discussed is mixed use developments. Another is removing the Specially Planned Area (SPA) from the code.

“It’s kind of asking the question whether the master-plan development process, which has been talked about by the planning commission, could replace the SPA. So, again they’re seeking the advice of the council on which way the council would like to go with that.”

After getting direction from the council, the planning commission will discuss proposed changes at future meetings before preparing a recommendation for the council’s consideration.

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