January 6, 2023 – New County Manager, Swearing in Ceremonies, Community Visioning & Kimball Junction EIS Open Houses

County Manager 

In a special session on January 5, the Summit County Council unanimously appointed Shayne Scott as the new Summit County Manager. Shayne will begin February 7.

The County Council said the following in a joint statement:

“The Council deliberated in multiple sessions concerning the finalists to ensure we selected the best candidate to lead our organization. We believe Shayne will make an excellent County Manager and look forward to working closely with him in this role.”

A little background on Shayne…he served as the City Manager of Kaysville for more than six years. Before his time in Kaysville, he was the City Manager of Parowan City for six years. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems from Utah State University.

Following Tom Fisher’s resignation last July, County Council initiated an extensive process to recruit, evaluate and appoint a new county manager. This process included working with a national recruiting firm and a screening committee of county employees and county residents from a variety of backgrounds. Shayne was selected from three finalists who interviewed with the County Council and groups of elected county and municipal officials, department heads and community members. 

The Council also extended gratitude and appreciation to Janna Young for her dedication serving as Interim County Manager over the past six months. We echo that sincere thanks to Janna for stepping up and leading us well the last ½ a year. 

Welcome aboard to Shayne.

Swearing In Ceremonies

This week’s County Council meeting started out with back-to-back swearing-in ceremonies for the officials who were elected into office by voters this past November. 

Chris Robinson and Canice Hart were officially sworn in to the County Council. 

Margaret Olson was sworn in as the County Attorney; Cindy Keyes as the County Auditor; Justin Martinez as the County Sheriff; and Eve Furse as the County Clerk.

Finally, council member Roger Armstrong was appointed as the County Council Chair and Malena Stevens as the Vice Chair. They will serve in these roles for the next year.

Glenn Farewell 

Also, at this week’s council meeting, we said goodbye to Glenn Wright whose term on the County Council has come to an end. 

Since 2017, Glenn has been a fierce steward of the environment, helping to advance Summit County’s renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals through his leadership on the Community Renewable Energy Agency program and his heavy involvement in the County’s public lands program, as well as fuel reduction and fire mitigation efforts in the Wildland Urban Interface of the County. 

Glenn was a stalwart representative of the County in more ways we can mention. He will be greatly missed in his role on the County Council. Thank you for your service and dedication to improving the health, safety, and welfare of this community. Your work has helped make Summit County an all-around better place for those who live and visit here.

Community Visioning Open Houses 

Summit County is undertaking a community visioning plan to establish a roadmap for the future of our County! Please attend one of the three kick-off events to learn about the project and how to stay involved. 

The events will all take place from 6 – 8 PM on…. 

  1. Tuesday, January 17 at the Ledges Event Center  
  2. Thursday, January 26 at the Richins Building in Kimball Junction 
  3. And Tuesday, February 7 at the Kamas Branch of the Summit County Library. 

For more information please visit www.oursummitcounty.com 

Kimball Junction Open Houses 

Finally, UDOT is preparing an environmental impact statement or “EIS” to evaluate improvements at the I-80 and SR-224 interchange at Kimball Junction, and on SR-224 from Kimball Junction through the Olympic Parkway intersection in Summit County. 

The EIS is building on the work done in the Kimball Junction and SR-224 Area Plan which analyzed several solutions (30 to be exact!) and narrowed the options down to three alternatives. These include intersection and pedestrian improvements and larger, more complex transportation solutions all to be further evaluated in the EIS.

UDOT is hosting two public scoping meetings, one in-person and one virtual, to share information on the study and answer questions. 

The in-person open house is Jan. 10th from 5:30 – 8:00pm at Ecker Hill Middle School. The community will have an opportunity to review the materials and speak directly with team members. 

The virtual public meeting is on Jan. 11 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on Zoom, with a presentation followed by a question & answer session. 

In addition, a public scoping comment period for the project will be open until Jan. 27, 2023. Community members can give comment online at the bottom of the project website: kimballjunctioneis.udot.utah.gov. The website also has more information on the study, the public meetings so be sure to check it out.