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Salt Lake County resident Gus Chin abruptly resigned Aug. 29 from his deputy Summit County attorney post.

"I accepted his resignation," Summit County Attorney David Brickey said.

Brickey stayed mum about reasons for Chin’s departure claiming he couldn’t comment because the situation is related to personnel.

Deal for open space is inked

About 21 acres of open space near State Road 224 will remain as open space now that Summit County has purchased the parcel for $5 million.

"For many reasons this is an excellent acquisition," said Chris Donaldson, chairman of the county’s Basin Open Space Advisory Committee. "This acquisition will benefit all of the residents of the Snyderville Basin and indeed the residents of Park City as well."

Anna Eddington and Ike and Billie Koleman owned the land that once housed a popular school for young children in western Summit County. The Summit County Commission helped ensure the land would remain an island of open space when the deal to buy the property was finalized Wednesday.

"This acquisition makes me very happy," Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott said.

According to Donaldson, "this 21 acres is going to look even more open and even larger when The Canyons is built out across the street."

Former owner Ike Koleman tried a number of times to develop the property. Builders even considered the land for portions of a golf course near the resort.

A recent plan for the land involved a builder constructing lodging for the United States Air Force. The property is easily viewed from S.R. 224.

"For six years I’ve been interested in Ike and Billie Koleman’s property That’s one thing that I wanted to see happen," Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme said. "I want to thank BOSAC and everyone else who has been involved."


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