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Bountiful

Garrison Keillor, author of "Lake Woebegon" and host of the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," will speak at the South Branch of the Davis Library, 725 S. Main, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

Seating will be limited to 250, and free advance tickets will be available starting on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. at all four Davis library locations.

Doors on the night of the program will open at 5:30 p.m., and those with tickets will be seated first. Others will be seated as space permits, starting at 6:15 p.m.

Keillor's visit is part of the library's Bibliotrek series, and more information is available by calling 451-2322.

Salt Lake County

The County Council is urging Mayor Nancy Workman to reverse a cost-cutting decision she made early this year to drop Salt Lake County's membership from the National Association of Counties.

Membership dues are $13,000, but Workman said the costs to the county are actually much higher given the amount of travel involved.

Many County Council members, however, said the benefits outweigh the costs, especially after learning NACO saved the county as much as $300,000 last year in office-supply discounts.

Brent Gardner, president of the Utah Association of Counties, also said Salt Lake County's decision to stay out of NACO meant Utah lost a second representative slot on the national board because rules require 100 percent participation from a state's counties.

The council adopted a resolution Sept. 4 urging Workman to rejoin NACO, but it is unclear if the mayor will follow its urging.

West Jordan

The tug of war over the future of Main City Park will continue at the ballot box this November.

Residents pushing an initiative ordinance want to expand the city's parks system on land known as the "sugar factory" property and to possibly limit building there by first taking any development plans to a vote of the people. The property is between 2200 West and Redwood Road near 7800 South.

The "Save The Main City Park" ordinance has the backing of enough petitioners to put it on the ballot, despite what was essentially a symbolic 4-3 vote Thursday by the City Council not to support the measure.

The council then voted 4-3 in favor of its own ordinance, which calls for an increase in green space, possibly renovating the old sugar factory — much like what has taken place at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City — and to incorporate mixed-use development and senior housing.

Voters can choose between the two ordinances on Election Day.