Summit County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah, occupying a rugged and mountainous area. The population was 36,324. Its county seat is Coalville, and the largest city is Park City. The county was created in 1854 and later organized in 1861. It is so named because it includes 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah. The county’s mean elevation is 8,388 feet (2,557 m) above sea level, which is the second-highest of any county outside Colorado. Owing to its proximity to Salt Lake City, Park City has acquired a reputation as an upscale getaway, bringing new development to the area.
Summit County comprises the Summit Park, UT Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT Combined Statistical Area. Summit County, found entirely in the Uinta Mountains, receives its name from the many mountain summits that are found within the county borders. For thousands of years, the area was a traditional hunting ground for the Shoshone and Ute tribes. In 1846 the ill-fated Donner-Reed parties were the first to take “a shorter route” on their way to California. They traveled down Echo Canyon and beyond. The group built a trail, part of which was later used by the Mormon pioneers on their way to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The area became a mining district around 1860 when coal was found in the city now known as Coalville, the county seat. Mining the land near Park City began to produce silver, lead, and zinc.
While the city produced mining products for over 50 years the city almost became a ghost town in the 1950’s when mining became too expensive. The skiing industry came to the rescue in the 1960’s when Park City became known as a ski town. In 1957 the town of Rockport was purchased by the national government to build the Wanship dam. After building the dam the town of Rockport was flooded to create Rockport Reservoir that still is in use today. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City was home to many events including the Bobsled, Luge, Skeleton, Nordic Jumps, and Snowboarding. The Utah Olympic Park and the Park City Mountain Resort are open to visitors who want to see where the events took place or even try out the sports. Each January the streets of Park City are filled with stars, people from Hollywood, during the annual Sundance Film Festival that brings thousands of visitors to Park City to see the newest independently made films. Park City has made more money as a ski resort community than it ever did in mining. There are many things to do year round in Summit County. While recreation has provided much economically for Summit County, many farms and lakes still dot the land and are equally important to the state.
Cities In Summit County Utah
• Park City
• Silver Summit CDP
• Summit Park
Other Populated Places in Summit County
• Bountiful Peak Summer Home Area
• Castle Rock
• Christmas Meadow Summer Home Area
• Echo Resort
• Jeremy Ranch
• Keetley Junction
• Kimball Junction
• Silver Creek Junction
• Silver Springs
Lawyers in Summit County Utah
Here are some of the areas of law that the attorneys at Ascent Law LLC practice for their clients in Summit County Utah:
The Summit County Courthouse was built during 1903 to 1904. It was the third courthouse for Summit County, with the first courthouse in Wanship. In 1852, the Legislative Assembly of Utah voted to divide the entire territory into twelve large counties. In 1854, they created a new county called Summit County. Between 1854 and 1880 the size and shape of Summit County changed several times until 1896, when Utah became a state. Because of its central location, Wanship became the first county seat. The county held court in a log cabin that still stands today. The county government consisted of a probate judge and three selectmen. The first minutes are dated June 1866. According to records left by old settlers, court was also held in the building known as the Wanship Hotel. By 1871, the town of Coalville has taken off.
Coal was discovered and businesses prospered in conjunction with the nearby town of Echo and the Union Pacific Railroad. Residents of Coalvile petitioned to move the seat to their town. A two-story brick building was built and Coalville officially became the county seat. The old Summit County Courthouse commenced in 1871, was used as a courthouse and jail. With the booming coal mining industry, the county seat moved to Coalville in 1872. Beginning in 1880, Park City wanted to move the county seat from Coalville to Park City. With the discovery of silver in the late 1860’s Park City had grown to a town of over 2,000 people by 1880, with a town water system, telephone service and over 350 buildings including a bank and fire department. The idea of moving the county seat was unthinkable to Coalville residents.
However in 1895, Park City boosters introduced a formal proposal to move the county seat. At the centerpiece of the proposal was the offer by the city to “erect and give the county a building suitable for county purposes, to cost not less than $10,000”. Coalville residents were not persuaded and when the measure was put to a county wide vote, it was narrowly defeated. But Park City residents wouldn’t give up easily. Most of the county tax revenue came from the Park City area and having the courthouse in Park City would better serve the needs of a majority. Coalville citizens countered by stating that it was their town that supplied the foodstuffs and fuel essential to Park City’s livelihood. So seven years later the issue was back on the ballot. The vote in 1902 was about 120 votes short of the two-thirds majority required to move the county seat. In 1905, a separate jail was built in the same style by T. L. Allen to the rear. The jail was demolished in the late 1970’s to make way for the substantial addition to the courthouse.
