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Hazardous and contaminated soil was supposed to be removed from Treasure Mountain Junior High after 90 days, but it’s still there years later.

If you read one news story this weekend, read the Salt Lake Tribune’s “Park City School District was supposed to clean up soil years ago. Here’s how much it will cost now.” The background is that soil with lead and arsenic was put into piles behind Treasure Mountain Junior High (TMJH) during construction in 2017. In the years since, more potentially hazardous and contaminated soil was added to the piles. In 2019, the Park City School District added the cost of soil removal to its Master Plan. In 2021, district and city officials discussed removing the piles. As we start the 2023 school year, nothing has happened, and those piles remain.

Here’s the kicker. Those toxic piles are only supposed to remain onsite for 90 days. Currently, they have been there for almost 6 years.

According to the article, School Board President Andrew Caplan was questioned about this, and he responded, “Our admin team is in charge of educating 4,600 children and supervising around 800 employees whose job it is to do the same. They are also called upon to manage quite a few facilities, which is a secondary responsibility to education. Because this is not their expertise they do the best they can with their knowledge and limited bandwidth.” A district spokesperson also apparently said that the district preferred to look ahead and not assign blame.

As a parent of a child in the district, I hear, “Sorry we may be poisoning Park City’s children, but we have a school district to run.” I do know the district has stated that these piles are not harmful. However, when they appear to not be following rules regarding contaminated substances, and had the incident at McPolin last year, it doesn’t give one faith.

So, where does this go?

  • There will likely be a cleanup effort that will cost between $3 million and $13 million to remove these piles of toxic soil.
  • PCSD likely can’t clean that up during the school year, even if they wanted to, or they would further expose children when they disturb the soil.
  • I don’t see how they can economically tear down Treasure Mountain Junior High because they will disturb even more soil.
  • I also don’t see how they can encourage other entities to buy it with its contingent liabilities.
  • When will the lawsuits come? Lead and arsenic can cause learning disabilities, impact growth, and lead to cancer. At some point in the future, PCSD will be sued over these issues.

The District appears to have been aware of the problem for years. The soil impacted children with the closure of the McPolin playground last year. Yet, the school district doesn’t seem to be willing to solve the issue. The school district cites that they didn’t know the toxic soil should be removed after 90 days.

Ignorance is not a defense. I guess lack of logic isn’t a defense, either.

If this were a one-off, I might cut the school district some slack. We all make mistakes, but it’s how we react to mistakes that define us. However, the Park City School District has a pattern of mismanagement. It’s gone beyond a failure to report abuse, not applying for building permits, and not treating teachers respectfully. Now, it allows toxic soil to sit for years and potentially impact our children.

It’s a dark time for the Park City School District. For a school district with only 7 schools, 4,500 students, and a lot of money, they can’t seem to get out of their own way. I feel for the students who will be impacted by the district’s poor decision-making.

Again, I would encourage you to read the Salt Lake Tribune’s article. They have much more detail on the subject.

Update: There was additional information provided related to the Sal Lake Tribune article: “State code requires piles that have been in place for more than 90 days be inspected and approved by the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control before they can legally be stored any longer. PCSD did not do that – the piles were only inspected on September 16, 2022 after a contractor called the DEQ with questions about them.”

Park City Juniors and Seniors Enjoy It

Across the open space, I heard music blasting that I barely understood. It was a high school party cranked way too high. It drowned out the music I was playing on my own deck.

The party was going on in The Trails at Jeremy Ranch.

For a moment, I was miffed. Then I remembered back to MY TIME years ago. I caught myself. These are the best years of your life. It’s perfect.

So, here’s to you, Park City High School Students. May your year go great. Be safe. Push yourself. Treat others with respect. Know you’re loved.

But also know that your choice of music sucks.

Here’s one from back in my day that I think still resonates. I hope you have a good year.

Park City High School kicker kicks 58-yard field goal

Congratulations Park City football player, David Dellenbach, on your 58-yard field goal kick against Wasatch on Friday night. Just before half-time Dellenbach ran onto the field and booted the longest field goal most people at Dozier Field had ever seen. For reference, the longest field goal ever in the NFL is 66 yards by Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens. While Dellenbach did not kick the longest field goal in Utah High School Football History (62 yards, I believe), he is immortalized in the top 10. If you’ve never tried to kick a field goal, and are wondering how hard this is, from personal experience, even a 35-yard field goal isn’t easy. Fifty-eight yards is amazing. The crowd at Dozier recognized the achievement. Park City fans went wild — like the team had just won the state championship. Even Wasatch fans were impressed and clapped for the young man. Friday night, everyone in attendance saw something special. Way to go David. May the rest of your year build off this tremendous feat. Here is a link to the Miner’s Facebook page. The video of the kick is available there.

