The Summit County Council has a jam-packed agenda for its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 6, with issues ranging from water rate changes, animal control, and open space acquisition.

At about 3 p.m., Council will hear a presentation by officials of the Mountain Regional Water Special Service District asking for rate changes in 2014 and 2015.

Mountain Regional Water serves more than 5,000 customers in the area surrounding Park City. Mountain Regional, according to its website, serves the following developments:

Promontory, Silver Gate

Old Ranch Road

Atkinson, Park Ridge, Silver Summit

Silver Creek Commerce Center

Newpark, Spring Creek, Woodside Homes (Plat I)

Glenwild, Red Hawk, The Preserve, Stagecoach Estates

Silver Springs, Quarry Mountain, Willow Creek, Sun Peak

The Colony

Summit Park, Timberline

The district will be requesting a residential rate increase of 3.5 percent effective later this month, and a second increase of another 3.5 percent effective in August, 2015. The last rate increases became effective in August, 2012.

The need for the rate increases are due to Mountain Regional's three largest budget items, which are projected to increase an average of $275,560 each year, according to a staff report. The three budget items are:

Rocky Mountain Power costs

Weber Basin lease fees

Debt service (bond payments and required debt coverage for existing debt)

Mountain Regional Water has several different rates, each dependent on variables such as usage patterns, location, and elevation. Residential rates range, depending on those variables, from $56 to $73.25 per connection.

At about 4:35 p.


m., the Council will consider a memorandum of understanding between the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District and Summit County concerning an open space parcel in Summit Park that the district is interested in acquiring.

The subject open space parcel, located in upper Summit Park, consists of about 325 acres and is currently owned by the Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands. The transfer of land would cost $100.

In addition to that proposal, Basin Recreation will also present for approval a portion of Kimball Junction open space to be a designated two-mile-long off-leash dog trail. The open space is located west of State Route 224, north of Bear Hollow, and just east of the Utah Olympic Park.

At 6 p.m., a public hearing will be held about amendments made to the Summit County animal control ordinance. The Council will consider changes to a portion of the ordinance about the definition of "dogs-at-large." The changes, according to a staff report, will "expand the ability of those in Summit County and their dogs to recreate off-leash."

The Council will meet at the Sheldon Richins Building in Kimball Junction, with the work session commencing at 3 p.m.