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Air Force officials told local politicians last week that about 250 rooms may be needed for servicemen lodging discounts at a hotel the military has expressed interest in building at Quinn’s Junction.

But some local officials say the east entrance into Park City is not a good location for the disputed project because traffic is already bad on State Road 248 and planners intended for much of that area to remain as open space.

Air Force Real Property Agency officials met in San Antonio last week with Summit County Councilman Chris Robinson, interim Summit County Manager Brian Bellamy, Park City Mayor Dana Williams and City Manager Tom Bakaly to discuss the project.

"We met with Mr. Robert Moore, who is the head of the Air Force Real Property Agency," interim Summit County Manager Brian Bellamy said in a telephone interview. "He is responsible for all of the real property the Air Force has around the world."

The military has interest in building the resort at Quinn’s Junction to replace a small Air Force ski lodge that was demolished at Snowbasin in the 1990s. A state law that takes effect in October could allow private landowners at Quinn’s Junction to skirt tight local zoning ordinances by partnering with the Air Force to develop their property under the Military Installation Development Authority Act.

A Quinn’s landowner claims he is in talks with the Air Force about building the hotel and a movie studio near the Park City limits.

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Meanwhile, the meeting with Air Force officials in Texas April 28 lasted about three hours, Bellamy said.

"The goal was to find out what the Air Force is looking for, what their needs are," he said. "There were not a whole lot of details."

Little discussion occurred about potential locations for the hotel, Bellamy said.

"They want to have a rest and relaxation place for their military people," Bellamy said. "They want it to be in Summit County and they want it to be equivalent to the one that’s in Orlando or Hawaii or in Germany. They want a four-star hotel, their own place."

But local officials worry the Air Force will commission a hotel at Quinn’s with more than 600 rooms.

"Once a site is selected, we will build our business model based on market conditions and the projected development," military officials said recently in a prepared statement to The Park Record. "Since there are no (Department of Defense) funds available for the project development costs and expenses must come from private-sector financing."

Military officials have discussed partnering with the Quinn’s Junction Partnership, which owns land near the east entrance into Park City.

County is advertising manager post

Summit County began looking for a chief executive officer this week.

The salary range for the powerful post, which manages day-to-day affairs in the county, is between $110,000 and $147,000.

"I am very hopeful that we’ll get a number of wonderful applicants," interim Summit County Manager Brian Bellamy said. "In fact, I have already been talking to some on the phone."

The manager, who oversees the executive branch of county government, supervises all directors and department heads who are not elected officials.

The minimum job qualifications include having a bachelor’s degree in public administration, public finance or similar filed of study and at least five years experience working as an administrator in city or county government.

A job selection committee in Summit County expects to fill the position by September.

"We’re sending [advertisements] to Jobs Available, The Park Record, International City/County Management Association, the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities," Bellamy said. "My bet is it will probably come out of NACO or the ICMA, where people in the field are already out looking."

The deadline to submit resumes is June 12.

The manager is hired and fired by the Summit County Council.