President Biden, please don’t come back to Park City

President Biden, please don’t come back to Park City. I’m sure you secured millions in donations from Parkites, and that’s great for you. However, the impact on locals was terrible. My son couldn’t get to his reading tutor in Salt Lake. My wife waited in traffic for an hour going down Parleys. I couldn’t pick up kids from camp on time due to the interchanges at Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, and Bitner Ranch being closed. It was crazy impactful and encapsulated the entire afternoon around Park City. You might say, “well you should have just left earlier.” Perhaps, but there was no schedule posted. I get that, and that’s for good reason. Whoever has watched that fateful scene from the movie Clear and Present Danger, where Harrison Ford’s motorcade is attacked in Columbia, knows how secure you must be. So, I don’t begrudge the Secret Service for shutting down both sides of I-80 or shutting down underpasses. I get it. That said, to borrow from another movie, “The only winning move is not to play.” So please Joe Biden, never come back to Park City as a president. Future presidents, please don’t come to Park City. We may, in fact, donate to your campaign to have you NOT come. The really funny thing is that my 11 year-old, while stopped in traffic, looked into the sky and saw the military helicopter flying over the motorcade and said, “Why didn’t he just take that?” Indeed. A military helicopter or two and a few F-35s from Hill Airfare base seems pretty secure. As one of my friends said, “Well, I am DEFINITELY not voting for him now.” It’s Utah so my friend’s threat doesn’t really matter. However, perhaps the president should be really careful in scheduling trips to Ohio.

You’ll want to check if your Park City kids are getting school bus service this year

If you have kids in Park City Schools, and depend on the bus, you’ll want to check and see if you need to apply for the waitlist this year. It appears things have changed this year regarding whether many children qualify for automatic bussing. For instance, in Jeremy Ranch, the Park City School District has decided that they are now treating the paved path between Homestead Rd. and Bluebird Lane as a “safe route” to school. This impacts bussing because a Utah school district only has to bus children who live more than 1.5 miles away from school — via the shortest “safe route” to the school. If your child rode the bus last year, they might not be able to this year because the “shortcut” that the school district is now using to calculate distance is being treated as a walkable path to school. If your child, using this “shortcut” to school, lives less than 1.5 miles away, they will not be provided bus service by default. Instead, you must apply to the waitlist to see if space is available. I have heard from one person that they received a notice of this change, but my neighbors and I have not. So, you may not be aware that your child won’t be bussed later this month. There are two major problems with this determination. First, Basin Rec who maintains this trail, says that “Basin Recreation currently has an interlocal agreement with Summit County to manage what have been designated as ‘safe routes’ to school. The section of trail that you are referring to is not currently included in that agreement, but Basin Recreation has been treating it as a part of our ‘Safe Routes’ operation.” So, the Park City School District limits bus service based on a trail not officially part of a safe route agreement, and that unapproved route is used to prevent many Jeremy Ranch students from using the bus. Second, and perhaps more troubling, is that the agreement says that Basin Rec has to plow the “safe route” within 12 hours of a snowfall. That timeframe is ridiculous. If children are expected to walk on a trail to and from school, that trail had better be plowed right before school begins and ends. Otherwise, how can it be a safe route? Twelve hours is unacceptable. Park City Heights also is facing issues. I’ve heard students who go to Treasure Mountain and live in PC Heights won’t get bus service because it’s less than two miles away. Can you imagine your middle schooler walking down Highway 248 to get to school any time of the year — let alone winter. Perhaps the kids could walk on the Rail Trail, but just like in Jeremy, the trail would need to be plowed before and after school. If you are impacted, call the Park City School District Transportation group at 435-645-5660 to ensure you have bus service. We’ll have to see how this all shakes out. Perhaps everyone who applies for the waitlist will be served. However, if Park City Schools reduces the number of buses it is using because there are fewer guaranteed students, it is the wrong message to be sending. For those of us fortunate enough to be able to drive our children to school, we’ll be taking more car trips, causing more congestion in places that can’t afford it (Highway 248), and teaching our kids that public transportation isn’t important. If you depend on the bus because of work schedules or other impacts, you may be choosing between your child’s safety and keeping your job. With so much talk about supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, changes like these are a slap in the face to many of the people the school district purports to want to help. As my wife lined up this morning at 7 AM to hand in her paperwork for the waitlist, there was already talk from parents about organizing to bring this to the School Board. It’s just another case where the Park City School District is acting like the Gang that Can’t Shoot Straight. I don’t get it. Here is a map of a Jeremy Ranch parent received that shows the impact. Only yellow homes are required to receive bus service.

