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City Hall gives raises

The members of the Park City Council voted themselves and Mayor Dana Williams a raise recently, deciding that they should earn 2 percent more in salary than before.

Under the raises, in place for fiscal year 2007, which started on July 1, Williams will earn $22,556.04 in salary and the five members of the City Council will each take home $11,405.04 in salary.

The mayor and the City Councilors also are eligible for health and dental benefits, valued at $10,500 per year, according to Gary Hill, who manages City Hall’s budget. If the officials do not sign up for the health and dental benefits, they may receive the $10,500 in cash, Hill said.

The 2 percent increase matches the raises received by rank-and-file City Hall staffers, Hill said.

Meanwhile, the City Council on Thursday endorsed the salaries paid to five City Hall staffers who hold what are known as statutory positions. Those increases were 2 percent, according to a report submitted to the City Council before the vote.

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The five staffers and their salaries are:

( City Manager Tom Bakaly, between $105,070 and $120,360.

( City Attorney Mark Harrington, between $91,692 and $107,100.

( City Engineer Eric DeHaan, between $66,300 and $87,394.

( City Treasurer Lori Collett, who is City Hall’s finance manager, between $55,080 and $79,508.

( City Recorder Jan Scott, between $25,459 and $39,059.

The local government recently finished its annual budget talks. Neither the salaries of the elected officials nor those of City Hall staffers drew much attention during the budget talks.

Pavement contract

The Park City Council recently authorized $671,829.80 in pavement work in 2006, agreeing to reapply asphalt to selected streets and bicycle paths.

Staker & Parson Companies won the contract over Granite Construction, which submitted a $770,806 bid for the work, according to a report submitted to the City Council beforehand.

Some of the major streets scheduled for the asphalt work, sometimes called overlays, include Swede Alley from Heber Avenue to 5th Street, 1,100 feet of Deer Valley Drive nearby the Old Town roundabout, Meadows Drive in the vicinity of Evening Star Drive and Lake View Court, 1,150 feet in the vicinity of Royal Street and Silver Lake Drive and Empire Avenue in the vicinity of Manor Way and 15th Street.

In the report, Pace Erickson, who is operations manager in the Public Works Department, says the work, "maximizes pavement life and minimizes pavement costs" by fixing up the streets in an appropriate timeframe.

He also indicates that asphalt prices are higher than before, "due to the volatile oil prices the world has experienced." He says that the prices are up 49 percent in a year, to $71 per ton. Erickson says that City Hall originally estimated that the cost this year would be $368,343.71.

Also included in the work will be four stretches of paths. They are: the south side of S.R. 248 from Sidewinder Drive to Cooke Drive, the north side of S.R. 248 from Monitor Drive until the end of the path, the City Park trail from the Iron Horse area to the Old Town transit center and the trails at the Park City High School athletic complex.

Waterworks construction proceeds

The Park City Water Department recently launched construction of what is being called the ‘Boothill Tank,’ located directly north, or behind, the Park City Cemetery on Kearns Boulevard.

According to a statement from City Hall, the new tank, which will be made of reinforced concrete, will increase the storage capacity from 1 million gallons to 3 million gallons. The increased capacity, the city says, will make the system more efficient and better able to meet demand for water when it peaks.

"The additional water storage will allow much better equalization of the system so we can more efficiently meet daily water demands now and in the future," Kathy Dunks, City Hall’s water manager, says in the statement.

The government expects that construction will be visible on the top of the hill. Excavation equipment, concrete trucks and other construction vehicles are expected to be at the site, the city says.

Public Works Director Jerry Gibbs says crews used explosives to assist with the work and reports that the blasting was conducted without incident. He says the city is unsure if additional blasting will be required.

The work is expected to run through the end of 2006 and Gibbs says the project is budgeted to cost about $1.5 million.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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