City Hall and Rocky Mountain Power next week have scheduled an open house to outline ideas to upgrade the power company's capabilities in Park City.
The open house is scheduled from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday at The Yard, 1251 Kearns Blvd. City Hall staffers and Rocky Mountain Power officials are expected to attend. It is likely people with interests along the Bonanza Drive corridor will also be present.
Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council were recently briefed and a stakeholder meeting has also been held. The open house next week could draw a wider crowd than the other meetings. The talks between Park City officials and the power company have stretched over the past 1 1/2 years.
Rocky Mountain Power now operates a substation off Munchkin Drive. The substation is nearing capacity. Rocky Mountain Power wants its capabilities upgraded by the fall of 2015.
Two options are under consideration. One would expand the current substation while the other would involve a new facility. A new facility would be located at 1555 lower Iron Horse Drive. The site on lower Iron Horse Drive is known as the place where a fueling station and laundry facilities sit.
Matt Cassel, the Park City engineer and one of the staffers representing City Hall in the discussions, said the open house is not expected to address the height of power poles that might be built as part of the upgrade.
There has been talk that the height of the poles could climb to the range of 100 feet, significantly taller then the ones along Bonanza Drive now. Cassel said the current poles are approximately 60 to 65 feet tall. Taller ones could draw opposition from people with businesses nearby or people who live places where the poles would be visible.
The plans, once finalized, could have impacts on the eventual redevelopment of the Bonanza Park district.
For more information about the open house, contact Cassel at 615-5075.