Imagine an Idyllic Mountain Town with a Perfect 4th of July

The town was busy but not overcrowded. Cars filled almost every parking spot. Restaurants were busy and local businesses thrived. The parade sputtered down Main Street, as parades often do, with much fanfare and exuberance. It was an event for locals … by locals. The evening ended with fireworks over Main Street — paired with the local radio station’s blasting out Lee Greenwood from speakers and celebrating the holiday.

It was the perfect 4th of July experience.

Are we talking about Park City, Utah? No, it’s another Olympic town. Lake Placid, NY.

This was the first year I didn’t attend Park City’s July 4th festivities in over a decade. My typical PC experience is gathering the family, hopping on our e-bikes, and riding from Jeremy to Main Street for the parade at 11 AM. We’ll try to get to the white barn by 10:45 to see the jets flying overhead. After the parade, we will hit City Park, head home, and go to Canyons for fireworks later in the evening.

Instead, this July 4th, I was in Lake Placid, New York, for my kid’s hockey camp. They do July 4th differently in Lake Placid. They have a horse show in the morning. The parade down Main Street starts at 5 PM. Fireworks begin at 9:30.

Perhaps more importantly, Lake Placid was actually pleasant on the 4th. It was balanced. Yes, there are probably more people than they normally get in Lake Placid. Businesses likely thrive off of tourism, but it doesn’t feel like the town is trying to pack every last person in.

The town was busy but not overrun. The parade was a small-town affair most would enjoy. For the fireworks, my son and I sat on a hill overlooking Main Street with a handful of others. We arrived about 5 minutes before the activities started. The local radio station entertained us by playing songs synced to the fireworks launching over the town.

It was so “small town,” and Lake Placid Nailed it.

I love Park City, but when I see a similar town providing a much better experience, I stop and wonder why. My first thought is that Park City is just bringing in as many people as possible. It may also be because Park City can’t figure out how we escape the trap they’ve created.

I don’t have the answer, but if you find yourself in upstate New York on July 4th, I would spend an evening in Lake Placid. You won’t be disappointed. You’ll also likely wish Park City had more of the Lake Placid Miracle.

Tune into the Dakota Pacific Hearing on Thursday at 11 AM(6/15/23)

The long-awaited Summit County lawsuit against Dakota Pacific (DP) begins tomorrow. Summit County is requesting a summary judgment against DP on whether Utah Senate Bill 84 applies to the development. Summit County claims that the “Transit Center” at Kimball Junction doesn’t meet the definition of a “public transit hub” and therefore isn’t forced into allowing the Dakota Pacific development.

This could go several ways, but if Summit County is granted a summary judgment, it invalidates the Legislature’s apparent attempt to do an end-around of local government determining land use. If not, then the lawsuits will likely go on.

If you want to listen in at 11 AM (audio only), use this link or call (408) 418-9388 and enter meeting ID 963-924-258.

Thanks to Friends for Responsible Development for giving us the heads up.

The ‘Art of Making Art’ by Teri Orr

Recently, on Facebook, Teri Orr discussed the history of the Eccles Black Box Theater at Park City High School. More importantly, she discusses the challenges introduced because the Park City School District appears to be rewriting decades of rules governing the theater. A December 30th interview with School Board Member Andrew Caplan, outlines the school district’s argument. The district seems to think they should run the theater instead of Park City Institute. My personal opinion is that our school district should stick to their core competency — which I would hope isn’t being Ticketmaster.

I miss Teri’s wit and wisdom in the Park Record. With her permission, I am reposting her words here because I love her take on our history and what it means for our future.

The Art of Making Art…Sondheim

From being an avid and rabid audience member to working backstage, performing onstage, and even occasionally driving talent from the airport to the theater, I know a bit about the evolution of arts over the last 40-plus years in Park City. This week, it is critical to pull the curtain back on exactly how the joint-use facility known as The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, aka “The Eccles,” came to be. And it is even more important to ensure The Eccles is resecured to honor past public elections and promises and gifts made.

