January 6, 2007
City Hall buys bus passes
City Hall has purchased 20 passes to the new shuttle service between Park City, Heber and the Salt Lake Valley, saying that the local government is helping "address a thorny transportation problem."
City Hall employees may use the passes at no charge.
The service, offered by All Resort Group division Lewis Stages, recently was launched with widespread publicity. The shuttle provides early morning, evening and late-night service between the destinations.
The city made its purchase "in hopes of easing traffic congestion, especially during the busy winter ski season," according to a release from City Hall.
The release also notes that Park City Manager Tom Bakaly "emphasized the importance of the city leading by example in promoting alternative forms of transportation and influencing other businesses to jump on the employee shuttle bandwagon."
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Lots of people in Park City are intrigued by the service as a means to reduce traffic. The passes are, potentially, perks for workers, who can choose between jobs in the hot local economy.
There are no public-transportation options between Park City, Heber and Salt Lake.
Traffic complaints have been frequent during the early part of the ski season and the shuttle service is seen as a method to reduce the number of commuters on roads like S.R. 224 and S.R. 248, the two wintertime entryways into Park City.
For more information about the service, contact Karrie at All Resort Group. Her phone number is 658-9714 and her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traffic complaints continue
Park City has received another round of complaints about traffic when it polled Parkites about their satisfaction with the local government.
Although the results show that people are happy with City Hall, the government released a list of comments that it compiled from the responses. Some regard traffic, which has drawn lots of complaints in 2006.
A sampling of the comments, released by City Hall anonymously, includes:
( "Comstock between Sidewinder & 248 is like a commercial freeway." The person suggests speed bumps, stop signs and signs identifying neighborhoods.
( "There are children and senior citizens living in this area who might seriously be hurt by the speeding vehicles that are present every day . . .," someone writes, targeting Thaynes Canyon.
( "Deer Valley Drive traffic from circle to Snow Park. Workers speed in the morning and going home; then, "dinner" folks speed coming from upper Deer Valley to dine on Main Street."
( "Comstock traffic! Petition circulated and 50+ residents are concerned about commercial vehicles and speed! (Why is this issue being ignored?)"
Parkites approached Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council during a series of meetings in 2006 asking for relief. Some have been frustrated with traffic in Prospector, including on Comstock Drive, a key street in the neighborhood.
The Park City Public Works Department says it will repair mailboxes damaged or destroyed by the city’s snowplow fleet if someone proves a snowplow is the cause.
According to a flier published by Public Works, people whose mailboxes have been "damaged by direct contact with a City snowplow or City sidewalk plow" should call the department, 615-5301.
The department says if it is proven a crew is responsible, repairs will be made after the snowplows finish clearing the streets.
Also, Public Works says people should clear the snow around their mailboxes to make sure letter carriers can make deliveries.
Mailboxes that are placed within the city’s right of way are done so at the owner’s risk, Public Works says.
"Each mailbox installation should be sufficiently solid to withstand snow-clearing efforts," the flier says.
The city receives occasional complaints of snowplows striking mailboxes.
The flier lists other snowplowing policies and provides a map showing what streets are priorities for the plows. Well-traveled streets are first.
It also notes that shoveling sidewalks is the responsibility of the homeowner or the business owner. City crews on a priority basis will clear sidewalks and stairs on Main Street, Park Avenue and Kearns Boulevard.
Public Works sent the flier to people with Park City addresses.
People should call 615-5301 for snow-removal information between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and call 615-5346 after 5 p.m. to leave a message.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger