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The Summit County Commission named Snyderville residents Julie Lawson and Richard Krebs to the 5-person administrative control board for the Mountain Regional Water Special Service District.

"They conduct the day-to-day business of the district excluding some of the legal [issues]," said Marti Gee, a spokeswoman for Mountain Regional. "They also make recommendation on rates."

Planning commissioners reappointed

Eastern Summit County Planning Commissioners Tony Powell and John Blazzard have been named to serve additional 3-year terms on the board.

Props for rural water users

At the group’s 2007 annual convention, the Rural Water Association of Utah recognized North Summit resident Dennis Gunn with its Outstanding Service by a Wastewater Operator award.

"That’s not the first award that [Gunn] has received," Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said. "He is a real asset to the city."

Overseeing Coalville’s sewer system for Gunn is a "one-man operation," the mayor added.

"The effluent that we put out is a really quality effluent," Schmidt said.

For nearly two decades Gunn has worked for Coalville City operating the area’s wastewater treatment plant.

Meanwhile, for his work going the "extra mile," the association also recognized Coalville Public Works Director Doug Moore.

Moore has worked for the city for about 32 years and has "done a great job for Coalville," said the mayor.

"When you’re a public works director it seems to me like you always catch all the grief but you never catch the praise," said Schmidt who added that Moore has worked for the city for more than 30 years. "A lot of times when things go right the [politicians] get the praise and the guys who were actually doing the work to make it happen, they don’t even get mentioned."

High quality employees at Coalville City mean the area could soon experience an economic boon, Schmidt said, adding that, "they never get the accolades that they deserve."

"We hit the bottom and we’ve turned the corner and we’re on the way back up," he said, adding, "it’s the guys who work for the city day in and day out who make it happen."

Last chance to volunteer

Today is the deadline to apply to serve on a committee slated to advise the Summit County Commission about how to develop non-motorized trails in eastern Summit County.

"This is a great opportunity for enthusiastic individuals who are horse riders, cyclists, walkers, mothers, fathers, skiers, runners, or individuals with experience in the health, planning, recreation, transportation, or legal fields," according to a press release from Summit County.

For information about how to apply contact county planner Don Sargent at (435) 336-3125 or trail planner Trish Murphy at (435) 640-2196. The deadline to receive applications is March 21.

River rats: Heads up

A public hearing today could address whether the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission should approve a conditional use permit to help All Season Adventures outfit commercial river trips in North Summit.

The permit would allow a staging area to be constructed south of Henefer between Echo Frontage Road and Interstate 84, according to a staff report from the Summit County Community Development Department.

All Seasons Adventures is based near The Canyons resort, according to Summit County planner Denise Hytonen.

"For the past several years, they have been running river trips down the Weber River," Hytonen’s staff report states.

River trips would be operated from the new site during the day from June to August.

"The average group will have approximately 20 participants; however the groups can be as large as 50," according to the staff report.

The Planning Commission meeting March 21 starts at the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville at 7 p.m.


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