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• With voter approval of a $47 million bond proposal, county officials are looking to sell the bonds early next year.

Knowing money will be available, County Parks and Recreation officials will begin work immediately to upgrade the Jordan River Parkway and Parleys Trail and to negotiate the purchase of the old Hercules property for a regional park in Magna.

At a glance

Looking ahead

P Mayor-elect Ben McAdams will be in the Salt Lake County Council chambers at 11 a.m. Thursday when outgoing Mayor Peter Corroon presents his 2013 budget proposal.

Still counting

Another 43,699 absentee, mail-in and provisional ballots remain to be included in Salt Lake County’s final tabulations of Tuesday’s election, County Clerk Sherrie Swensen said late Wednesday afternoon.

Those ballots’ results will figure into the final vote totals presented Nov. 20 to the County Council, acting as the official Board of Canvassers, once the Clerk’s Office certifies the validity of each ballot.

“It was amazing what a great turnout we had,” said Swensen, predicting that with these additional ballots added onto those counted Tuesday, Salt Lake County could end up with 87 percent of registered voters participating in the election.

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Division spokesman Martin Jensen said preparing detailed designs on regional parks in Draper, Bluffdale and Kearns will take most of 2013. Construction will start the next year and is forecast to be completed in time for public use in 2016 or ’17, depending on whether lawns are planted or sodded.

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On other county fronts

Millcreek » Incorporation opponent Roger Dudley basked in the 59 percent to 41 percent defeat of the proposal to make that community a city. That margin was similar to results of a poll four years ago, he said, showing “the same level of resistance to incorporation. A supermajority of citizens continue to say we like the way Salt Lake County continues to deliver our government services.”

But Dudley is convinced incorporation supporters will try again. One, Mary Ann Strong, said that is likely — and should be. “It takes a while for people to understand the issues and that we don’t have a voice about issues in our own neighborhoods.”

While Strong doesn’t know if she would help lead the charge again, “there are enough people who want decisions to be made locally that the issue will come up again.”

Recreation bond » With voter approval of a $47 million bond proposal, county officials are looking to sell the bonds early next year.

Knowing money will be available, County Parks and Recreation officials will begin work immediately to upgrade the Jordan River Parkway and Parleys Trail and to negotiate the purchase of the old Hercules property for a regional park in Magna.

Division spokesman Martin Jensen said preparing detailed designs on regional parks in Draper, Bluffdale and Kearns will take most of 2013. Construction will start the next year and is forecast to be completed in time for public use in 2016 or ’17, depending on whether lawns are planted or sodded.



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