Summit County Council will evaluate UAC membership
November 4, 2015
The Summit County Council will evaluate its membership with the Utah Association of Counties this week during a discussion with Executive Director Adam Trupp.
Wednesday’s County Council agenda lists ‘Discussion regarding value of UAC membership’ as a work session item scheduled for 2:45 p.m. According to the website, UAC is a state-wide organization supported by Utah’s 29 counties, including Summit County. It deals with land management, behavioral health care and advocacy for legislative issues, among several other topics.
County Council Chair Kim Carson, an at-large UAC Board of Director member, said council members have wanted to have a discussion with Trupp regarding the benefit of the county’s continued participation in UAC since this summer. At the time, UAC affiliates had said they were going to support San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman in his legal battle to fight federal sentencing charges stemming from an illegal ATV protest ride through Recapture Canyon.
"That concerned me and at that point I talked with council members and talked about having Adam come in. But that support did not end up happening so we kind of let it go for the meantime. Then with the nomination and vote of support of Commissioner Lyman, again we were very concerned," Carson said, adding she did not vote for Lyman when UAC recently named him Commissioner of the Year.
The work session will be an opportunity for council members to talk with Trupp about the value of the county’s UAC membership, Carson said. However, no decision will be made during the council meeting.
"We are taking the approach that people are concerned about issues and so we are glad to tell people what it is we are working on and what we are doing on their behalf," Trupp said.
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Trupp recently met with Salt Lake County officials who had expressed some of the same concerns as Summit County Council members. Trupp said the discussions were arranged to address county officials concerns about specific issues, including the group’s support of Lyman.
"I anticipate questions about Commission Lyman and about a lot of other issues they are worried about regarding environmental policy and natural resources," Trupp said. "There is a lot of ground to cover. One of the things that is important for people to recognize is that UAC is made up of an affiliation of a lot of different offices and it is not the association as a whole that supports Lyman. This is not a unified position on this concept with whatever it is in regards to Phil."
In a presentation prepared by Trupp that is available on the Summit County website, it lists several concerns that will be addressed during the council meeting, including the use of resources to support Lyman and public lands issues that the county does not favor.
"He knows we are serious about this and are very concerned and I appreciate him being so candid in UAC’s responses," Carson said.
Carson said she is leaning toward the county maintaining its membership because "there is important work that is done."
"I think there is value, mainly through their activities regarding legislation," Carson said. "They help us advocate for things we’d like to see passed and they help us fight to get things defeated that we feel will be harmful to our community and our citizens."
Any decision regarding the county’s continued participation in UAC would likely be made during the budget process, Carson said.
To view the presentation that will be made to council members, go to http://summitcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2713.
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