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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Stephen Clingan, a plumber from eastern Summit County, denies that he is responsible for injuries suffered by a Park Meadows woman when she fell through a trap door inside her home.

But Sedona Callahan on Aug. 21 sued, Clingan, Art Fenski Plumbing Co., Inc., and Dennis Hulbert, the owner of Red Mountain Construction, in Third District Court at Silver Summit.

The contractor must compensate her for her injuries, she claims.

Clingan denies responsibility for Callahan’s injuries in a document filed in response to her claims Oct. 3.

After accessing a crawl space in her closet through a hatchway on the floor, the plumber left the door open while returning to his truck to obtain materials, Callahan’s lawsuit states.

According to the lawsuit, which requests a jury trial, Callahan seeks more than $20,000 in damages because she was not warned about the open door.

Hulbert admits he worked on the kitchen and laundry room at Callahan’s home on Lucky John Drive in an answer filed in Third District Court Sept. 5, but he denies responsibility for injuries she allegedly sustained in the fall.

Libertarians say change government

Libertarian Party brass in Summit County say voters should support changing the form of government in the county on Election Day.

According to Jeremy Ranch resident Gary Shumway, the party’s vice chair and a candidate for Statehouse, "There is a valid concern regarding the increased costs of adopting a council/manager form of government, but, I am somewhat mollified by the governance study committee’s statement that they had no intentions of raising taxes due to changes "

After a yearlong study that resulted in a recommendation to replace the current at-large, three-member Summit County Commission with a five-member county council who would be elected at large — and a hired executive manager, voters can decide Nov. 7 whether the recommendation should be adopted.

"More points of view means a more informed decision," according to Utah Libertarian Party chairman Rob Latham.

"The system used to elect the at-large County Commission seats entrenches only two viewpoints, and marginalizes everybody else," he continued.

More information about the governance proposal is available at http://www.summitcounty.org.

Deputy to receive bronze star

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. on Nov. 4 will recognize Summit County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Redd with the military’s bronze star medal.

"I’m obviously very honored to be awarded the bronze star," Redd said, insisting the fine caliber of troops serving under his command this year in Iraq helped make the recognition possible. "They’re probably as deserving as I am."

A member of the Utah Air National Guard, Redd returned to the United States in July after serving for about six months as a military police officer on a base near Tikrit, Iraq.

Was Old Ranch Road open space flattened without permit?

A Snyderville Basin man living near Quarry Mountain violated a Summit County development agreement when he flattened open space protected by a conservation easement near Old Ranch Road, Summit County Community Development Director Nora Shepard said.

"They got the approval of the homeowners association so they thought that everything was fine," she said, adding that no grading permit was issued by the county.

As county officials and the holder of the conservation easement, Utah Open Lands, investigated the case, Shepard told the Summit County Commission the man could face a fine and be required to restore land in the area.


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