Summit County Day returns to Tanger Outlet
Fostering a safe and secure community is a shared responsibility, according to Chris Cowley, Summit County’s emergency manager.
"I think it is the responsibility of everyone living in the community and I think it belongs to everyone here in Summit County," Cowley said. "That is definitely a theme that we talk about all the time."
To further encourage that conversation, the National Association of Counties recently declared it the theme for the annual County Day event on Saturday. Summit County is sponsoring the third annual County Day at the Tanger Outlets, near the lower-level playground, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Officials from various county departments and agencies will take part in the event, which will feature free food, giveaways and information booths, as well as demonstrations relating to the theme of ‘Safe and Secure Counties,’ with an emphasis on "protecting public safety, preserving residents’ health and well-being, and fostering conditions that promote economic growth."
The booths will be sponsored by staff from the public works, planning and health departments, Park City Fire District and the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office and Park City Fire District will offer vehicle tours and provide safety information for children. Summit County Council members and representatives from Mountain Regional Water District, Summit Community Power Works and Recycle Utah are also scheduled to attend.
Julie Booth, the county’s public information officer, said "every county citizen should attend this" and capitalize on the opportunity to engage with their local government.
"This is a chance to come out and ask questions about development in your neighborhood. The planners and the engineers will be there for people to ask questions about road projects," Booth said. "They can come to ask questions or don’t ask questions. Just come out and have fun and get to know who we are."
As part of the event, six employees will be recognized by their department heads for helping maintain a "safe and secure county," Booth said. The employees are: search and rescue member Kory Vernon, county attorney’s office investigator Christina Sally, deputy Jayme Hennefer, Park City Fire District firefighter Ashley Lewis, Health Department nurse Lynn Little and weed superintendent Dave Bingham. The County Council will present the awards at around 1 p.m.
Last year, about 150 people attended the event, Booth said, adding that it was an increase from the inaugural event the year before.
"It’s a slow thing to get built up because it’s a grassroots kind of effort," Booth said. "But I think it is the location that attracts everyone and that is why we went back there again. I am really hoping for a great turnout again. I mean we are offering this great way to come out and engage. Come see what we offer and learn more about some of our services."
Lt. Andrew Wright echoed Booth’s statements, saying the event provides a unique opportunity to interface with staff from the various departments, adding that the Sheriff’s Office has "really tried to become more involved with the community."
"We are here to educate and have a great relationship with you so this allows, among all the other community events we have been doing under Sheriff Martinez, an opportunity to be in a fun environment and a relaxed atmosphere," Wright said. "You can come ask us questions and see the different tools we have in the Sheriff’s Office. It allows us to let the community see what it is we can do and, in turn, gain their support to help make this a more safe and secure community."
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