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Hard news covering local government: Park City, Summit County and Wasatch County - city and county councils, planning boards, water entities and issues specific the Wasatch Back.

Recycle Utah Dumpster Days


Recycle Utah has a slew of activities coming up over the next few weeks. Dumpster Days and Hazardous Waste collection come twice a year in the fall and springtime and Wednesday’s Lunch and Learn at the PC MARC will cover composting.

Legislators Field Questions From Park city Constituents

Sep 18, 2019
Carolyn Murray / KPCW Radio

Action Utah is a bipartisan organization with the mission to promote civic engagement. They held a public forum last week and the community had the chance to meet three of Park City’s five state representatives. A crowd of about 50 people showed up. Audience questions covered a variety of topics.

Summit County

The Summit County Council Wednesday got an update from the landowner committee working on a Village Overlay zone in the Hoytsville area. The group also came with a request for the Council.

The group is looking to set up a new interchange, at the spot where Creamery Lane crosses under Interstate 80. They asked the Council to support putting the project on the Transportation Infrastructure Project List for UDOT, which is known as the STIP.

Council Member Doug Clyde told us they’re supportive, but the Overlay project is still in its early stages.

Wasatch School District

Wasatch County School District Board of Education is holding a public hearing Thursday regarding their proposed $150 million school bond

The school board meets Thursday at 6:30 in the District offices located at 101 East 200 North in Heber.

The public notice for the meetings says the purpose of the hearing is to receive input from the public with respect to the issuance of the bond and any potential economic impact that the improvements, facilities or properties financed in whole or in part with the proceeds of the bonds may have on the private sector.


The Snyderville Recreation District is proposing a property tax increase. Director Brian Hanton said they’re aiming to maintain and improve the recreation amenities they’ve provided in recent years.

A public hearing on the tax hike is set for early December, during the County Council’s budget process.

Hanton said last time the District raised taxes was 15 years ago.

Summit County

Following a public input session on Wednesday that was packed with Silver Creek residents, Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde says he thinks most people agree the area needs a second exit road. But there’s no consensus on where it will be.

As we’ve reported, over 100 people jammed into the Council meeting to talk about a link from lower Silver Creek to the Bitner frontage road, north of Interstate 80.

Lynn Ware Peek

The Park City Council has made affordable housing a community critical priority and plans to spend some $40 million to reach their goal of building 800 affordable or attainable units within city limits by 2026. The 54 units that have come on the market since 2016 have been for-sale, gearing them toward people who expect to stay in the community long-term. This report explores the city’s role in providing housing for the seasonal workforce that keeps the town running in the winter.

Peace House

A local nonprofit that looks to aid victims of domestic violence is opening their new center this weekend.

The new Peace House Community Center is officially open after a year and a half of construction. This Saturday Peace House is inviting the community to their grand opening ceremony.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is at 9:00 am at 700 Round Valley Drive with breakfast being served after followed by tours of the new facility.

The Summit County Council is scheduling a work session soon to look at some challenges and problems that confronted their e-bike sharing program, during its third summer of operation.

Summit County Transportation Manager Caroline Rodriguez supplied a memo to the County Council last week summarizing some of their problems.

Rodriguez said that the bikes have been working better this year. The issues, she said, have concerned maintenance, and the staff of the county’s contractor, Bewegen, have struggled to stay ahead of that task.


Summit County just announced that it’s closed on the purchase of the Florence Gillmor parcel, near the Highway 40 frontage road. That means some new trail planning for the Snyderville Recreation District.

The 460 acres located east and southeast of Home Depot includes some area that can be developed but will also have some open space held by the Recreation District, as well as the Triangle Parcel.

PCMC/Method Studio

The Park City Planning Commission again discussed the Woodside Park Phase II housing development, after the Park City Board of Adjustment sent it back to the commission to revisit their approval of one aspect of the development. 


The Park City High School Student Council is taking homecoming week to another level of community engagement this year. They’ve got a unique event planned to bring students, staff, administration and all of Park City together to be part of the week- long festivities.

Homecoming includes a weeks-worth of activities that starts with Tuesday’s powder puff football game. Junior Girls stack up against the Senior Girls on Dozier field at 7 pm.

Wasatch County Sheriff's Office

First responders dealt with a fire in Wasatch County this weekend near the Deer Creek Reservoir.

Wasatch County Fire and Wasatch County Sheriff’s office report the fire burned a total of 57 acres over the weekend.

The brush fire was reported at 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon, near the intersection of State Highways 189 and 113. That’s in the Charleston area. Highway 189 was temporarily closed in both directions but was open again by Saturday night.


Midway and Heber City Councils meet Tuesday evening. Among items on the Midway’s agenda include a business grant request from Zermatt Resort and continued discussion on possible Master Plan amendments to Remund Farms.

Park City Library

The annual fall Utah Humanities Book Festival at the Park City Library kicks off this week. Events include presentations from local authors and a visit from John Branch, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and author of “The Last Cowboys”.

During September and October, the Park City Library celebrates local, regional and national authors. On Tuesday at 6:30, former Navy SEAL and Park City resident Jack Carr will speak about his new thriller “True Believer”, a story about a string of terrorist attacks.