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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

After he was allegedly injured in a snowmobile collision with a guide in Park City, a New York man filed a lawsuit against Park City Snowmobile Adventures.

The plaintiff, Michael Williams, claims the company was hired Feb. 25, 2005, to take his family on a snowmobile tour in Summit County.

According to Williams, during the tour, the company’s guide landed on Williams after he launched a snowmobile into the air.

"[Williams’] guide acted negligently by failing to give sufficient riding instructions to plaintiff, taking plaintiff on a trail beyond [his] limited snowmobile abilities, riding his snowmobile in a reckless manner, failing to control his snowmobile, going faster than is reasonably prudent in an area of limited visibility, and failing to avoid colliding with the plaintiff," the lawsuit states.

Williams seeks damages from the company for his pain and suffering from, according to his lawsuit, physical and mental injuries and medical costs incurred as a result of the crash.

According to a court clerk, the defendant had been served this week but had not responded to the lawsuit.

Ousted: Race results don’t change

A recount has revealed that citizens in Wanship, Upton and Springhollow have removed incumbent Jana Ross from her seat on the North Summit School Board.

After Ross on Election Day was defeated by one vote by North Summit resident Vern Williams, she demanded a recount which last week confirmed that Williams received 229 votes and Ross 228.

After votes were recounted by hand, Summit County Clerk Sue Follett said the county audited results from eight percent of the 12 electronic voting machines used in the school board race.

"The state only required a five percent manual audit," Follett added.

Boost for Basin housing

Tax credits received last month by the developers of the Newpark Town Center at Kimball Junction could help build studio apartments for renters earning less than 37 percent of Snyderville’s median income of nearly $90,000 per year.

"This is huge," a letter from Newpark partner Marc Wangsgard to the Summit County Commission states. "It will satisfy a grossly underserved housing niche in a highly desirable location."

Newpark Town Center is situated east of S.R. 224 near the Basin Field House and Redstone Towne Center.

"The rents will be federally regulated and restricted for 15 years, followed by state regulation for another 84 years, minimum," according to Wangsgard, who claims the project is "very challenging and very needed."

According to Wangsgard, Kimball Junction is one the most expensive areas to build in the state.

Including the costs for utilities, he expects renters to be able to lease the studios for less than $600 per month.

Planning commissioner resigns

Members of the Summit County Commission say they are disappointed that South Summit resident Ray Milliner must resign from his post on the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission because he is moving to Salt Lake.

Milliner, who works as a planner for Park City Municipal, was appointed recently to serve a second term on the county’s planning commission on the East Side.

"I think [Milliner] has been a real asset to the Planning Commission," Summit County Planning Director Michael Barille said, adding that Milliner understands the land-use philosophies of native eastsiders. "He also is a mountain bike enthusiast and is someone who understands the newer philosophies of people who are moving into the area."


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