Local News

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.

Items at Wasatch County Council’s meeting Wednesday include discussions regarding farmland in the county. 

A worker sustained a traumatic injury in Park City after construction materials fell on top of them. 

Deer Valley Resort

A summer strong hold in Park City has been live music – but due to COVID-19, large outdoor gatherings won’t be happening this year. Still, Mountain Town Music is busy working on plans to bring the music to the people.

Most summers, Mountain Town Music programs more than 300 musical acts during the summer months. While that won’t happen this year, Executive Director Brian Richards is hopeful that there will be music in the mountains. Situations like this he says require them to stay positive and think creatively.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. (05:45)

Executive  Director of  Mountain Town Music Brian Richards has a look ahead at how they’re planning for the summer concert season. (22:04)

Executive Director of Summit Land Conservancy Cheryl Fox has details on their virtual breakfast as well as open space issues (31:19) and Park City Library Director Adriane Juarez has details on the partial reopening of the county libraries using curbside pickup. (41:10)

Matt Davis

Back in March – when the country shut down due to the Coronavirus epidemic, a Boston photographer and her friend decided they wanted to highlight the faces of their community during a time when they couldn’t see them socially. Since then, hundreds of photographers across the country, have started their own Front Step projects. One of those is here in Park City.

Dakota Pacific

The Dakota Pacific proposal is back on the schedule for the Snyderville Planning Commission.

And Summit County Development Director Pat Putt is hoping it will get to an electronic public hearing by June.  

The Boyer Tech Park development was approved by the county in 2008 for a total of nearly 1.3 million square feet.

Dakota Pacific acquired the land and came to the county last year with a mixed-neighborhood design up to 1.8 million square feet.

Several local non-profits have been working, under the umbrella of the Park City Community Foundation, to help vulnerable residents impacted by COVID-19.

And although the needs of their clients are different, one major item impacting everybody is housing.

The Community Foundation hosted an electronic meeting last week, before Summit County passed a revised Health Order that lifted the Stay At Home directive.

Heber City

Heber City Council will be meeting remotely Tuesday evening and could possibly annex a huge development and double the size of the city.

Heber Valley Special Service District

Maintenance at the Heber Valley sewer ponds has created an awful smell in the area. The cause of the stench is work that occurs about twice every century.

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Monday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 5,317 confirmed COVID-19 cases, up 142, or just under 3%, from Sunday. Summit County has 377 cases, one more than Sunday. The number of hospitalizations in the county has remained at thirty-three since Friday. Wasatch County has 165 confirmed cases, up six from Sunday. Hospitalizations in Wasatch have remained at seven since last Monday.

Employment Attorney Mark Tolman (8:33) talks about employee rights now that businesses are re-opening. Co-Chairs of the May 7th Peace House Spring Luncheon Julie Joyce and Kate Margolis (24:17) have details about how to participate in this virtual fundraising lunch and Rob Harter, Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City (37:03) has details about the services his organization is offering during the COVID-19 crisis, including the re-opening of the donation center and thrift stores.

Summit County Council 2019

While dealing with COVID-19, the Summit County Council this week also dealt with items relating to their budget, spending and work plans.  

At their meeting of April 29th, the County Council approved a second round of spending cuts to their 2020 budget, given the revenue losses they expect due to the coronavirus shutdown.

According to the county’s Chief Financial Officer Matt Leavitt, the Council reduced the budget of some $61.4 million down to $54.2 million—that’s a decrease of 11.7 percent.

Even though Summit County has issued a new Health Order that lifts the Stay At Home directive, and aims to carefully re-open businesses, Council Member Roger Armstrong says there are still a number of challenges for county government, local business and the citizens.          

Armstrong told KPCW that the re-opening under the new Health Order is likely going to be gradual.

Summit County officials are congratulating the community and local businesses for their response over the past month to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

They say that enabled them to approve a revised Health Order that took effect Midnight May 1st, lifting the Stay At Home Order and  allowing the economy to partly re-open.

But they’re telling citizens to stay vigilant and follow precautions to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus.

The county’s new Order changes the community’s status from High-Risk (Red) to Moderate Risk (Orange.)

Midway Boosters

Midway Boosters announced Saturday they will cancel Swiss Days this year.

The club's announcement on its website said their decision was due to COVID-19 and came "under direction of the Wasatch Health Department."

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