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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.

Park City Municipal

The arts and culture district will once again be a central topic at this week’s meeting of the Park City City Council. The council will be taking a deep dive into the financial model for the project and explore different ways to pay for its increasing costs.

 

If there’s one aspect of the arts and culture district project that has been particularly troubling for people following its progress, it’s just how much the project is expected to cost.

 

Park City Municipal Corporation

Tuesday night’s virtual State of Park City address by Mayor Andy Beerman offered a “journey through time,” connecting the city’s modern problems like traffic and housing affordability with lessons learned -- or not learned -- in the past.

 

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman characterized 2020 as a year of ‘big little things’ on Tuesday night, where although many of the city’s larger goals for the year were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, small incremental progress on a number of key city priorities were made.

 

Of the nearly 650,000 COVID-19 doses administered throughout Utah, more than 9,500 were administered in Summit County and over 7,000 were in Wasatch County.

The Utah Department of Health announced 812 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, which is about 100 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

There were 7,631 people tested for the first time, with 19,389 total tests administered. The 7-day rolling average for “tests over tests” positivity is about 6%. 

On today's Local News Hour:

(02:02) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report

(06:49) - Todd Hauber, Park City School District Business Administrator, talks about the 2021 legislative session and the impacts on school districts. 

(20:27) - Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of this week's city council meeting and Mayor Andy Beerman adds to his State of the City address last night.

(38:36 - Heber City Manager Matt Bower and T-O Engineer Jeremy McAlister with more on the Heber City Airport master plan.

Blake Bekken

If you've ever stood in a lift line, dined at the Black Diamond Lodge or walked around The Park Silly Sunday Market, you might’ve heard Wyatt Pike singing and playing his guitar. 

The Park City local has been playing gigs around the town for years and released a five song record last year titled Brand New Boy. Back in November he flew out to Ojai, CA to audition for American Idol. 

The Snyderville Planning Commission Tuesday night hosted a lengthy public hearing on the proposed Highland Flats residential development.    The overwhelming majority of the speakers opposed the project.

After the public comment, the Planning Commissioners did not come to a vote on the proposal.

Snyderville Planning Chairman Ryan Dickey noted that over 200 people were attending the meeting via Zoom.   

Widespread internet outages in the Wasatch Back on Monday night into Tuesday occurred after utility cable was damaged by Utah Department of Transportation crews in the Salt Lake Valley.

 

Construction crews working on I-15 along the Wasatch Front near Draper damaged utility lines on Monday, disrupting internet service for AT&T and Centurylink customers. Customers of Wicked Fast internet in Park City were also affected.

 

Park City Fire District

Park City fire crews responded to a fire on Homestake Road Tuesday Morning.

 

According to the Park City Fire District, emergency crews were called to a multi-family structure fire on Homestake Road just after 8am Tuesday morning.

 

Several fire engines, an ambulance, and the Park City Police Department were all at the scene. According to the fire district, the building was evacuated and the fire was quickly contained.

 

Utah’s COVID-19 Cases Tuesday were up compared to last Tuesday’s cases.  

The Utah Department of Health announced 716 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, which is about 100 more cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

There were 6,458 people tested for the first time, with 18,480 total tests administered. About 6% of “tests over tests” are coming back positive. 

Summit County reported 12 new cases. In comparison, last Tuesday, Summit saw seven.

Park City Local and American Idol contestant Wyatt Pike talks about getting on the show and when we might see his audition.

On today's Local News Hour:

(02:10) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report 

(05:48) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 22:18) Mental Health Counselor Katie Thomas has details about an upcoming small group teen girls resiliency program she is offering throughout the month of March.

(36:30) Park City Local and American Idol contestant Wyatt Pike talks about getting on the show and when we might see his audition.

Utah DNR - State Parks

 State park visits have skyrocketed during the pandemic, with a record amount of visitors in 2020. 

While parks have seen an uptick in visitors for the past couple years, last year there was a 33% increase, according to Scott Strong, deputy director of Utah State Parks. 

He said during the pandemic they had 10.6 million visitors, up 2.3 million from the previous year. 

Summit County

The Snyderville Basin Transit District Board held its first meeting on Feb. 18. Board member Joe Spink says they’re working towards a deadline, in four and a half months, to transition to being an independent district.

 

The county’s transit district will be splitting off from Park City Transit to become its own entity by July 1.

 

The new board includes three Summit County Councilors—Roger Armstrong, Doug Clyde and Chris Robinson. The two at-large members are Spink and former Councilor Kim Carson.

Utah’s new governor, Spencer Cox, is putting a priority on the state’s rural areas and its small towns, according to Francis Mayor Byron Ames.

The Mayor gave his impressions to KPCW after a phone conversation last week with the Governor.  

We asked Mayor Ames if rural Utah has been neglected by state government.   

Courtesy Oakley City Website

A recent public hearing hosted by the Oakley City Planning Commission on their revised development code drew just a couple of comments.    During the session, city officials talked about their ideas for affordable housing—aimed at serving the South Summit area.

The Oakley Planning Commission formulated the code revisions during a six-month moratorium on new development.

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