The arts are an integral part of Park City, dating back to miners who created the Dewey Opera House in 1898; the refurbished Egyptian Theater now stands in its place. When I came to town in 1979, that building was the Silver Wheel Theater, and it was falling down. In 1980, Don Gomes and I approached the new owners of the building, Randy and Debbi Fields of cookie fame, who had just moved to town and bought the faded jewel. They had also purchased land across the street, the former office building that once housed the Park Record, a vacant parking lot, and approximately a block of other old buildings. Their intent to was to develop and redevelop. Don asked the Fields to reconsider the theater’s future and save it instead. We proposed finding a group of donors to help with the renovation of the theater, and Randy Fields challenged us to raise $50,000 in six weeks. We raised $48,000. Randy called it close enough. In 1981, we restored the Egyptian to her former 1926 glory. Blanche Fletcher (who played piano in the theater when it originally opened) played the donated upright Steinway piano in October of that year. Glade Peterson, director of the Utah Opera Company, showed up to perform on stage on his horse.

Soon, folks from the state film office, which created the Utah Film & Video Festival in 1978, wanted to use the space to show films in the fall. On Golden Pond premiered there. Chariots of Fire had a special screening and, later, Out of Africa, starring Robert Redford. Redford was no stranger to Park City in those days and had a favorite table on the patio at Cafe Terigo.

A few years later, I became Editor of the Park Record and divorced myself from the arts for a bit. Actors Robert and Heather Urich bought a second home in Deer Valley, and they performed the play Love Letters at the Egyptian. They quietly told community leaders that for Park City to attract real talent, it needed a better performance space with complete dressing rooms, impressive sound, more seats, and ample parking.

At about this same point, Redford stepped in to save the once small, state-produced Utah Film & Video Festival from bankruptcy. Under a new non-profit he formed, he named it after his place in Provo Canyon. It was rebranded as the Sundance Film Festival.

Growth in the late 80s/early 90s turned a once sleepy mining town into something else. We became home to the Sundance Film Festival. The Egyptian regularly presented quality community theater. The arts were growing and even defining us. And yet our high school students excelling in performing arts were doing so against the odds and without a dedicated performance space. My daughter was an award-winning drama student, competing all over the state in rural communities that somehow had beautifully equipped theaters. The high school band won awards under the direction of Bill Huhnke and Jim Santy. While Park City High School had a multi-use space affectionally referred to as “The Cafetorium,” students deserved a dedicated venue to match their talents. And so the idea to create a joint-use facility to serve both students of the school district and the growing demand of a growing community that wanted to attract national entertainment to Park City took root with community leaders JoAnna Charnes, Gary Cole, Joanne Krajeski, and Ann MacQuoid.

Meanwhile, the make-shift, pop-up movie theaters were no longer working for the exploding Sundance Film Festival, which had moved to winter. Without a real anchor theater, Redford threatened to move the festival entirely out of Utah.

I had left the Park Record to work on a book project. I agreed to help the new group create a non-profit performing arts organization. We became partners to help lobby for a $31M school bond campaign to, among other new campus facilities, build a joint-use facility for the students, the community, and Sundance. We worked hand-in-glove with Park City School District. David Chaplin, Vice President of the School Board, and I spoke at lunches, community meetings, and every get-together we could invite ourselves to in town to convince folks to support a space that would showcase the very best of our community arts and attract the very best nationally. Other items on the ballot that year included an ice rink and a convention center. The school bond was the only one to pass. It was, at the time, the largest bond election ever floated in Summit County. The money it apportioned for the joint-use theater facility to be shared was approximately $3.1 million.

Park City Performing Arts Foundation drummed up fundraisers everywhere we could. Deer Valley held celebrity ski races to support the theater. A student musical performance was held at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake. But it was a daunting task for a fledgling nonprofit to match the dedicated school district bond money.

Redford grew impatient, and we grew anxious about losing the film festival for the whole of Utah. Enter: the Eccles family that cares equally about the arts and education. We applied for a $1M grant through their foundation. And were awarded $700,000 outright. Additionally, the Eccles offered another conditional $300,000 that would only be granted towards the theater if PCSD agreed to build a balcony for its future student body and our broader community. The Eccles gift fully paid for that addition. Later, we learned Redford had made a personal plea to the Eccles family for the facility. He also contributed his own money to our building fund. We were thrilled to work with the district to meet the conditions and achieve a double win.

