January 5, 2024 – Council Chair + Vice Chair, 2024 Election Info, Upcoming Ure Ranch Open House & Summit County Travel Dashboard

Today, we cover…

  • A recap of this week’s county council meeting.
  • Some important info on the 2024 election cycle.
  • An upcoming community open house where folks can learn about and share thoughts on possible land uses for the Ure Ranch property.
  • A reminder about the Summit County Travel Dashboard, a great tool that can help you plan your trips in and around the county with travel times, live traffic cameras, digital road signs, and local weather forecasts.


At the first County Council meeting of 2024, the Council appointed this year’s Council Chair and Vice Chair. Malena Stevens will serve as Chair, and Tonya Hanson will serve as Vice Chair! 

Also at this week’s meeting the council was given their 2024 committee assignments. Basically, these committee assignments designate which council members will have a deeper involvement and representation in various issues across the county. For example, Tonja and Chris will serve as Open Space Liasons throughout the year and Malena will act as the Early Childhood Alliance Liaison, and so on. 

For a full list of committee assignments, visit summitcounty.info/committees


We wanted to take a moment to remind our listeners about some important things you’ll want to know NOW for the 2024 Election Cycle. 

First, if you’re planning to file to run for office in 2024, you must do so before January 8th, 2024 (so that’s this coming MONDAY). For a full list of the offices to be filled at the regular general election, you can visit summitcounty.info/noticeofelection.

In the past, the filing period has been in MARCH. Anyone who is currently in office is likely aware of this change, but anyone thinking about filing may not be aware.

Second, the last day to change your political party affiliation for the 2024 Primaries is January 9, 2024. This coming TUESDAY! 

Next, to register, view, or update your voter registration go to www.vote.utah.gov. You might need to do this if you’ve moved recently, aren’t yet registered to vote, or want to vote in a 2024 primary for the Republican, Libertarian, or Constitution parties and are not yet registered with one of those parties.

Finally, if you’d like to receive a Democratic Ballot and are not a registered Democrat, you need to update your registration at www.vote.utah.gov requesting one or request one in writing.

If you have any questions about the 2024 Election Cycle, please contact the Summit County Clerk’s Office at elections@summitcounty.org or 435-336-3040.


In March 2023, Summit County entered into an option agreement with the Ure family to acquire their approximately 834-acre farm in the Kamas Valley. To fund the purchase, Summit County will combine 2021 GO Bond (or Open Space) funds with funds from Summit Land Conservancy, limited development opportunities, state and federal grants, and other open space partners.

A Community Open House will be held on January 22nd from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Kamas Services Building located at 110 N. Main St. in Kamas, to learn about and contribute ideas and feedback on possible land use. Childcare and light dinner will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

While no decisions have been finalized for the entirety of the property use yet, the County is committed to preserving the majority of the wet meadows as protected agriculture and open space. The remainder of the property is being considered for historic preservation, education space, community gathering venues, recreation opportunities, continued agriculture/ranching production, and community housing or local family businesses.

So mark your calendars for January 22nd from 6pm to 8pm at the Kamas Services Building. We hope to see you there!


And, finally, in case you missed it, last year, together with UDOT and Park City Municipal, Summit County launched a Summit County Travel Dashboard. You can use this brand new tool to get updates every 10-20 minutes on travel times & road conditions for state routes in Summit County. 

It’s a great way to help ensure a safe trip, especially with the increased traffic ski season and sundance will continue to bring the next couple months! Visit summitcounty.udot.utah.gov to check it out!