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Park City's 24th Leadership Class Makes Its Way To Thursday's Council Meeting

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Park City Leadership Class 24 is coming to a close and will present their business plan to Park City Council at Thursday’s meeting. Melissa Allison has more:

Park City’s Leadership program is for people who want to learn the ins and outs of Park City. They meet monthly to learn about the tenants of leadership. They also vote on a class project that members agree to focus on.

Previous class projects  include voter registration, wind power, the plastic bag ban and saving Bonanza Flat.

Class 24 has focused on organic food waste. Though presenting a business plan to council is not a requirement of the leadership program, Assistant City Manager Matt Dias said they’re seeing more of them.

“It’s been happening more and more which I think is just a great learning tool for the class to just go through the process of getting before the public officials, understanding how public comment and testimony works," Dias said.  "And so, I think for the last several years this has happened, and they’re excited about it.”

 Dias says there are two components to the food waste program.

“The first component was to raise awareness of food diversion in our community," Dias said. "And so, chances are your listeners and members of the public saw them at Savor the Summit. At Park Silly Market they had tables, they screened the movie Wasted at the library and so, they really got the word out in the community. And that was kind of, one aspect of it. And the second aspect was, ‘Are there other technologies, are there other physical solutions that either the city, the county, or the regional area could deploy to create a true food waste diversion program?’”

Dias said the group doesn’t have a specific ask for money – however, they do have an ask.

“I think you’re going to hear from them at the end of their presentation that they’ve found a, a technology or a few technologies they’re going to ask the city and the county to do a little bit more research on and consider applying in the future," Dias asked. "One of them is this anaerobic digester which is a big stainless-steel drum that will take food waste and turn it into wood chips and other products that can be reused. And so that is one of the alternatives that they’re suggesting.” 

Dias said their main goal right now, is to get the city and county working together to look at their solid waste master plan and consider how they can take it forward.

The group is scheduled to give their presentation at Thursday’s meeting.

I’m Melissa Allison, KPCW News.

 
 

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