Summit County Council

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In their regular meeting Wednesday, the major item for Summit County Council members is their introduction to the draft 2019 budget.

The council meets at the Coalville Courthouse and will take up the budget at about 4:30.

County manager Tom Fisher said the overall budget figure is $55.6 million. Their projected revenues are about $55.4 million so council has to address that gap, and other issues, in their meetings over the next two months.

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The Summit County Council is dropping one item from their agenda Wednesday—a field trip, but they have several other topics to keep them busy.

County manager Tom Fisher said the council was scheduled to take a tour of Chalk Creek Road at mid-day but canceled that due to weather and other reasons.

The council is considering whether to extend the paving on Chalk Creek to link up to the Mirror Lake Highway and create another tourist connection to the High Uintas.

Fisher said the idea is still on council’s radar, and they have funding available to begin a study.

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The Summit County Council have a couple of items on their plate, related to the National Forest in the High Uintas.

The county council is still considering a request from the Governor's office to endorse a Utah-specific plan to manage forest areas in the state. Council Chairwoman Kim Carson said they're still concerned about language that might have them supporting more development in the forest.

Carson and the county staff met last week with the governor's Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLIPCO)

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The topics for the Summit County Council during Wednesday’s regular meeting include trash, taxes and sage grouse.

First off on the council’s agenda, they will take a field trip to the Three Mile Canyon landfill early in the afternoon. County Manager Tom Fisher said that changes at the dump are a big part of the Solid Waste Master Plan.

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Now that the Summit County Council has enacted a Temporary Zoning Ordinance for e-scooters, and similar personal transit, we asked County Manager Tom Fisher what that means if someone tries to bring the scooters up to the Park City area.

Fisher said that in crafting legal guidelines, they have been guided by what’s happened in Salt Lake.

A new sport called "pickleball" is spreading like wildfire across the county, but it may be perceived as a rival for space on traditional tennis courts in the Snyderville Basin.

A group of about 15 Pickleball devotees visited the Summit County Council during Public Comment Wednesday.

County Council member Roger Armstrong said Pickleball is becoming a popular sport.

The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District board Friday morning sent a positive recommendation to the Summit County Council for a half million dollar grant toward the conservation easement purchase on the 158-acre Osguthorpe Ranch on Old Ranch Road. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Last year, e-bikes became a familiar sight in the Park City area, as an amenity in public transit.

Now there are indications the next wave in individual shared transit may be e-scooters, supplied by private companies.

Given that, Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong says the council approved a Temporary Zoning Ordinance Wednesday. That will allow the county to get a regular handle on this new phenomenon.

Armstrong told KPCW that cities in California are reacting to the new scooters.

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The Public Comment period before the Summit County Council on Wednesday brought out a couple of different topics.

The council heard from South Summit resident Jan Perkins, who asked them to pursue the idea of a Summer Heritage Byway, proposed earlier this year by Development Director Pat Putt.

Council member Roger Armstrong said the underlying idea is that we don't always notice the county's many historical treasures. He noted Putt's interest was sparked by the Rail Trail.

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  In response to an initiative from the Governor's office, Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong says the council wants to control deadfall in the county's national forest, but they don't want to endorse more development in the High Uintas.

The governor has asked counties in Utah if they want to support a petition to the U.S. Forest Service to revise the so-called Roadless Rule, and allow a Utah-specific policy for forest management.