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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

To avoid possibly interfering with television reception in the area the Summit County Commission might prevent All West Communications from expanding onto a site that houses TV transmission equipment in Woodland.

allowing the private company on the site owned by the county, commissioners are concerned others like those who sell cellular telephones would request permits, which could interfere with television reception in Summit and Wasatch counties.

"There are other sites where TV and cell phone sites are working together," said Darcy Kunz, a spokesman for All West Communications.

Allowing All West onto the property, however, countered the county’s communications expert, Ron Titcomb, "could be the end of TV at the site."

"You know Sprint is going to be there and you know Verizon is going to be there," Titcomb said.

Television reception for residents near Quarry Mountain in the Snyderville Basin "took a nose dive" when the county allowed cellular services to construct towers on that property, Titcomb explained.

"All this is at a cost to the county," he cautioned commissioners. "We still can’t get TV at Quarry like we could have."

"We can’t let All West in and not allow anyone else," Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme said.

Deputy Summit County attorney David Thomas advised against allowing All West onto the property unless other private vendors are welcome.

"If you let in one non-governmental entity then you basically have to let everybody in," he said.

Volunteer at Swaner Preserve

Stream restoration work will occur this spring near East Canyon Creek in the Snyderville Basin where the Swaner Nature Preserve seeks volunteers to help with the project.

"We will be harvesting dormant willows along Kimball Creek," according to Nell Larson, Swaner’s land and education co-manager. "We will be cutting willow branches, trimming them, and transporting them."

Volunteers are needed from 1 to 4 p.m. March 28, 29 and 30. Contact Larson at 649-1767 to register to volunteer.

Condominiums at Silver Creek

A developer at the Silver Creek Business Park hopes to convert seven existing buildings into 78 condominiums at the industrial area.

The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission Tuesday recommended approval for the Silver Creek Commons housing project.

Parking and landscaping for the project is in place, according to Summit County planner Tiffanie Northrup.

The project is situated between the North Pace and North Business Park Loop roads.

Sparks fly in trash debate

Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt last week criticized the procedures practiced at Summit County’s two landfills.

"My opinion is that there has been mismanagement of those landfills," Schmidt said. "We’re 30 years behind."

Construction-related trash like wood, concrete and green waste is not separated from other items placed in the dump, he protested.

Lengthening the life of the county’s landfill in Henefer means beginning to properly compact trash at the facility, Schmidt said.

He explained the county should require haulers separate concrete and green waste from their loads.

Park City mayor chairs Council of Governments

Park City Mayor Dana Williams will chair the Summit County Council of Governments in 2007.

The board, which is comprised of the Summit County Commission and mayors from the county’s six municipalities, last week, named Williams the chair, Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt vice chairman and Kamas Mayor Lew Marchant secretary/treasurer.

Restaurant Tax grants

Organizations wishing to be considered for 2007 Summit County Restaurant Tax grants must apply by March 30.

Visit the Web site summitcounty.org for information about how to apply. The forms are also available at the County Courthouse in Coalville, the Kamas County Services Building and the Sheldon Richins Building in the Snyderville Basin.

Each year since 1992 a committee has recommended to the Summit County Commission how to distribute money generated by a 1 percent tax levied on sales of prepared food.

In 2006 non-profit groups that work in Summit County received Restaurant Tax grants worth more that $1.3 million.

New fire chief in South Summit

Sworn in recently to replace former South Summit Fire Chief Mark Fry was Woodland resident John Moon.


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