There were no fisticuffs or dramatic debates. The recent joint meeting of the Park City and Summit County councils was more like a reunion of old friends.

In recent years, the once-contentious rivalries between the two bodies have faded and, in fact, some City Councilors have gone on to sit on the county board, further blurring the divide.

So it might not seem to be that newsworthy that the two spent a day brainstorming together - but in fact it was.

While the two boards, plus the Park City Board of Education, do meet periodically, this was a more ambitious gathering meant to identify broader opportunities for collaboration. And there are plenty - from joint open space purchases to regional transportation planning.

Combined, the boards offer an impressive array of government experience: County Councilman Dave Ure served in the state House of Representatives, County Councilwoman Kim Carson served on the Park City Board of Education, and Dick Peek, now on the Park City Council, was on the Park City Planning Commission.

The others also have strong resumes that include owning successful businesses, practicing law, managing investments and running a popular local nonprofit organization.

If anyone can tackle the complex challenges facing our communities on both the East and West sides of Summit County, this team can. The challenge will be keeping the momentum from Tuesday going forward.

Some of the mega-issues on the table include: economic development, environmental preservation, and transportation.


And while the city and the county probably share the same overarching goals in these arenas, the details for achieving them may be quite different.

Take, for instance, economic development. There was some debate on Tuesday about how much emphasis should be placed on the existing resort-based businesses and how much effort should be spent on diversifying that base. With limited financial resources, elected officials will have to make some tough choices.

We also look forward to seeing the councils reach out to additional entities. Wasatch County, in particular, where developers are pressing dense new projects right up against the border with Summit County, will have a significant impact.

So, we hope the discussions will continue and that the councils' constituents will play an active role as well by helping to identify critical issues and offering constructive input about potential solutions.