But relations between the Foundation and the District quickly cooled. The District started cutting corners and excluding us from discussions. The theater seats agreed to now deemed too expensive, and PCSD wanted to substitute with hard plastic ones. One of our nonprofit board members was furious but also philanthropic, and so he anonymously donated those comfortable, wide seats still in the theater. Foundation board member Joanne Krajeski arranged for a grand concert Steinway piano to be delivered before opening night. We soon realized we needed a podium for speakers at Sundance screenings (the first public use in the theater), so we commissioned a local artist, John “Jack” Helton. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design -he had worked as a cartoonist with me at the Park Record previously. At this point, he was accepting commissions mostly in wood. The stylized cello he carved into a sturdy platform has supported the elbows of everyone from Redford to Fran Lebowitz to Van Jones to Monica Lewinsky and still stands on stage at the Eccles today. And Helton’s work, now cast in bronze, has evolved and sells for six figures in art galleries around the globe.

The first RAP tax grant the Foundation received was for projection equipment so we could support our partners at Sundance. Decades later, and together with Sundance, we worked with Dolby to install and fully donate a state-of-the-art sound system that still benefits all who use the facility.

After about three years in the building, the makeup of the PCSD school board changed. New members suddenly wanted payment of the remaining balance the Foundation owed the District to help fund the construction. They wanted to ignore tenets of an agreement stipulating 180 days a year would be dedicated for student use and 180 days a year would be for community use which was all to be managed by the Foundation. The school board threatened that if we didn’t pay our balance right away, we could be evicted. And so began the reduction of days that have brought community use of The Eccles to well below the originally allotted 180 days. The school board president, Colleen Bailey, was the only school board member fully committed to making the agreement work. And she and Foundation chair Ann MacQuoid did. (Former school board member Val Chin, after serving her school term, then became a longtime member of the institute board.)

A couple who came to all our shows and loved what the Foundation produced for the community learned of the rift with the District, and they wrote the Foundation a check for $300,000 to immediately satisfy the remaining obligation. Then they asked about the possibility of adding a statue to The Eccles to provide more definition of its use as an arts space. The Foundation was torn between two bronze pieces — Dance of Life and Rock Star. The generous couple purchased them both, one for the lobby and one for the entrance outside. These also served as gifts to the District and totaled nearly $200,000. Their value has also greatly appreciated.

American Express donated $150,000 for the small performance space traditionally called a “black box” in the theatre world. The American Express Blue Box would forever be the name of the space inside The Eccles. The balcony was named for Adam Bronfman’s mother, Ann, when he made a generous six-figure contribution.

Inside the theatre doors, we installed an etched glass wall listing those donors who supported The Eccles’ creation. Brass plaques on theater seats acknowledged the donations and memory of many locals and even Princess Aga Khan. From the start, the Foundation committed to providing discounted tickets for students to attend all regular performances. Longtime Park City senior citizens received complimentary tickets. And we established a student outreach program through which all visiting artists could, at the expense of the Foundation, teach their craft for free to students and share their stories. We asked the same of the Sundance Institute, and together, that very first year, we created the Filmmaker in the Classroom program.

For years now, the Foundation has been operating under a more concise name — Park City Institute. And by any name, it has consistently delivered on its promises to its founders, supporters, and patrons by presenting world-class entertainment, supporting youth enrichment and development, and honoring commitments to its partners, including Park City School District and Sundance Film Festival. Students have had a world-class facility from which to launch plays, listen to speakers, try, test, fail, grow, and learn. And Sundance relies on the use of a state-of-the-art, dedicated facility at which it can anchor the screen portion of its ever-evolving and industry-critical event.

And the Institute has worked well in the name of community benefit and enrichment, all the while responsibly managing The Eccles to ensure its continued use for our partners and the integrity of the equipment. During the 2002 Olympic Games, Park City’s Eccles was the only facility outside Salt Lake to be part of the Cultural Olympiad; we presented both Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Pilobolus Dance. Over the years, the facility has hosted memorials for civic leaders and St. Mary’s annual Christmas Eve service. Overseeing these rentals is part of the expressed role of the Institute.

In the beginning, it was clear to school board members involved that the business of the District was to educate students, and the business of the Institute was to manage the facility for the community. Mission creep, and changes in PCSD leadership have confused the intent and muddled decades of successful public/private partnership. And now, some of the current school board are attempting to rewrite the rules of governance, limit Park City Institute to less than ten days of programming annually, bring in new partners, and violate all of the intentions with which George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and countless other major and minor donors generously gave to support construction and ongoing management of the theater named in honor of their investment in community and youth.

