The Summit County Council will meet in session on Wednesday, Aug. 20, with a number of high-profile topics to discuss and present, including several public hearings and a 90-minute work session on the Mountain Accord.
A work session will commence at 4 p.m. with a discussion regarding the Mountain Accord with County Engineer Leslie Crawford and Community Development Director Pat Putt.
The Mountain Accord is an unprecedented initiative involving more than 20 organizations -- including Summit County -- that seeks to make crucial decisions about the future of the region, specifically the Central Wasatch. The topics being discussed by four different committees are recreation, transportation, economy, and environment, and the committees are tasked to address long-term problems and solutions in a collaborative way.
The purpose of the work session, requested at last week's County Council meeting, is to ensure that staffers involved in the Mountain Accord -- such as Putt and Crawford -- are aligned with County Council. With more than 200 people on all of the committees involved, there should be a unifying voice coming from Summit County, Council Chair Chris Robinson said last week.
At shortly after 6 p.m., a public hearing will be held regarding the proposed rate increase for water service by Mountain Regional Water Special Service District.
Mountain Regional Water has requested rate changes to keep up with escalating costs, said district officials at the Aug. 6 work session for Summit County Council.
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 is requesting a rate increase of 3.75 percent effective this month, and a second increase of another 3.75 percent effective in August, 2015.
The need for the rate increases are due to Mountain Regional's three largest budget items, which are projected to increase an average of $305,036 each year, said Mountain Regional officials. The three budget items necessitating the rate increase are:
- Rocky Mountain Power costs
- Weber Basin lease fees
- Debt service (bond payments and required debt coverage for existing debt)
Mountain Regional Water currently has several different rates, but in the new plan the basic residential flat base rate would be $60 per month, according to the proposal. (Prior to the rate increases, the monthly rate ranged from $56 to $73.25.) After the flat base rate, usage would be charged according to how many gallons were used.
For information on the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District public hearing, see page A2.