CategoryCity Council

Update on Park City Meeting Minutes (and other info)

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After our article over the weekend about Park City needing to keep citizens up to date on meetings … and how the latest meeting minutes posted were from May … Matt Dias (Park City Assistant City Manager) emailed us. He provided a nice explanation that the information was actually online, it just wasn’t linked easily through the Park City website due to upgrades in the...

Park City Needs to Keeps its Citizens Up to Date

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One of the charges against Park City government is that it’s too insular — it’s too much of an insider’s game. The counter argument from Park City officials is that they need more input from citizens in order to make the best decisions possible. I’m sure all parts of government would welcome more citizen involvement. However, it’s hard for citizens to keep...

At Least They Didn’t Pick the Spa Option

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We were looking through the proposed itinerary for the City Council’s proposed trip to Whistler. City staff of course recommends that they go on the trip (their decision matrix could find no issue with the trip). However, that wasn’t the surprising thing. What’s surprising was the list of possible activities: City staff recommended the bear viewing and ATV tours as part of the...

Online Debate Serves as an Example for Park City and Summit County Governments

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On Wednesday Mountain Meister is holding an online debate about Mountain Accord. We are excited for the debate but perhaps more excited about the technological aspects. Holding an event online allows a broad audience to participate and the fact that it will likely be recorded will make it even easier for community members to participate. Perhaps more exciting, is that questions can be submitted...

Changing Park City’s Idling Law is Worse than Worthlesss

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Currently cars in Park City can lawfully idle for 3 minutes. Park City officials are discussing reducing this limit to 60 seconds. On the surface that sounds great. However, there is a state law that requires three warnings to be given before ticketing for idling ordinances. The Park Record’s Jay Hamburger wrote a good article about this stating that Park City has never issued a ticket with...

Employee Parking Pass For Sundance Goes Up By $450

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Something we haven’t heard many people talking about with regard to Park City’s proposed employee parking changes for Main Street is the increase in cost for parking during Sundance. Right now an annual parking pass, with a Sundance option costs $300. If the new parking regulations are passed, this goes up to $750. Wow. We understand that the Kardashians are going to be at Sundance...

Thoughts on Park City’s New Parking Proposal

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This week the Park City City Council will discuss Main Street employee parking. The City believes that the majority of parking on Main Street is being taken up by employees. A staff report says “A Main Street Business survey was completed that showed that there may be as many as 1,000 employees working during busy times which could be taking up 60-70 percent of available parking in the Main...

Riverhorse Wants to Enclose Its Deck During the Winter

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Riverhorse on Main wants to enclose its upper deck to enable service of additional customers during the winter. The concept is expected to look similar to this: The City appears to be against this because they feel the structure impacts the historic nature of Main Street. They say “These balcony enclosures also threaten the historic integrity of historic commercial buildings. Staff finds...

Interlocal agreement between Summit County and Park City shows forethought

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During Wednesday’s Summit County Council meeting, the Council will likely approve an agreement between Summit County and Park City to work together to help manage Vail. County Manager Bob Jasper mentioned that items like a lift between PCMR and Canyons would be covered under this, as well as sales tax issues. According to the agreement, it also covers land use decisions, open space...

Park City Council Member Dick Peek Tells Us the Public Opinion Doesn’t Matter — And He is Correct

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During today's Local News Hour on KPCW, City Council Member Dick Peek was discussing the Kimball Arts Center with Leslie Thatcher. He said, "We develop codes and ordinances and expect everyone to abide by them. If the public comes out and says they are against something. We don't weigh that as a general item. We apply the code." As harsh as that seems, he is right. What the public says doesn't...

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