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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Making the new intersection at Brown’s Canyon Road and State Road 248 safer for motorists could mean installing a streetlight to illuminate the area east of Park City.

"It is a problem, especially when it’s out in the boondocks and there is no ambient light," Summit County Engineer Derrick Radke said.

According to Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott, "We need a light there but we’re not going to pay for it."

The County Commission opposed plans to realign the west end of Brown’s Canyon Road with S.R. 248 in Wasatch County.

"Early on we didn’t like where the intersection was going to be located," Radke said.

To accommodate commercial development in the area, the Wasatch County Council moved Brown’s Canyon Road south roughly 1,000 feet on S.R. 248, a highway that connects Quinn’s Junction to Kamas.

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Houses and businesses could soon line Wasatch County’s portion of Brown’s Canyon Road, a thoroughfare for drivers commuting between Oakley and Park City.

"A stoplight (at the new intersection) is many years out and the streetlight is something that should be installed soon," Radke said, adding that Summit County won’t pay to operate the new light.

The Utah Department of Transportation usually pays to install streetlights placed near state roads while counties pay the electric bills, he added.

"Previously, we were paying for the light that was at the old intersection," Radke said, adding that more Wasatch County residents are expected to use the new road with development approved in the area.

Operating a streetlight costs roughly $30 per month, he said.

Permit approved for snowmobile operation

Planning commissioners in eastern Summit County approved a temporary permit Wednesday for a man to provide commercial snowmobile tours roughly 11 miles from Coalville.

John Morris plans to run the business, Adventure Snowmobiles, until April 1, 2008, on land he leases at the nearly 4,600-acre T.E. Moore Ranch near Chalk Creek Road.

"They will follow an existing road and stay well within the boundaries of the subject property," a staff report by Summit County planner Jennifer Strader states.

The tour guide has proposed to have no more than three five-person parties — or 15 snowmobiles — on the mountain at once, according to Strader.