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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

The Summit County Commission hopes a new hearing officer in the planning department will help expedite complaints from citizens about neighbors who violate zoning codes in the Snyderville Basin.

Silver Creek resident John Tinklepaugh recently blasted the county for not holding homeowners in western Summit County accountable.

"That’s sort of sad," he told commissioners. "The county is not interested in enforcing violations in Silver Creek."

Citations currently issued by code enforcement officers are useless, Tinklepaugh claimed.

"It’s like a cop waving at you to slow down, but you keep on driving," he said. "You might slow down two or three miles an hour, but as soon as you see him heading down the road, you’re right back up there."

Gerald Anderson continues to violate development codes on property in Silver Creek, said Tinklepaugh, who added that Anderson was recently fined $1,000.

"For whatever reason, everything is exactly the same," Tinklepaugh said while alleging that a dead horse was buried in the neighborhood. "It has no effect."

Those who own home-based businesses in Silver Creek also break the law, he said.

"When employees are driving to the business, picking up a truck and driving off again, this is something that is quite obvious," Tinklepaugh told the commission.

He blasted Rob Weyher, who operates Weyher Construction, for parking equipment in the neighborhood.

"[Weyher] now has semi-tractor trailer trucks [and] other trucks parked there, and employees arriving," Tinklepaugh said. "Here is somebody who unfortunately represents all of us who is not exactly in the spirit of the law."

The owner of a hay business who was cited by county code enforcement officer Leslie Rushton "still has trucks there, he still brings hay in, he is still operating his business," Tinklepaugh says.

"These examples are never-ending," he said, adding, "I could go out and get 20 more."

Perhaps some of Summit County’s ordinances aren’t enforceable, County Commissioner Bob Richer speculated.

"We have always directed [employees] to move forward and enforce the rules and regulations," Richer said. "If we cannot enforce them then I think we’ve got to come to that reality."

Repeat offenders could have their business licenses taken away, he said, adding, "that is a pretty draconian solution, but we passed that."

"We are always trying to find better ways to do the enforcement thing," Summit County Community Development Director Nora Shepard said. "The process is slow and it can be frustrating."

But "what one person thinks is junk, another person probably thinks is art," she said.

County to likely collaborate with People’s Health Clinic

The Summit County Health Department is moving forward with its plans to cooperate with the People’s Health Clinic to construct a roughly 20,000 square-foot building to house both organizations at Quinn’s Junction.

"We’re looking at the facility in terms of joint use," People’s Health Clinic spokesman Mike Andrews said. "We’re ready to go."

Intermountain Health Care, which owns land at Quinn’s Junction slated for a hospital, has agreed to provide the clinic free property near the new. campus, Andrews said.

Commissioner Sally Elliott suggested the county’s health department headquarters move to the new building from Coalville.

"What you have [in Coalville] is just totally inadequate," she told Steve Jenkins, who is the county’s health department director.

The People’s Health Clinic has outgrown its location in Park City, Andrews said, insisting the center is on track to treat 3,000 patients in 2007.

"The help and cooperation of IHC in providing this land and the vision of the county commissioners and Jenkins in seizing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide for a one-stop site for medically-related services for county residents is to be commended and applauded," Andrews states in a recent press release.

The People’s Health Clinic provides medical care to uninsured residents of Summit and Wasatch counties.

Moving the health department to Quinn’s Junction from the Sheldon Richins Building will help free up needed space at Kimball Junction, according to County Commissioner Ken Woolstehulme.


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