The Eccles is an extraordinary gift for a community of any size. We built it when Park City had roughly 6,000 full-time residents. It was ambitious beyond imagination, and it has served community members with life-changing performances for 25 years this month. And for 25 years, students have had a platform to present their performances along with enjoying workshops from world-class performers. And a landmark event, the Sundance Film Festival for 25 years has remained one of the most significant drivers of our economy and continues to have a home.

As PCSD and the Institute engage now to negotiate operations of an expressly joint-use facility built through a voter-backed bond, a conditional gift, cash, and in-kind donations, it is imperative that a fair and equitable working agreement not forget the backstage history that created this community asset. For Park City Institute to continue presenting world-class, cutting-edge performances, it requires ample time and breadth of dates to program national acts that will entertain, educate, and illuminate the students, residents, and guests of Our Town. Art matters. So does history. And so do commitments.

Every day, including Sunday in Our Park

Please vote in our local Park City and Summit County Elections

As of today, only about 25% of all Summit County ballots have been returned. That’s not good.

Regardless of who you vote for, it is important to vote. Two major local political bodies have elections – Park City School Board and Summit County Council. Let me provide you with a few reasons why you should care.

For school board, this is where the majority of your tax dollars go. If you don’t own, your monthly rent is still impacted by school board decisions. For example, my property taxes have nearly tripled in the last three years. You may also take issue with the Superintendent being the highest compensated local official at more than $400K per year. The school board impacts all of that.

For County Council, two major projects are coming up. One is the long-running Dakota Pacific project, where the county may let massive development occur below UOP. The other is Harmon’s Grocery store at the Outlet mall. You want to pick someone who represents your view.

For those new to the area, you likely received your ballots in the mail. I believe you can also vote in person on Election Day. That said, if you have questions, please reach out to the Summit County Clerk’s Office.

For more information, The Park Record has voting guides for Summit County Council:

KPCW has interviews with the school board candidates:

These are crucial times for Summit County and Park City. Please take the opportunity to express your opinion and make the best choices for you and your family.

Why I voted for Canice Harte for Summit County Council

I have closely followed Park City politics for over a decade. In that time, there has never been a better person running for any political office in Park City or Summit County than Canice Harte. Canice is the sort of person I hope gets elected and stays around for a decade or two.

Why do I say that?

Years ago, I went to almost every Summit County Council meeting, and videotaped them. One day, Canice, as a member of the Planning Commission, showed up to tell the County Council they were wrong about their approach to Silver Creek Village. Silver Creek Village is the 1200 units being built close to Home Depot. The County Council wanted to speed up affordable housing by building 300 units of affordable housing immediately and in one area of Silver Creek Village.

Canice took issue with that. He said he grew up in affordable housing. He educated the Summit County Council on how we want to ensure that all affordable housing is spread throughout a development because that reduces the stigma of affordable housing and brings people together. He said that is what makes a successful community. That was probably eight years ago, and it has stuck with me ever since.

In the ensuing years, Canice has continued his position on the Snyderville Planning Commission. That is a thankless job but so important when we consider that the Planning Commission has such an impact on our quality of life. Land planning is probably our biggest issue in Summit County. His experience is invaluable.

As part of the Planning Commission, Canice voted against Dakota Pacific. He didn’t think the plan was workable or a benefit to our community. I think Dakota Pacific is one of the most important issues that our community is facing, and we can’t screw this up. I think Canice will take public input into account as decisions are made.

Since then, I have gotten to know Canice from “Moose on the Loose,” which is a trail running series for kids. My kids, and the hundreds of other children who run races in the summer, love it. They run 1.5 to 3 miles all around the Basin. It is the essence of what Park City often is and should be. He and Leslie Keener do a bang-up job introducing trail running to our kids.

At one of those races, I learned Canice had become an EMT. He recounted the story of helping someone on PC Hill who couldn’t make it down. Having known a few firefighters and EMTs, I know that is also a thankless job.

Overall, Canice is a good dude. More than that, he has a history of putting our community first. He is the sort of person we want. He is a local, working an average job, who has more experience than most, and who makes good decisions.

If you haven’t voted, I will encourage you to look hard at Canice Harte. I don’t think there could be a better choice for Summit County.