December 4, 2007
The announcement this week that Summit County and Park City Municipal are planning to pool their resources to purchase a scenic strip of open space has renewed our faith in both. The 183 acres are adjacent to S.R. 224 across from the McPolin Farm.
Maybe it is because two of Summit County’s Commissioners, Bob Richer and Sally Elliott, once served on the Park City Council that the two groups have been able to work so well together recently. But all of the members of both panels should be congratulated.
But for those of us familiar with past battles waged between the city and the county this new era of cooperation is cause for celebration.
Over the last five years, city and county residents have seen their tax dollars going toward joint ventures like an ice skating rink, trail planning and an extended public transit system. That is a lot better than when public agencies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars suing each other, supposedly on behalf of their constituents.
Granted, there are times when city and county agendas may differ, but when it comes to larger issues like environmental stewardship, their futures are intertwined. Clean air and water, public health and traffic issues, along with economic upswings and downfalls, know no boundaries.
The Council and the Commission are setting an excellent example for other agencies around the state. Too often, time and money are wasted on turf conflicts. In this case it is a pleasure to highlight bureaucracy at its best.