Park City Municipal

Today on the Local News Hour:

(00:05) - Weather

(08:58) - Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber has details on Wednesday’s board meeting when the board approved next year’s budget and had another look at master planning.

(26:03) - Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting, including the adoption of next year’s budget.

(39:09) - Park City Film Executive Director Katy Wang has an update on their virtual film offerings, including a film and Q and A happening tonight.

Today on the Local News Hour

(09:52) Summit County Council Member Roger Armstrong with an update from Wednesday's meeting.

(24:37) Assistant Park City Manager Dave Everitt has an update on the Arts and Culture District.

(40:49) Vice Chairman of the Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner, Thomas Cooke has an update from Tuesday’s meeting discussing the propposed Colby School Bed and Breakfast.

Senator Mitt Romney

Friday’s Virtual Park City Council Roundtable hosted by Mayor Andy Beerman and Council Member Max Doilney, talked with a couple members of Utah’s Congressional delegation about social safety nets, the national debt, and politics in this time of COVID-19.

The U.S. Congress has collaborated in passing federal legislation to distribute trillions of dollars in relief to Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. H.R. 748, known as the CARES Act addresses economic fallout of the pandemic. A second bill is awaiting a signature from the President.

Park City Municipal

About 200 people tuned into the Park City Council’s virtual roundtable on Friday. Utah Senator Mitt Romney and Representative Ben McAdams were on the panel discussing the federal response to the COVID-19 impacts on local businesses.

Park City Council Member Max Doilney said he and other small business owners are uncertain about the federal Paycheck Protection Program, known as the PPP. The second round of funding the PPP has made it through Congress and is waiting for the President’s signature. Doilney asked Romney to clarify the requirements and where people can go for answers.

Officials at Park City Municipal have to consider the fiscal impacts they’re facing due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

One person trying to gauge the future is Utilities Director Clint McAffee who spoke to us last week.  

McAffee, who keeps an eye on the city’s water operations, said it’s no surprise that they’ve seen a dramatic drop in water use by commercial establishments since the lockdown ordered in March.

Newly Named Executive Director of High Country News Greg Hanscom -who grew up here in Park City – talks about his new position and the history of the 50 year old publication. Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting and Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Director Mike Luers discusses the problems they're seeing at the sewer treatment plants and the postponement of the Open House for the new $50 million sewer treatment plant.


KPCW's Leslie Thatcher interviewed Summit County Manager Tom Fisher and Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough Saturday night about the developments surrounding the COVID-19 situation.  Topics covered include the new case of COVID-19 in Summit County that health officials call the first case of "community spread" in Utah, the closing of Park City's two ski resorts, and an upcoming order for all Summit County restaurants to prohibit inside dining and allow curbside pickup only.

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At Tuesday’s State of Park City address, Park City Mayor Andy Beerman encouraged residents to support a zero-waste goal for the city. That’s something the city council will consider Thursday — what zero waste for Park City could look like. The city estimates 45% of in-town waste comes from residents.  Park City Manager Matt Dias says the city could have a huge impact and other communities in the United States divert almost 80% of waste from landfills.

A crowd of people sit in an auditorium; the Park City councilmembers sit on stage in front of a screen
Park City Municipal Corporation

The second annual State of Park City address brought around 200 community members to the Park City Library Santy Auditorium Tuesday evening. 

KPCW Radio

Park City Manager Matt Dias confirmed to KPCW that, after his arrest nearly a month ago, Transportation Director Alfred Knotts is not on administrative leave and still works for the city.

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman says the town’s State of the City address takes on a little different tone than other cities, or the governor’s annual State of the State address.

“It’s not meant to be formal at all," Beerman said. "It’s a celebration of who we are, and I think, as a mountain culture up here, we’re kind of lighthearted and we like to have fun, so the State of Park City should reflect that.”

 Mountain Mediation Center joins The Mountain Life. Mountain Mediation is non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the residents of Park City, Summit and Wasatch Counties with the support needed to prevent and resolve disputes and to transform conflict into progress.Their aim is to foster a compassionate community in which people with differing viewpoints listen to each other with understanding and mutual respect.

  Heinrich Deters of Park City Municipal and Charlie Sturgis of Mountain Trails Foundation join the show to introduce a new randomized City survey on electric mountain bikes and distinguish that survey from the Mountain Trails survey from late last year. Should electric mountain bikes (E-MTB's) be allowed beyond the streets of Park City and onto the non-motorized single track? After all, an E-MTB has a motor.

Summit County

Park City Municipal Transportation Director Alfred Knotts was formally charged with three Class B Misdemeanors Monday morning, after a recent altercation at his home. 

Alfred Knotts was charged with assault and two counts of commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child, after being arrested and booked into the Summit County Jail just after midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 5. 

Utah State Capitol
KPCW Radio

Although Park City is a small, liberal stronghold in conservative Utah, Park City Manager Matt Dias says the town isn’t always playing defense at the Utah Legislature. Last year, the city flexed some lawmaking muscle with the successful passage of the Community Renewable Energy Act, paving the way for Park City to reach its 2030 net-zero carbon goal. Dias says the city tries to be strategic in its representation on Capitol Hill.