At this time the old courthouse was “modernized: ceiling heights were dropped, suspended acoustic tile and fluorescent lighting installed the wooden double – hung windows were replaced with aluminum windows and the transoms opaque. Office spaces were updated with the application of plywood paneling and original tall base moldings and chair rail either covered or removed. “Virtually all of the original interior doors with transom lights above were removed. The newly renovated Courthouse opened in May 1980. In 1994, the Summit County Historical Society discovered that underneath the acoustic tile ceilings, the original pressed-metal ceilings still existed. With a grant from the Utah State Historical Society, they developed a plan to restore ceilings in the public portions of the old courthouse to its original condition. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,882 square miles (4,870 km2), of which 1,872 square miles (4,850 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (0.5%) is water.
• Rich County (north)
• Morgan County (northwest)
• Salt Lake County (west)
• Wasatch County (south)
• Duchesne County (south)
• Daggett County (east)
• Sweetwater County, Wyoming (northeast)
• Uinta County, Wyoming (north)
National protected areas
• Ashley National Forest (part)
• Wasatch National Forest (part)
As of the census of 2000, there were 29,736 people, 10,332 households, and 7,501 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6.2/km2). There were 17,489 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.80% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.43% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. 8.09% of the populations were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 10,332 households out of which 40.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.50% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families.
18.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.30. The median income for a household in the county was $64,962, and the median income for a family was $72,510. Males had a median income of $47,236 versus $28,621 for females. The per capita income for the county was $33,767. Only 42.9% are natives of Utah. 5.40% of the population and 3.00% of families were below the poverty line. According to a 2000 survey by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, Summit County is much more diverse in religious belief than Utah as a whole.
Fully two in five people (44.2%) of the population claim no religion at all while among those that do, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) make up the largest group at 36.8% (compared with some 66% statewide), followed by Roman Catholics at 10.6%.
This Benefit Summary is intended to be an overview of the County benefit programs available to regular full-time and regular part-time year-round employees. Benefits may be subject to eligibility requirements and are subject to change.
Summit County Government does not participate in Social Security. The County Retirement Income Security Program (CRISP) is Summit County’s Social Security replacement plan and a 401a program. The CRISP Social Security replacement plan is 100% Employer Funded. Regular full-time and regular part-time Summit County Government employees are not subject to Social Security deductions. The County will make a contribution based on 13.45% of your base salary, 11.4% of which will be placed in a retirement account that allows for self-direction into your choice of many investment options. You can monitor and change your account by phone or on the CRISP website. The remaining contribution of 2.05% provides life insurance, long term disability coverage, and coverage for accidental death & dismemberment. Under certain situations, CRISP distributions are available at age 55 without penalty. All regular full-time and regular part-time Summit County employees have a mandatory participation in the Colorado County Officials’ and Employees’ Retirement Association (CCOERA) retirement program after one year of continuous employment. The employee has a mandatory contribution of 3% of their base salary, which is matched by the County (3%). Contributions are pre-tax; taxes are due upon withdrawal. This retirement investment is also self-directed into your choice of a wide variety of funds. There is a five year vesting schedule that begins after the employees completes one (1) year of continuous employment (total of 6 years).
INSURANCE PROVIDED BY SUMMIT COUNTY GOVERNMENT
The following guidelines apply to regular full-time and regular part-time Summit County Government employees on the first of the month following 30 days of service.
Health coverage is available through pre-tax deductions at single, 2-party and family rates. The Employee Benefit plan combines with an annual voluntary Wellness Reimbursement Account (WRA) to provide coverage for medical, dental and vision benefits, and prescriptions. Health coverage is also available for domestic partner and common law marriage relationships. The County also provides a primary care clinic plan available to employees and their dependents who participate in the County’s medical plan. The iCare plan through the Care Clinic is staffed with qualified healthcare professionals, including a physician and nurse at no cost to employees or their dependents.
Wellness Reimbursement Account (WRA) is 100% funded by the County. It is money provided by the County for our employees to help offset out of pocket expenses. The amount the participant is allotted in their WRA is based on participation in the voluntary Health Risk Assessment, biometric screening and iCare follow up visit. Additional funds may be awarded by meeting or exceeding the goals for blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), and tobacco/nicotine use. Summit County Government provides employees with the opportunity for income continuation in the event of major illness or non-job related injury which prevents an employee from working their normal job. Summit County Government provides a short-term subsidized rental unit to employees. Rental may be single-room or full-unit and are subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.
Summit County Utah Court Directory
The Utah trial court system consists of District Courts, Juvenile Courts, and Justice Courts. Below is a directory of court locations in Summit County.
District Courts in Summit County
• 3rd District Court – Summit County
6300 Justice Center Road, Suite A, Park City, UT 84098
Juvenile Courts in Summit County
• 3rd District Juvenile Court – Summit County
6300 Justice Center Road, Park City, UT 84098
Justice Courts in Summit County
• Summit County Justice Court
6300 Justice Center Road, Park City, UT 84098
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