Council Chooses To Lease Bus Battery, Also Plan Improvements To Bonanza Flat

Nov 19, 2018

As Part of Park City Council’s business last week, the panel approved batteries for their electric buses—and they heard about a planned improvement for their Bonanza Flat property.

The Council last week approved an agreement to lease electric-bus batteries from Proterra. Council Member Lynn Ware Peek said there were a couple of reasons they were leasing the batteries.

“Ultimately cost effective and it’s managing the risk associated. As you know we’re sort of on the cutting edge, we’re the forerunners here with this whole battery technology with the electric busses. I think we perceived it as a bigger risk considering that we are in such a cold climate and we’re using the buses going up and down hills and we’re at a high elevation. If we just lease the batteries, we can have them replaced and guaranteed if there’s an issue. So, we’re purchasing seven new buses, seven new charges and then leasing these batteries.”

The council also heard briefly from Heinrich Deters, the Project Manger for the Bonanza Flat property—one week after a contentious meeting with some owners in Brighton Estates, concerning trails and access between the neighboring properties.

Deters said as a pilot program this winter, they would change the alignment for a trail running along Jeep Hill into Brighton Estates.

“Council had identified on Bonanza Flat a winter safety corridor. So, we had placed that, at the bottom of the hill there was concern there was an abrupt turn to route users into private land and then through a gate that was about 12 feet wide. Staff along with mountain ops from Deer Valley went up to review the area from a technical aspect. We came to the conclusion that just extending the route pretty much straight out for an additional I think it’s about 75 yards or something like that that users wouldn’t have to make that turn. Additionally, there’s fencing there that we would open up and we would provide a corridor of about 25 feet wide so a groomer could access in and out of that corridor as well.”