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County Watch

Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

The Summit County Commission refused to give officials in Salt Lake County $10,000 to study whether a trail should be built near Summit Park to connect Salt Lake to the Snyderville Basin.

"It seems that we’re more concerned about building trails than we are roads," said Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme, who voted against helping Salt Lake County fund a feasibility study to determine whether a trail should be built in Parleys Canyon.

But with a 2-1 decision, Commissioners Sally Elliott and Bob Richer delayed the discussion to another day.

"It goes around Summit Park and uses the old highway," said Elliott, explaining the proposal to her colleagues.

But she admitted she wouldn’t likely ride the rugged bike trail that could cross under Interstate 80 east of Lambs Canyon.

"I’d like to have some more information about this so we’re not just throwing $10,000 into the wind," County Commissioner Bob Richer said. "Do we want to study something that we don’t think we’re going to do?"

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But Elliott insisted there "is a great deal of support for this."

"I’m not in favor of it," Woolstenhulme countered.

Wal-Mart expansion gets nod

The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission is scrutinizing a request to expand the Wal-Mart at 6546 N. Landmark Drive in Kimball Junction.

A conditional use permit would allow a builder to make the 71,844 square-foot store 43,900 square-feet larger, according to a report from the Summit County Community Development Department.

The additional area would increase the size of the sales floor by roughly 36,000 square-feet, which would primarily be located at the north side and rear of the building.

Expansion won’t turn the store into a Super Wal-Mart with groceries, Summit County planner Kimber Gabryszak explained.

"The applicants do not expect traffic flow to the store to greatly increase," states the report, which adds that much of the extra space will be used to eliminate outdoor storage.

The expansion will eliminate the store’s garden center.

Plan on track for county’s seniors

To receive state and federal grants for providing services like in-home meals to senior citizens, the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG) approved a plan to serve senior citizens in Summit and Wasatch counties for four more years, states a press release from the group.

Mountainland’s goals for the next four years include:

Providing services to seniors with the greatest economic and social needs with in-home medical care a priority

Developing an emergency preparedness plan for seniors

Removing barriers to diagnosis and treatment of mental illness among senior citizens

Implementing programs to help seniors reduce the risks of injuries, disease and disability

Advocating for additional transportation services for seniors

Officials at Mountainland Association of Governments expect the gaps in service and funding needs for seniors to significantly widen in the next decade as the senior population along the Wasatch Back increases 58 percent.

Coalville goes to the dogs

Slated for construction at 650 E. Chalk Creek Road in Coalville, Bark City Country Club will provide eastsiders places to board puppies.

Plans include a 60 by 100 foot arena with an enclosed pool for training horses, a report from the Summit County Community Development Department states.

The applicant, Pam Rapplean, will convert two existing garages on the property to kennels for a maximum of 30 pets to stay overnight. constantly interacting with the animals kennel staffers claim noise will be kept to a minimum.

Golf course in Wanship: approved

Planning commissioners approved a permit for the Cherry Canyon Pitch and Putt, a nine-hole golf course slated for construction in Wanship.

Course developer Robert Burns intends to build the course on Cherry Canyon Road east of Wanship.

On the land slated for the golf course, a driving range has been operating since 2006.

According to Summit County planners, the course won’t impact deer and elk that use the property for winter range.

"The applicant is aware of and accepts the damage that may occur with wildlife on and around the golf course," a staff report from the Summit County Planning Department states. "Any new fencing on the property should be wildlife friendly to allow safe passage of wildlife through the area."

Bald eagle numbers are soaring

Today the number of bald eagles in the lower 48 states has climbed from 417 nesting pairs in 1963 to an estimated 9,780 nesting pairs, which is a new high.

The updated estimate is based on information gathered since 2004, according to a press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Minnesota, Florida and Wisconsin have the most bald eagles, the press release states.

The bald eagle is protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. More information about eagles is available by visiting http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/BaldEagle.html.