Deal to sell UTA property on hold amid concerns about impact on nonprosecution agreement

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  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2017 1:22 p.m.

    As near as I can tell moving people from place to place ranks 4th as a priority for UTA.

    Enriching themselves through absorbent salaries ranks 1st.

    Enriching themselves through land deals ranks 2nd.

    Taking free trips at taxpayers expense ranks 3rd.

    Maybe its' time for a "shift" in priorities??

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    April 27, 2017 1:22 p.m.

    It looks like the UTA board was a place for land developers to get a position and reap the benefits. And no one could figure this out until now?

  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 27, 2017 1:14 p.m.

    I think people are reading more into this than is really there. Stadler Rail is a private company that hired Mr. Killpack's firm to build a plant for assembling rail cars. Stadler, logically would want to locate near a rail line. Mr. Killpack, having been on the UTA board would know that the UTA has land available. Stadler makes an offer to buy the land at market price. UTA now wants to make sure that the price offered is really at market so they are ordering another appraisal. They also want to clear the deal with the DOJ. It sounds pretty above-board to me. Just because Mr. Killpack was once a UTA board member shouldn't preclude him from ever doing business with UTA. It does require careful scrutiny but I don't see an issue here. If any DN commenters were buying a home or a business, made an offer that was accepted, and then were told the seller is going to do another appraisal to make sure they got paid enough, you would be livid. It sounds like the taxpayers are coming out on top on this one. And, once Stadler builds, the surrounding land will be worth more money, and added benefit to taxpayers. No one is financially benefiting any more than on a normal deal.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 27, 2017 10:42 a.m.

    If it walks like a duck....

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 27, 2017 6:37 a.m.

    Unbelievable! They've learned nothing from being under federal investigation. UTA was/is not about mass transit for Utahn's. It's a development company masquerading as a transit Co. Many of the shady deals would have landed the major players in jail in any other state. This is about the Good ole Boys club enriching themselves and their friends at the expense of the taxpayers. People need to be indicted.

  • mightymite , 00
    April 26, 2017 10:45 p.m.

    What is surprising about this and why the caution now? Many have previously financially benefited from undue influence with UTA. I suspect there are more then a few legislators who are a bit more nervous then they were previously. The dominoes are falling and even those in very powerful positions cannot escape their misuse of power and influence. Shame on them.