Summit County Council to hold spring open houses
Several years ago Summit County came up with a way for community members to engage with their elected leaders outside of public meetings and formal settings.
The county is continuing to provide the opportunity by hosting three “Conversations with Council” gatherings during the next several weeks, a unique occasion for residents to learn about issues facing the community and discuss them with County Councilors over breakfast or a cup of coffee.
The county has held similar events during the past few years at restaurants on both ends of the county. However, the upcoming gatherings are also designed as open houses and will be held in county facilities. County staffers will be at the events, along with representatives from various special service districts and agencies.
“We do have things going on in all three corners of the county. But, it’s not just us,” said Krachel Murdock, Summit County spokeswoman. “Some of the special service districts have big projects coming up. This is an opportunity for people to come out and talk with different agencies who provide services in Summit County.”
Two County Councilors are expected to attend each event.
Councilors Chris Robinson and Glenn Wright are slated to be at the Ledges Event Center in Coalville Tuesday. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wright will also join Councilor Kim Carson at the Sheldon Richins Building in Kimball Junction Thursday, May 2, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Carson and Councilor Doug Clyde will attend the final event Friday, May 3, at the South Summit County Services Building from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. Food will be served at each event.
Murdock suspects that a variety of topics specific to the areas of the county where they are being held will be addressed at each event.
“Putting this open house together we looked at what the hot topics seem to be,” she said. “We are almost to the end of April, four months into 2019, and we really looked at what people have been talking about with us and on social media.”
Murdock said staffers who can speak specifically to the Jeremy Ranch interchange improvement project, slated to begin this spring, will be on hand for the event in Kimball Junction. She also anticipates residents will want to discuss the Kimball Junction neighborhood plan.
“We will have staff there to speak about that and we will have our public works director there to talk about all the road construction projects going on countywide,” she said. “Other hot topics include the new lighting ordinance that was just passed. People have a lot of questions about what that means for the light on their home or business.”
Representatives from the Utah Department of Transportation are expected to attend the event in Kamas to go over road projects that are scheduled throughout the county this year. County staffers will also likely address the ongoing construction of the bridge in Hoytsville, which is expected to resume within the next couple of weeks.
Murdock said roughly 20 people typically attend the events. She said she is hoping for similar attendance or higher, especially since one of the events is going to be held in the evening.
“We hope that people who have questions and concerns about what is being done in local government will come out and visit with us,” she said. “We are providing a platform outside of a Council setting for people will feel more inclined to visit with us more casually. We are just hoping to make this as pleasant of an experience for everyone who cares about the decisions being made at the county level.”
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