Emily Means

Reporter
Park City Municipal

The Park City Building Department is rolling out new software to streamline its permitting process. 

Starting June 3, the Building Department will go paperless for its review and permitting process. Chief Building Official Dave Thacker says the software is geared toward all customers—big developers and homeowners alike.

Currently, construction permitting is done by paper and pencil. The new software will be used to issue all building and fire permits for the City.

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The Park City Council heard a presentation Thursday from two local nonprofits, who are requesting to carve out a space at the Quinn’s Junction Sports Complex for their permanent offices.

Summit Land Conservancy and the Mountain Trails Foundation’s leases at their current Bonanza Park office spaces are likely ending next spring. The two are looking to combine forces and resources to build a permanent home base near the maintenance building at the Quinn’s Junction Sports Complex.

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May is Bike Month, and on a good-weather day, some people might want to experience the fresh air on their commute to work. But if you work in town and live out of town, how feasible is it to plant your car at a park-and-ride and cycle in? 

Summit Bike Share ambassador Chris Putt says, with the motor-assisted pedals on e-bikes, it’s totally possible to bike into Park City from the Kimball Junction Transit Center or Ecker Hill park-and-ride—without getting too sweaty.

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After screening the documentary “Era of Megafires” Wednesday, a panel of emergency responders from Park City, Summit County and Wasatch County discussed how they’re preparing for longer fire seasons and bigger fires along the Wasatch Back’s wildland-urban interface. 

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The Park City Council will consider requests for funding for two different transportation projects Thursday. 

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As this year’s race for Park City Council kicks off, first-term Councilmember Becca Gerber says she will be seeking reelection to another four-year term in office. 

The Park Meadows resident says when she first ran, she wanted to represent working-class Parkites and younger residents in town. Additionally, Gerber says she’s had some major life changes since taking office that also bring a unique viewpoint to the Council.

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The Park City Council will hold another hearing on the Fiscal Year 2020 budget at its meeting Thursday, digging into capital improvement projects. 

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Park City Mayor Andy Beerman announced the creation of a new position at the State of the City address in February. A longtime City staffer will soon step into that role. 

Michelle Downard has worked for Park City Municipal for 15 years. Hired by former Chief Building Official Ron Ivie, Downard started in code enforcement. She took tests and gained certifications to better understand City processes and regulations, and became a senior code enforcement officer, then a building and plan check coordinator, then deputy chief building official.

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Park City Chief Building Official Dave Thacker has noted a slight increase in the number of building permits from last year. He’s excited for the construction that’s coming up—despite being a little short-staffed. 

Thacker says Utah’s job market for building inspectors is facing a high demand. The Park City Building Department has had challenges filling those positions, but Thacker says the department is making progress. There are four inspectors on staff who have come up through the ranks at the City—as well as an incoming employee.

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In recent years, the Western United States has experienced extreme and destructive wildfires. On Wednesday, a panel of emergency responders will discuss how to protect Summit and Wasatch Counties’ lands and communities, as Utah gears up for hot, dry weather. 

Park City Chief Building Official Dave Thacker says it’s important for local communities that are in a wildland-urban interface—where human development meets the wilderness—to engage in a conversation about preventing and responding to wildfires.

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Park City Municipal will be suspending the operation of the Homestake shuttle and lot until winter, at the earliest. 

Park City Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts says the City has noted an average of five cars in the Homestake lot on any given evening, pointing to a lack of use of the park-and-ride and shuttle. Knotts says continuing service there wouldn’t be fiscally or environmentally responsible, and that bus drivers are already spread thin across the transit system.

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Prospector residnet Max Doilney conveyed to KPCW Friday his intent to run for Park City Council.

Doilney says, except for time away traveling and at college, he’s spent his whole life in Park City. The Corner Store Pub & Grill and Corner Sports owner has never sought public office before, nor has he served on any boards or commissions. But Doilney says he has more time and energy now to participate in the community at that level, and he wants to be part of the conversation as Park City changes.

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On a given Monday or Thursday, the Park City Senior Center sees anywhere from 20 to 45 people coming through for lunch and socializing. Many who have made it part of their routine are having difficulty grappling with the impending transition to the Christian Center of Park City, when construction on the Woodside Park Phase 2 housing development closes the center. 

“I like all my people. I do not want to move. But, things happen.”

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Traveling about town, you may have noticed art starting to turn up in unlikely places—on electric utility boxes throughout Park City. 

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The Park City Planning Department has an opportunity for those who are interested in Park City’s historic neighborhoods—or if you’re just interested in enjoying a walk around town. 

The Planning Department wants input from residents and visitors regarding the architecture of certain historic areas. So, they’re asking people to take a walking tour of different character areas around town. A character area may have been shaped by factors such as the natural environment or patterns of development—whatever the reason, the structures within share unique characteristics.

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