Park City Council Agenda Includes Land Easements, Immigration Policies, Concert Series Venue Changes
At 3:30 pm council will discuss regenerative agriculture on city lands. Some of the open space lands owned by Park City, including McPolin farm, are actively used as farms or ranches. City Manager Diane Foster says the discussion will look at increasing the health of the soil on these lands.
“This is working with farmers and ranchers to bring in regenerative agriculture practices. What that means is, you reduce the amount of pesticides that you (use) and artificial fertilizers and you increase the health of the soil. What that can do is be an even greater carbon sink.” Foster continued, “City council gave us approval back in 2017 to use open space as a carbon sink, which is really important. The idea that you can reduce carbon by improving the quality of the soil. (…) I was texting with Luke (Cartin) last night and asking him ‘does this mean no grazing?’ Because we actually like to see the cows and horses on public land. He said, ‘absolutely not, it’s actually taking advantage of the animals and what they produce to improve the quality.’ So, this will be interesting.”
At 4:15, the council will discuss the potential of adding $3 million to the Treasure Hill Open Space bond. The additional $3 million would be contributed to the Snow Ranch Pastures easement. Park City Budget Manager Nat Rockwood prepared a staff report giving the council the two options.
“Just discussing the different funding options. There was some funding bond available through the additional resort community sales tax that was budgeted towards open space.” Rockwood explained, “So, continuing to combine that and see how all of that looks, but really just getting the council discussion on (whether) it makes sense to do a combined bond (or) do it a different way. This is just some information, so they can have that discussion.”
After 6:00 pm the Council will begin their regular meeting. Earlier this week Mayor Andy Beerman sent a letter to Park City’s Congressional Representatives regarding the Trump Administration’s immigration policy. Foster says council will consider passing a resolution similar to the one passed by Summit County.
“Our city council and congressional delegation agree on this, that the treatment of families has been abhorrent. So last week, city council really appreciated and recognized in the meeting the work that Summit County council did to pass a resolution. City council wanted to honor what the county did and support what they did by sending a letter to our congressional delegation. The other piece is that on the city council agenda will be a resolution that is similar to the Summit County resolution.” Foster continued, “City council feels very strongly about this not only about the separation of families but also about the ‘dreamers’ in our community. We have quite a few ‘dreamers’ in our community, we even have ‘dreamers’ on city staff that we’re really proud of. The city council’s perspective is that we made those folks a promise and we need to make good on it. I think that there’s generally a sentiment of desire for immigration reform.”
Council will also consider a proposal to move the venue for the rest of the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights pop-up concert series from Quins Junction to City Park.
“The next concert would still be at Quinn’s but then there are six shows that follow in August and September. They’re asking city council to explore the idea of moving those August and September concerts to city park. We don’t have a specific recommendation yet, but as always (we’re) exploring the idea.” Foster said “We do know that we don’t want council to make a decision this week. We’ll recommend that they continue it because we haven’t done public outreach with folks down there.”