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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

A public open house at the Utah Olympic Park Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. will focus on the dearth of affordable housing in western Summit County.

"We’re committed to taking the time it takes to work with the community," Summit County Community Development Director Nora Shepard said.

Officials are struggling to provide incentives to builders to develop affordable housing in the Snyderville Basin while not upsetting neighbors. The open house will reportedly feature housing experts from Park City, Summit County, Mountainlands Community Housing Trust and the Utah Housing Corporation.

Summit County Power Co.?

Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott is exploring the possibility of county officials creating a power company to generate electricity with wind, garbage and solar energy from the sun.

Elliott said she met recently with officials from a startup wind power company interested in working with landowners east of Coalville.

"Could we investigate the possibility of the county initiating a power company?" Elliott asked a Summit County attorney. "Maybe we should in the (energy) business."

Library book sale

A book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Summit County Libraries will feature books published by Scholastic for 50 percent off at the library at Kimball Junction Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the sale benefit library services and resources provided free to residents of Summit County. The sale will take place in the auditorium adjacent to the library at 6505 N. Landmark Drive in the Snyderville Basin.

Contact (435) 615-3900 for more information.


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