Emily Means

Reporter

On the Local News Hour: Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson previews Wednesday’s planning commission meeting; Peace House Board Members Julie Joyce and Pam Woll have details about this week’s Bling Fling event; and Utah Open Lands Executive Director Wendy Fisher discusses the recent protection of some land within the Bonanza Flat open space area.

Deer Valley Resort

International students on J-1 visas fill one in six seasonal jobs in Summit County’s local service and hospitality industries. A task force is still working to fill the need for housing student workers this upcoming season.

Pete Stoughton, director of programming at the Christian Center of Park City, says the International Student Housing Task Force was born out of need.

Park City School District / PCSD

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office opened and closed an investigation Friday into allegations of vandalism at Park City Superintendent Jill Gildea’s house. Law enforcement determined no criminal activity occurred.

Today on the Local News Hour: Dani Lo Feudo from Mountainlands Community Housing Trust and Pete Stoughton from the Christian Center of Park City talk about the persistent need for housing student workers as Park City heads into the peak winter season; Park City Foundation Community Impact Director Ollie Wilder and Board Member Mike Ruzek have the final tally from Friday's Live PC Give PC fundraising efforts; Park City Museum Executive Director Sandra Morrison previews an upcoming lecture called, “The Whites Want Everything,” presented by Utah historian Will Bagley; and Park City Edu

The Park City Council held a work session on traffic and circulation in Old Town at its meeting Thursday. 

Councilmember Lynn Ware Peek says there are basically two approaches to traffic in Old Town. The first is a broad assessment of every aspect of Main Street and the surrounding neighborhoods’ transportation problems, which could cost up to $280,000 to complete. Peek says council preferred a different strategy.

Max Doilney

With three open seats on the Park City Council, Park City voters re-elected incumbent Councilmembers Nann Worel and Becca Gerber to their second terms in office. Lifelong Park City resident and local business owner Max Doilney will join them, to fill the seat vacated by Councilmember Lynn Ware Peek.

Max Doilney says he believes voters supported him—as well as Councilmember Becca Gerber—because they’re born-and-raised Parkites.

KPCW Radio

Two dozen people interested in affordable housing in the Park City area attended an orientation hosted by Park City Municipal and Mountainlands Community Housing Trust Tuesday. 

Trish Walker moved to Park City in 2001 and now finds she has a need for a more reasonably priced living situation.

"This just all came on my horizon right now," Walker said. "I'm a single mom now. I used to own real estate in Park City, but that kind of went to the wayside, and I'm tired of paying the high rents. I can't right now, and so this program really interests me."

PCSD

Park City Superintendent Jill Gildea has filed an incident report with the Sheriff’s Office over vandalism at her home in Jeremy Ranch. The report comes a week after the alleged incident occurred on Oct. 31.

Summit County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright says Superintendent Jill Gildea filed the report Friday, Nov. 8.

"We are happily investigating this to figure out what exactly happened, and we want the community to know that we are taking any report seriously," Wright said. "We will do our best to figure out what happened."

The Park City Council will continue its discussion of the Old Town access and circulation plan Thursday, a city effort to reduce traffic congestion on Main Street and in the surrounding neighborhoods. 

The city council in August received an update on the plan after city staff conducted community meetings about traffic in Old Town. Park City Economic Development Director Jonathan Weidenhamer described the efforts as wanting to balance the impacts of the town’s resort economy with the quality of life for residents.

Scott Loomis, executive director of Mountainlands Community Housing Trust, says most of Park City’s service jobs pay $15 to $20 an hour, and that doesn’t support the cost of living in the Park City-area.

 

“The area median income for a family of four is $109,800, which equates to roughly about $55 an hour," Loomis said. "When we're paying people $15 to $20 an hour to service our resort economy, it's pretty difficult to make things work.”

The Park City Education Foundation is getting a little help from grandparents in the community Thursday.

Lynn Fey is the mother of Jody Fey, a Park City Education Foundation board member. Even so, Lynn says she didn’t realize what the Education Foundation does to support and fund educational programming for Park City School District students like her grandchildren, so she figured many other grandparents probably didn’t know, either.

Here are the preliminary results for Summit County elections, as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5:

For three open seats on the Park City Council, incumbent Councilmember Nann Worel leads with 1,452 votes, followed by fellow Councilmember Becca Gerber with 1,414 votes; and Max Doilney with 863. Ed Parigian trails behind Doilney at 701 votes, followed by Deanna Rhodes and Daniel Lewis.

The 2019 municipal general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

In Summit County, both Park City and Oakley are holding elections for city council. There’s also an election for South Summit Fire District as well as a South Summit School District bond for $87 million to fund a new high school and other items. And North Summit Recreation District is asking its patrons for taxing authority.

For Snyderville Basin residents, there is no election—so no need to worry about not receiving a ballot.

The Nov. 5 general election is Tuesday. The Summit County Clerk’s office has sent out 13,000 ballots for registered voters to vote by mail.

Both Park City and Oakley are holding elections for city council. There’s also an election for South Summit Fire District as well as a South Summit School District bond for $87 million to fund a new high school and other items. And North Summit Recreation District is asking its patrons for taxing authority.

Park City Municipal Corporation

The pedestrian tunnel under Kearns Blvd. is way behind schedule, due to weather, utilities and performance issues by the contractor. 

The State Route 248 pedestrian tunnel was meant to be completed by the time school started in August. Now, the finish date is anticipated for mid-November. Park City senior transportation planner Julia Collins has been managing the project on the city’s end. Collins says the wet spring played a part in the delay, but working with the contractor, Stapp Construction, has also been challenging.

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