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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

A push underway by "concerned citizens" seeks to "return Summit County to an honest place to live and work!"

"Do you feel a state or local [official] may be on the take?" states a flyer faxed to machines in the area last week asking people if government officials have treated them unfairly.

"Are you aware of state or local officials accepting gifts from the public (Ski passes, golf, trips, etc)?" the flyer asks. "If you have any concerns that public trust has been betrayed by individuals holding public office, the FBI wants to hear from you."

calling a tip line at (866) 502-7423 information about public corruption can be left anonymously with the FBI.

Decisions for new planning commissioners loom

The Summit County Commission expects to announce soon who will fill two open seats on the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission after 11 applicants were interviewed last week.

Those interviewed included: Lloyd Smith, Doyle Pergande, Michael O’Brien, Jennifer Hansen, Jim Hogan, Flint Decker, Dennis Chart, Benjamin Castro, Julie Hooker, John Ball and Robert Barron Mosteller.

Basin Planning Commissioner Bruce Taylor plans to retire from the board. A seat is also expiring for Tom Brennan, who applied to serve another term but missed his interview March 7.

Road work planned at night near Kimball Junction

The Utah Department of Transportation hopes homes are far enough away that crews working this summer at night on State Road 224 won’t disturb citizens.

"They’re proposing to do night/weekend work in order to get this done," Summit County Engineer Derrick Radke said.

The state plans to overlay S.R. 224 with new asphalt between Bear Hollow and Interstate 80.

UDOT was advised to minimize lighting and noise when possible, Radke insists.

"They’ll be there for two weeks," Radke said adding that by working at night crews could finish the project several weeks early.

UDOT hasn’t specified dates the state will be working at night.

"Over a short duration people can usually deal with it and accept it," Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer said.

6-year-olds cannot drive ATVs

This year the Utah Legislature trampled a bill proposed by Rep. Aaron Tilton, R-Springville, which would have made it legal for 6-year-olds to operate all-terrain vehicles, such as motorcycles or four-wheelers.

Though polls showed Utahns overwhelmingly opposed the measure, House Bill 237 would have reduced the minimum age for operating an ATV in Utah to 6.

The bill passed the House with a 40-29 vote but wasn’t debated by the full Senate before time expired in the Legislature’s 2007 general session.

Votes were split between the two members of the State House who represent Summit County on Utah’s Capitol Hill. Rep. Mel Brown, R-Coalville, supported the measure, while Rep. Christine Johnson, D-Salt Lake City, voted against the bill.

Protective orders for pets?

After the Utah House of Representatives approved the measure, a bill that would have extended the provisions of protective orders to pets failed on an 11-15 vote in the state Senate.

Animals can become victims of violence in situations of domestic abuse and people who are victims sometimes stay in abusive situations out of fear that their pets might be injured, according to Rep. Scott Wyatt, the Republican from Logan who sponsored House Bill 342.

Sen. Kevin Van Tassell, a Republican who represents Park City on Capitol Hill, voted against the bill.


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