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At Thursday’s meeting, the Park City Council checked its last three boxes regarding the preservation of Bonanza Flat. They finalized a land exchange agreement with the Girl Scouts of Utah; approved Utah Open Lands’ holding of the conservation easement; and approved the adaptable management plan for the area.

 

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Park City Municipal’s Vision 2020 process has revealed what many community members fear the city’s fate will be: “Amusement Park City,” a town where visitors continue to outnumber residents, and the city is overwhelmed by the impact. Some resort communities are trying to move forward in a way that supports the tourism economy but also makes residents feel heard.

Given the term, sustainable tourism could have something to do with reducing waste or switching to renewable energy, but Park City Mayor Andy Beerman says it’s an emerging concept.

The Park City Vision 2020 process kicked off this year. As the city looks ahead to making the Park City community’s vision a reality, city leaders look at what they have accomplished and plan to do to implement “bold change.”

On today’s program, two of the panelists from Wednesday’s Park City Future Summit event, Angela Moschetta and Hans Fuegi discuss their take-aways from the visioning session. Park City Mayor Andy Beerman has a recap of last night's meeting and Tom Farkas with Save People Save Wildlife talks about the group's request to Summit County for funding additional wildlife fencing.

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Some 200 Park City community members attended the Park City Future Summit Wednesday evening to discuss issues and opportunities on Park City’s horizon. 

Park City Municipal and project consultant Future IQ presented data collected from the city’s Vision 2020 process so far, including 810 community survey responses since June, results from a 35-person think tank session and information from dozens of community workshops.

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The Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has new numbers on this summer’s visitation as well as predictions for the upcoming winter.  According to Park City Chamber Bureau CEO Bill Malone, Park City still has room to grow. 

Malone says visitor numbers for summer are slightly down–just one percent–compared to the same time last year. But looking ahead to this winter, bookings are up one percent, with February being the most popular month so far.

The Park City Council met last week under the new direction of interim City Manager Matt Dias. After what appeared from the outside to be an unexpected decision to terminate then-City Manager Diane Foster’s employment agreement at the beginning of October, some community members have expressed a desire for more information from the Park City Council. Foster will be leaving with a severance payout of likely more than $170,000, per her 2013 employment agreement. Park City Mayor Andy Beerman says that compensation is typical for an at-will position, high-level position like city manager.

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Park City Mayor Andy Beerman, joined by Councilmembers Tim Henney, Becca Gerber and Nann Worel, voted at a special meeting Friday to terminate City Manager Diane Foster’s 2013 employment agreement without cause, meaning Foster’s employment did not end due to reasons such as embezzlement or theft; violation of her duties and responsibilities as city manager; or other conduct in violation of city ethics code. Councilmembers Steve Joyce and Lynn Ware Peek were excused from the meeting due to scheduling conflicts.

 

In a letter to Park City Municipal staff Tuesday morning, Park City Manager Diane Foster announced her removal from her role as city manager. Foster says Mayor Andy Beerman and the Park City Council made the decision. She asked staff to give their support to Assistant City Manager Matt Dias, who will step into the role as interim city manager, effective immediately.

 

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The Park City Council has made affordable housing a community critical priority and plans to spend some $40 million to reach their goal of building 800 affordable or attainable units within city limits by 2026. The 54 units that have come on the market since 2016 have been for-sale, gearing them toward people who expect to stay in the community long-term. This report explores the city’s role in providing housing for the seasonal workforce that keeps the town running in the winter.

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The Park City Council voted to approve a joint resolution with the Summit County Council expressing their official stance on the SR 248 project to the Utah Department of Transportation.

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When the Park City Council recently discussed the City’s selection process for affordable housing applicants, Mayor Andy Beerman commented that public support for the City’s housing efforts hinged on choosing a process that gives extra consideration to people based on their careers and how long they’ve worked in the area. 

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Park City Attorney Mark Harrington made a special announcement at Thursday’s City Council meeting.

“So, as of yesterday, March 20, the city is proud owner of a little parcel in Old Town called Treasure Hill.”

Voters approved the $48 million Treasure Hill and Armstrong/Snow Ranch Pasture open space bond in November 2018, with $45 million of that designated for the purchase of Treasure Hill. Harrington says Budget Manager Nate Rockwood and the Park City Budget Department secured the bond financing on February 20, at a 2.43% interest rate.

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A bill based on three years of negotiations by Park City, Summit County, Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power failed at its first hearing at the state Legislature Wednesday, but after some updates to the bill language and discussion with committee members, HB 411 will see another day at the Capitol.  

On today’s #LocalNewsHour, Summit County Assistant Manager Janna Young discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. City Planning Director Bruce Erickson has a preview of Wednesday's planning commission meeting, including a new agreement to protect the town’s historical mining structures and  Park City Mayor Andy Beerman recaps the two-day Council retreat from last week and previews tonight’s State of the City address.

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