Input sought on Toll Canyon management

Utah Open Lands, in conjunction with Basin Recreation, will host an open house where community members can offer input on the future management of the recently acquired Toll Canyon Open Space, 781 acres located south of the Weilenmann School of Discovery.

The open house will be held at the Sheldon Richins Building, 1885 W. Ute Boulevard, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Will Pratt of Basin Recreation at 435-649-1564 or visit basinrecreation.org to learn more about the Toll Canyon Open Space.

Utah Water Watch training

Utah Water Watch is looking for volunteers to help monitor waterways throughout the state. The program is managed by the Utah State University Water Quality Extension in partnership with the Utah Division of Water Quality.

A training session for those interested in volunteering with the program will be held on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Swaner EcoCenter.

Volunteers with Utah Water Watch receive free training and equipment to monitor waterways once a month for seven months out of the year. Parameters such as pH, dissolved oxygen, E. coli, turbidity and temperature are analyzed, as are visual observations such as water flow, clarity, color and algae cover. Volunteers can choose from a pre-approved list of waterways to track.

Data gathered help the Utah DWQ more thoroughly monitor conditions and concerns with waterways throughout the state.


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For more information on Utah Water Watch, contact Brian Greene at 435-797-2580 or via brian.greene@usu.edu . Also visit extension.usu.edu/utahwaterwatch for more information on the program.

Road projects to begin soon

The Utah Department of Transportation will begin two large road resurfacing projects in Summit County early next month.

The first project, to begin June 2, will feature the resurfacing of the top three inches of asphalt on State Road 224 from Kimball Junction to Bear Hollow Drive. Construction is expected to last about a month and traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction during that time.

From Kimball Junction to Newpark Boulevard, crews will work weekdays from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., while work from Newpark Boulevard to Bear Hollow Drive will take place between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. There will be no work on Sundays or holidays. The estimated cost of the project is $2.2 million, UDOT says.

The second project, also to start some time in June, will be a resurfacing of Interstate 80 from Silver Creek to Wanship. Reconstruction of eastbound lanes with concrete will occur this year from mile post 148 to 154, while reconstruction of the westbound lanes will commence next year.

Renovation of a bridge on I-80 westbound near mile post 152 will also begin this year, with construction expected to take a year or longer. The nearby Rail Trail may have to periodically close during construction for safety reasons.

During construction of eastbound lanes this year, both directions of traffic on I-80 will use the westbound lanes. The estimated project cost is $43 million, and UDOT says a concrete resurfacing will create a much more durable road surface than traditional asphalt.

For more information, visit udot.utah.gov and click on 'Projects, Studies and Future Plans' then click on 'Current Projects and Studies.'

May Tax Sale sells two properties

The Summit County Auditor's Office's annual May Tax Sale features various properties up for sale which are delinquent in property taxes. This year, only two small properties were auctioned off, when as many as 17 had been listed as delinquent at one point.

According to Summit County Auditor Blake Frazier, the two properties sold were: a 0.04-acre lot on Red Pine Road for $6,000 (owned by Morinda Properties Silverado Lodge, LC, of Provo) and a 0.408-acre lot in Summit Park for $42,000 (owned by Cordell Jones of Nipomo, Calif.).

The other properties which had previously been listed were removed, as the owners had paid the delinquent taxes owed before the sale began.