ArchiveApril 2015

We Got Lucky This Time

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Sometimes bad things happen but you escape unscathed. It serves as a cautionary tale. This is one of those times. According to a neighborhood post, a car rolled down an embankment and rolled onto the new bike path on Kilby Rd. There is only a small wire fence separating I-80 from the bike path. No one was hurt but in a similar spot we saw at least 20 young children walking this afternoon. If that...

Bark City Ain’t What She Used To Be

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Another week… another article in the Park Record about a bad dog. This time a person scrambled up a tree to avoid an aggressive dog by the library. If you read the article’s comments, they’re a mix of “the city needs to control dogs” and “it’s Bark City, get over it.” I think both miss the point. People seem to talk about Park City as if it’s...

The Mountain Accord’s Birth Certificate

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The mother had been pregnant for longer than it seemed. The father had big plans for the child that was about to come. On January 10, 2015 a baby was born to a very excited family. Was it a boy? Was it a girl? No, it was a transportation program. A reader sent through an anonymous tip entitled, Attached is the Birth Certificate for Mountain Accord. Make no mistake – it is a transportation...

What is Consensus Decision Making?

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If you been following recent Mountain Accord developments, you’ll know that they often say that the Accord’s Executive Committee will make decisions based on “consensus.” So for instance, if Park City didn’t want a gondola going from Brighton to PCMR but other parties did, the Executive Committee would decide what to do based on consensus. So, what is consensus? I...

The Mountain Accord is Now Funded by the Office of Economic Development

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On Friday I learned from a concerned citizen something that sounded so crazy I didn’t believe it. He told me that all state of Utah funding for the Mountain Accord was now coming from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). What’s GOED’s mission you ask? According to their website, “The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for...

Is the Environmental Aspect of Mountain Accord Mainly Marketing?

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Any time there is contention over the Mountain Accord, supporters of the idea will always say that the detractors shouldn’t focus on the transportation aspects… what the Accord is really about is the environment. I’ve been reading through the 13 pages of meeting minutes from an October joint meeting of the Summit County and Park City Councils regarding Mountain Accord. Do you...

Mountain Accord Meeting HIghlights How our Elected Officials View Mountain Accord

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In October there was a joint meeting of the Park City and Summit County Councils to discuss the Mountain Accord. We’ve recently been provided with the meeting minutes and it’s a fascinating read. It provides great understanding of the positions by various council members and some of the outside forces at play. If you have time, we’d recommend reading the whole thing. If...

Questions Abound About Rebuilding Treasure Mountain

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I received some feedback that I was “all over the place” with my previous post about the School Board’s Master Planning Committee and the rebuild of Treasure Mountain. I’ll gladly take the feedback. I’m definitely not a writer. And I’m just happy someone read it :-). That said, I do want to make sure my point is as clear as possible. So, here is the bullet...

Why Again Should We Tear Down Treasure Mountain Junior High?

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During last night’s School Board Master Planning Committee meetings, people were divided into 6 groups. Each of these groups decided where they should put schools on a map (if they were to choose). This included tearing down and building new schools. The process started with Molly Smith, the meeting organizer, presenting example solutions. A participant asked why Ms Smith had not suggested...

What’s the Take Away From Last Night’s School Board Master Planning Meeting?

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Last night I live blogged the School Board’s Master Planning committee. The live blog was probably a little hard to follow, because so much of what was done was visual. In effect the members of the committee worked in six teams to place cutouts of schools (i.e. the high school, Treasure Mountain, McPolin, etc.) on a map of the Snyderville Basin. Each group then presented their ideas in...

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