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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

After planners and the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission recommended a proposal for a group to potential construct an assisted-living facility in Snyderville be denied, the developers are slated to make an appeal Wednesday to the Summit County Commission.

A public hearing on a rezone and sketch plan application to accommodate The Village at East Canyon Creek is scheduled among three hearings planned Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building auditorium at Kimball Junction.

Sheriff’s Office phones could go down Monday

Deputies are concerned that citizens won’t be aware Jan. 30 that phone lines manned typically by Summit County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers could be down for up to an hour.

Residents who contact the Sheriff’s Office around 5 p.m. and fail to reach a dispatcher should contact (435) 901-3024 or 2532, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brent Ball said.

"The 911 of course, that’s going to be up, that’s not going to be affected at all. If they have an emergency they need to call 911," Ball said. "But to the administrative offices it could be down for a few minutes, to maybe an hour, so we’ve got two cell phones."

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Rock crushing allowed

Neighbors are furious that rock crushing will continue to be allowed near Kamas at DC Transport and Excavation, Inc., at 3650 W. State Road 248.

The owner, David Cumming, is not allowed new blasting rights, however, can continue to crush rocks in accordance with past approvals, Summit County Community Development Director Nora Shepard said.

But opponents say vibrations from the blasting sometimes rattle dishes in their cupboards.

According to Cumming, DC Transport has been producing topsoil west of Kamas since the early 1990s.

New deputy county attorney

Summit County Attorney David Brickey has tapped Park City resident Helen Strachan as his newest deputy.

Strachan concentrates on mostly issues related to planning that are significant to eastern Summit County, Brickey said.

"[Strachan] is bright enough and astute enough that she’ll be able to see all of that as it develops," he added.

Twenty-eight people applied for the position, Brickey said, adding that Strachan has replaced deputy county attorney Renee Spooner, who is now employed full time by Summit County’s Mountain Regional Water Special Service District.

Brown takes issue with cop’s scrap-theft bill

Unless surrounding states participate with Utah in a push to crack down on thieves who target construction sites, the hands of lawmakers could be tied, said state Rep. Mel Brown, R-Coalville.

At issue is whether businesses buying valuable metal like copper tubing must identify the people from whom they purchase the materials.

"I don’t know at this point what were going to end up with," Brown said about a bill the Utah Legislature is currently considering to address the thefts. "It’s something we’d like to solve, but if we don’t get some buy in from surrounding states, it’s not going to do us a lot of good. They’ll just steal it here and market it somewhere else."

Detectives in Summit County say they have seen a recent rash of thefts of these metals at construction sites. But Senate Bill 44, sponsored by Sen. Jon Greiner, R-Ogden, might prove ineffective if other states refuse to enforce similar measures.

"It is an issue that we have some interest in and I’d like to see a solution to if we can come up with something that is workable and enforceable," Brown said. "I don’t think we’ve come to the right solution yet because of the problem in other states."

New rules, which do not regulate scrap iron or aluminum beverage containers, would apply to metal processors, those who deal secondary metals and recyclers, according to S.B. 44.

"It’s becoming a lucrative way for people to get money," Greiner said. "They’re stripping construction sites, homes, and taking the precious metals, copper, aluminum, out of the house and taking it down to a junk dealer."

Along with recording names and addresses, those regulated by the bill would be required to photograph the seller and the items purchased, Greiner said.

Tollgate prepares for disasters

Lacking a fire department to call their own, a group of Tollgate Canyon homeowners trained last year to respond if the neighborhood is threatened by a wildfire.

According to Tollgate resident Sara West, a second response team could train in 2007 to include residents near Bitner Road and in Stagecoach Estates.

Last year, a group of Tollgate residents banded together to form a team trained to respond to some emergencies in the rural subdivision near Wanship.

Free state parks for seniors

Legislation poised to pass the Utah Legislature this year would allow seniors 66 years and older, for a one-time fee, to obtain lifetime passes to Utah’s state parks, including Rockport and Jordanelle in the Park City area.

To cushion budget cuts a few years ago lawmakers reportedly discontinued the passes for seniors at state parks. Passage of House Bill 214 sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Allen, R-Bountiful, would reinstate the program.