County Watch Compiled by Patrick Parkinson
After recently paying around $200,000 to study traffic improvements at Kimball Junction and $50,000 to study the potential impacts of growth at Quinn’s Junction, Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme is ready to rely on staffers and a committee of citizens to help determine the future of the county’s landfills.
"I’m not convinced that we get our money’s worth out of these cock-eyed studies," Woolstenhulme said, about the debate over multi-million dollar landfill improvements expected to be necessary within the next several years.
County officials have recently implemented curbside recycling service, upped its tipping fees at the landfill and they will soon decide whether to renew the county’s controversial contract with its private waste hauler, BFI, in an attempt to preserve dump space.
With landfills operating currently in Three Mile Canyon near Rockport Reservoir and Henefer, finding property for another could be challenging.
"We really are basically starting from scratch these are very technical issues," said Kevin Callahan, administrator for Summit County Public Works. "I don’t have the background."
He expects to pay a private consultant between $75,000 and $100,000 to provide recommendations.
According to Woolstenhulme, Summit County’s landfills will be mostly filled within 25 years.
"I want to be 25 years out on the decision that we make here," County Commissioner Sally Elliott said.
The county’s citizens solid waste advisory committee will determine how a private consultant could be utilized and report back to commissioners in a few weeks, Callahan said. Parking restrictions in effect
Motorists who park on the street in Summit County and impede snow removal between Nov. 1 and April 30 could be cited or have their vehicles towed. Basin noise rules tweaked
After late-night construction recently raised the ire of a group of Jeremy Ranch residents, the Summit County Commission will allow construction crews to work until 9 instead of 11 p.m.
"I think 11 is unreasonable," Summit County Engineer Derrick Radke said. "11 o’clock is too late."
County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme said, "common sense would dictate" when exceptions to the curfew must be made.
"Agricultural will still be exempt," Radke said.
ParkWest residents have complained to him recently about a Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District crew working late installing a pipe in the area. Harvest a Christmas tree
Permits will be available this week from the U.S. Forest Service to harvest Christmas tress in several areas around Summit County. The limit is one tree per household.
In the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, trees can be cut down in the Evanston and Mountain View ranger districts. Permits go on sale Nov. 18 for $10. Permits for the Evanston district must be purchased at either the district office, 1565 South Highway 150 Suite A, Bear River Lodge, roughly 30 miles south of Evanston, or Sportsworld, inside Jubilee Foods on Front Street in Evanston. Contact the Evanston Ranger District at (307) 789-3194 for more information.
Permits for the Mountain View Ranger District can be purchased for $10 at the district office, 321 Highway 414, in Mountain View, (307) 782-6555, or Mountain View’s Maverick Country Store.
Lodgepole pines are most common but any species can be harvested.
Permits are sold out in Heber and have not been available for several years in the Kamas Ranger District because of a bark-beetle infestation.
Trees must be cut no higher than six inches from the ground and at least 300 feet from any road.
"Tree topping is not allowed," a recent Forest Service press release states. "Do not cut the tops of trees, or cut down a large tree just to take the top." For information about Christmas tree permits near Flaming Gorge, Vernal or Duchesne, contact the Ashley National Forest at (435) 789-1181.
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