Salem resigns from Basin Planning Commission
Chair of the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission Bassam Salem announced his resignation from the Commission on Thursday morning with a year and half left in his term.
Salem was reappointed in 2011 to his third term on the Planning Commission and has served for over five years. He said his resignation is not political or due to frustration with the county.
"I really wanted to stay and continue serving, but my workload and family obligations were too much and I couldn’t devote the time to the Commission that was needed," Salem said. "The meeting we had last night [Wednesday] between Park City and the Basin almost made me change my mind because it was so productive and exciting."
Salem is an executive at a software company in Salt Lake City, and said between that and his two small children, he became too busy to continue to serve.
"I thought being on the Commission would only impact one night a week but it was a lot more than that and I have other commitments," Salem said, adding that while serving on the Commission he has made many rewarding and long lasting relationships and thanked his other commissioners for all of their help.
In an email, Summit County Community Development Director Don Sargent thanked Salem for all he had done and said his leadership abilities and constructive attitude would be sorely missed.
When asked what his largest accomplishment on the Commission has been, Salem said he can’t take credit for anything since he was only a small part of the process. But he did summarize his five years into one word, "CORE."
"CORE passed one week after I was appointed to the Commission," Salem said. "From then on I have seen the ramifications of it, saw it repealed, and everything else associated with it. It has been interesting to see everything that happened regarding this one program."
Bruce Taylor, who was appointed to the Commission in 2010, will replace Salem as chair. The Summit County Council will appoint someone to serve the remainder of Salem’s term.
Two people indicated in interviews they are considering mounting campaigns for the Park City Council, a signal the City Hall election could attract an intriguing slate of candidates in a year when the majority of the five seats are on the ballot.