Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 83858

Summit County (Utah). County Commission Minutes

Dates: 1861-

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

These minutes record the actions of the county commission (known during the territorial period as the county court), the governing body of the county. The court was authorized to manage all county business and county property. This included auditing all claims against the county, appropriating money for salaries and authorizing the purchase of supplies and services. The court allocated water rights, timber rights, herdgrounds, and mill sites. The court supervised the lay out of roads and bridges and oversaw the erection of public buildings such as a court house in 1871. The members levied property taxes for county purposes and after 1878 served as a board of equalization. They created election precincts, road districts, school districts, and by 1871, irrigation districts and appointed superintendents of such districts. The court provided for elections, appointed other officials, and accepted official bonds; bond lists appear at the end of the first two volumes. The court provided for the maintenance of the indigent, insane, and incapacitated. They provided for the health and safety of their constituents through quarantine regulations and the building of a jail. They regulated fences, created estray pounds, and were in charge of fisheries. They authorized liquor licenses, and by 1884, general business licenses. All these activities are noted in the minutes.

Following the formation of territorial government, the legislature in 1852 passed acts relating to the formation and government of counties. There were no county commissions, but the probate judge in conjunction with the county selectmen were invested "with the usual powers and jurisdiction of County Commissioners" and as such were known as the county court. The probate court clerk (also known as the county clerk) was to keep the records of the court. This same structure was followed by Summit County upon its creation in 1861. With statehood in 1896, an actual board of county commissioners was created. The probate judge was removed, but the selectmen continued serving as commissioners until elections were held. The county clerk remained the clerk of the board, recording the minutes.

Arrangement

Chronological by date of meeting.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

The Summit County Clerk as secretary for the Summit County Commission should be contacted for other holdings. The first two volumes were filmed in 1966 by the LDS Genealogical Society with the paper copy retained by the county. The series was processed by A.C. Cone in July 1996.

Indexing Terms

  • County budgets—Utah—Summit County.
  • Tax collection—Utah—Summit County.
  • Water resources development—Utah—Summit County.
  • Police—Utah—Summit County.
  • Highway planning—Utah—Summit County.
  • Fire departments—Utah—Summit County.
  • Refuse and refuse disposal—Utah—Summit County.
  • Summit County (Utah)—Politics and government.

Container List

REEL VOLUME DESCRIPTION
1 A 1861 Mar 04 - 1875 Sep 06
1 B 1875 Dec 06 - 1891 Mar 02