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Wed/Thurs/Fri, March 22-24, 2017 The Park Record A-3 COUNTY SEAT COUNTY EDITOR: ANGELIQUE McNAUGHTON 649-9014 EXT. 112 | Countynews@parkrecord.com Study backs up sewer talks County hopes the results will guide future development ANGELIQUE MCNAUGHTON The Park Record Phil Bondurant, director of Environmental Health with the Summit County Health Department, says he hopes the results of a two-year water quality study will help guide future development on both sides of the county. Earlier this year, the Health Department released its ﬁndings from the Summit County Water Quality and Septic Density Study. Bondurant is scheduled to present the results to the County Council today, Wednesday, at 4 p.m. at the County Courthouse in Coalville. Bondurant said the study assessed the connection between the distribution and density of wastewater systems and water quality. According to a staff report, the purpose of the study was to identify speciﬁc subdivisions within the county that should be considered for sewer or limited to advanced septic systems. “We want to use that information to create a map with these zones where we say septic is allowed in this area or isn’t, or an advanced system is required,” Bondurant said. “That’s to create clarity for homebuilders and homebuyers. “What we are trying to accomplish is take what we have learned from the West Side and apply it to the East Side,” he said. Bondurant said a “considerable amount” of time has been spent repairing old or failing septic systems on the West Side of the county. He added, “That is the reason we have been such advocates and really pursuing the idea of getting sewer to Silver Creek.” “That’s where we have been ANGELIQUE MCNAUGHTON/PARK RECORD The Summit County Health Department recently completed a twoyear water quality study assessing the connection between wastewater systems and water quality. Health officials are hoping the results will be used to identify areas in the county that should be considered for sewer or limited to advanced septic systems. with everything on the East Side. It appears we are being hyper-aggressive and trying to limit development, but actually it’s the exact opposite,” Bondurant said. “We are going to get out in front of this because we know it is coming so let’s put some regulations in place.” The study found a portion of the county is not equipped to handle septic development, however, other areas are. Bondurant said the waterways from East Canyon Creek are impaired, in part, because of septic systems. “So we have started toward running sewer to Silver Creek and we have other areas that need it, but these are multi-million projects,” Bondurant said. “The resident is in a very tough spot because they hear rumors circulating that we are going to make them sign up for sewer and that’s not true. They are caught between a rock and a hard place.” Concerns about the availability of sewer and similar infrastructure have been raised recently as the County Council is considering amendments to the Eastern Summit County Development Code. SHERIFF’S REPORT Troopers with the Utah Highway Patrol arrested a man in Wasatch County after he allegedly brandished a weapon at another driver in the Kimball Junction area, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce. On Friday, March 17, dispatch received a report about a road rage incident that occurred after a white Subaru allegedly cut off another vehicle at the roundabout in front of the Whole Foods store on Newpark Boulevard, causing the driver to honk at the Subaru. The driver of the Subaru reportedly had a handgun in his hand, but never pointed it at the other driver. Troopers stopped the suspect’s vehicle near mile marker 15 on U.S. 40 and found him in possession of a gun, but he denied producing the weapon during the altercation, a report states. The suspect was arrested on preliminary charges of driving under the inﬂuence of alcohol and was booked into the Wasatch Ofﬁcials have said the amendments would create several new zones and provide property owners with more ﬂexibility and development opportunities. However, residents claim certain areas are not capable of handling increased density because of the lack of sewer infrastructure. The County Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the amendments today, Wednesday, at 6 p.m. in the County Courthouse. “We are not saying don’t increase density. We are saying it should be done as long as there is infrastructure there,” Bondurant said. We don’t want to continue to ﬁght the same battle we have been ﬁghting on the West Side on the East Side. “We want to be able to ensure that the sewer water is being handled in the best possible way,” he said. To view the county staff report prepared for the meeting, go to http://summitcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/4703. To view the results of the water quality study go to, http://www.summitcountyhealth.org/environmentalhealth/septic-analysis-2016/ Summit County is scheduled to host two public open houses later this month to reveal the first draft of the county’s Resource Management Plan. The plan covers the county’s goals, strategies and objectives for managing water quality and hydrology, flood plains, wetlands, wildlife, noxious weeds, livestock and grazing, and energy resources, among others, on the county’s public lands. The first open house is scheduled to take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Sheldon Richins Building. The second open house will be from 5:30 p.m. come out of hiberNatioN aNd iNto a dyNamic work eNviroNmeNt! Co-Working Space Reception Services Private Offices Conference Rooms County Jail. The Summit County Attorney’s Ofﬁce will also be screening the case for potential charges. According to the Sheriff’s Ofﬁce, deputies responded to numerous calls between Tuesday, March 14, and Saturday, March 18, including a hit-and-run case. Monday, March 20 Someone stole two ﬁve-gallon Please see Sheriff, A-4 COUNTY BRIEFS PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES FOR RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DRAFT PLAN assemble New SeaSoN ~ New Space PARK CITY For details please contact Angela at 435-200-1312 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.assembleparkcity.com Located in Newpark @ Kimball Junction We publish stories about what’s happening in the world of Summit County students & educators in every Wednesday edition. To contact Park Record’s Education Editor call 435-649-9014 ADVENTURES AWAIT YOU IN until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville. Those who can’t attend are encouraged to provide input online between March 29 and April 14. The open house materials will be available in an online survey that can be accessed by visiting http://summitcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/4688. 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