Feds need money for cops Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff | ParkRecord.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Feds need money for cops Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff

Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff

For several years the U.S. Forest Service has paid Summit County $12,000 per year for deputies to patrol the Uinta Mountains. But last week, the Summit County Commission demanded $20,000 from the federal government to continue providing law enforcement in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

"I guess $12,000 is better than nothing if those are the two alternatives," Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said, adding that regardless of payment, state law requires county deputies respond to cases in the Uintas.

"We spend a lot of money on the forest," the sheriff said. "It is definitely an impact on Summit County."

As visitors flock to the Wasatch-Cache, narcotics incidents and cases of child abuse and domestic assault increase, Edmunds said, adding, "the number of people that are up there it’s shocking."

"They run the gamut. It’s like a city up there," he said.

One armed Forest Service officer, Darren Schiedel, is unable to patrol the entire Lakes Region along the Mirror Lake Highway, Edmunds said, conceding, "they’re understaffed ultimately it would be great if they had three or four (officers)." County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme questioned whether deputies should decrease their presence in the Uintas and only respond to the forest when contacted.

"It seems to me like the Forest Service could do more to help us financially," Woolstenhulme said. "We are too eager."

Before signing the agreement with the Forest Service Nov. 19, commissioners crossed out the $12,000 and inserted $20,000 as the payment required for the county’s services.

Edmunds criticized the Forest Service when after overseeing a four-day search for 11-year-old Brennan Hawkins last summer, the government sent the Sheriff’s Office a bill for the costs of emptying outhouses.

"We’re trying to find little boys that are lost in the woods and we get a bill from them for pumping out the latrines," he said, adding that the county didn’t pay the roughly $500 bill. "It’s these kinds of things."

Congress allocates money to the U.S. Forest Service to help compensate local deputies, however, the amount Summit County receives from the federal government hasn’t changed since the 1990s, said Tim Clark, a patrol captain in the Wasatch-Cache. "We only get so much and if I were to give Summit County an additional $8,000 that means that money has to come from some other county," Clark said. "It’s really tight."

Acknowledging the Sheriff’s Office’s responsibility to patrol the forest, the payment is "for them to do their law enforcement to further what their responsibilities are," he said.

Normal Normal Default Paragraph Font Default Paragraph Font Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonucciRC:Documents and SettingsprDesktoppatricks storys111905 forest money fight.doc Lisa AntonucciRC:Documents and SettingsprDesktoppatricks storys111905 forest money fight.doc Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonuccioC:Documents and SettingsprApplication DataMicrosoftWordAutoRecovery save of 111905 forest money fight.asd Lisa AntonucciRC:Documents and SettingsprDesktoppatricks storys111905 forest money fight.doc Lisa AntonucciRC:Documents and SettingsprDesktoppatricks storys111905 forest money fight.doc Lisa AntonucciRC:Documents and SettingsprDesktoppatricks storys111905 forest money fight.doc Lisa AntonucciRC:Documents and SettingsprDesktoppatricks storys111905 forest money fight.doc Lisa AntonucciRC:Documents and SettingsprDesktoppatricks storys111905 forest money fight.doc Lisa AntonucciRC:Documents and SettingsprDesktoppatricks storys111905 forest money fight.doc Lisa Antonuccic\SERVERBig Kahuna Grateful DriveAlphaCOUNTY DROP BOXCounty text111905 forest money fight.doc Lisa Antonuccic\SERVERBig Kahuna Grateful DriveAlphaCOUNTY DROP BOXCounty text111905 forest money fight.doc Unknown! Times New Roman Times New Roman Symbol Symbol 08303 freeway wreck 08303 freeway wreck Park_Rec Park_Rec Lisa Antonucci Lisa Antonucci 08303 freeway wreck Park_Rec Normal Lisa Antonucci Microsoft Word 9.0 08303 freeway wreck Root Entry 1Table 1Table WordDocument WordDocument SummaryInformation SummaryInformation DocumentSummaryInformation DocumentSummaryInformation CompObj CompObj ObjectPool ObjectPool Microsoft Word Document MSWordDoc Word.Document.8


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Park City and Summit County make the Park Record's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User