Wasatch County

Heber, Midway and Wasatch County

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Heber’s new City Manager, Matt Brower, has been on the job since about mid-July. He’s arrived at a time when the city is dealing with phenomenal growth, a renowned airport, and efforts underway to address a state highway running through the town.

In his first interview with KPCW, Brower said he has Utah roots. He was born and raised in Salt Lake, and graduated from the University of Utah in the 90’s.

Heber City / Heber City Main Street Nostalgia

Heber City and the Utah Department of Transportation continue work on the Main Street and By-Pass studies. A public input session was held last week with another one planned for the Fall. December is the deadline to complete the studies. Then it goes on to the 2019 State Legislature where Heber officials hope to get approval for next steps. Carolyn Murray has the details. 


Heber Mayor Kelleen Potter says Heber City and Wasatch County have worked for about 10 years acquiring the land to build the by-pass around Heber’s Main Street. 

The real estate report for the second quarter of 2018 showed some strong indicators for single-family homes, for the Snyderville Basin, and for Wasatch County. 

The President of the Park City Board of Realtors, Todd Anderson, said that sales activity has been steady, despite a lack of inventory.

“Once again we’re still seeing prices rising. we’re still seeing the levels of sales rising at the same time and not so much that it’s pushing prices to unreasonable increases”

He said that the prices for single-family homes have increased by six percent, year after year.

Utah Division Of Forestry Fire State Lands

Wasatch County is recovering from the massive Dollar Ridge fire which began last month near the Strawberry Reservoir.

The county's Fire Chief, Ernie Giles, said in his 30 years on the job, it's the worst wildfire he's seen--maybe the worst in that county's history.

Giles told KPCW that the fire is designated as 100 percent contained, but it's still burning in some spots.

Heber City has hired a new manager to replace Mark Anderson who left the position following last year's election.

Heber City's new manager Mark Brower comes to the Heber Valley with 15 years of experience. His most recent position was as city manager of Lincoln City, CA with a population of nearly 50-thousand residents near the Sacramento area. Prior to that he has held leadership positions in Georgia, Florida and Santa Clara, Utah.

 Decisions made by the Wasatch County Transient Tax Advisory Board have come under fire by a Heber Valley Business owner, Lynn David.  In a Salt Lake Tribune article, he claims the Board acted unethically in distributing grant money to several Heber Valley businesses.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Lynn David, owner of the Hiking Inn, applied for 3600 dollars through the Heber Valley Transient Room Tax grant program. He was awarded 500 dollars which he declined, calling it a pittance. David told KPCW he was not available for an interview until later this month due to travel. 

Heber By-Pass Project Study

  There’s a public meeting on Wednesday evening to present the findings of the Heber Valley By-Pass and the Main Street Corridor studies. The project teams are hosting the open house to share traffic and congestion projections for the next 20 plus years and they hope to have input from the public as they try to build a plan to address growth impacts in the Heber Valley.  Carolyn Murray has this:

With the start of the academic year just around the corner Wasatch School District is shoring up some work to improve the wellness and safety of their students. 

Wasatch School District’s additional emphasis on school safety comes in part due to a community meeting held earlier this year. The meeting came in response to school shootings across the U.S. and a social media threat by a Wasatch High student. Wellness director Ben Springer says that the meeting resulted in some positive changes.