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Library board vacancies

City Hall is seeking up to three people to serve on the Park City Library Board, a panel that assists in setting policies at the popular Park City Library and Education Center.

Linda Tillson, the library director, says the terms of two members are expiring, and a third opening might be available on the Library Board. The panel consists of between five and nine members, and eight people are seated now, she says.

The Library Board meets on the second Monday of each month, with meetings scheduled from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. People must be Park City residents to serve. They are not compensated.

Terms are three years, with a limit of two terms.

Tillson says the panel recently finished a two-year update to library policies. Members also assist library staffers with long-range planning.

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A subcommittee of the Library Board is evaluating how much space the library will need in the future, Tillson says.

The library, 1255 Park Ave., is popular with book lovers and others who use the resources there, including Internet terminals.

The City Hall application for the panel asks people about their interests, and it asks them to list issues of importance and for a description of the mission of the Library Board.

Tillson says at least three applications had been submitted. Applications are available at the library or Park City’s Executive offices at Miners Hospital. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday.

Applications can be turned in at the library or the Executive offices, or they can be e-mailed to Tillson. Her e-mail address is: ltillson@parkcity.org. For more information, call Tillson at 615-5605.

Construction dips slightly

Park City’s construction industry through April had dipped slightly from the same period in 2007, the Building Department reports.

According to the department, City Hall had issued about $77.7 million worth of permits through the end of April, slightly behind the $81.5 million recorded in the previous year.

The Building Department says it issued 81 permits totaling about $9.2 million in April, down significantly from the $57.7 million worth of construction that received permits the month before. The value of the April permits was up slightly from the same month the previous year.

The number of electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits was mixed compared to the previous month and the same month the year before.

The department issued permits for five houses in April. They are valued at a combined $2.9 million. One three-unit multi-family structure received a permit, worth $1.5 million. The Building Department, meanwhile, issued 57 permits for alterations or additions. They are valued at a little more than $4.7 million.

Building inspectors averaged 196.55 inspections each day in April, down from the previous month and up from the same month the year before.

The construction industry has set two consecutive records, with the tally in 2007 reaching $239.7 million. Officials have said it is unlikely another standard will be set in 2008.

Observers have long said Park City’s housing market remained robust as the economy dipped, but recent numbers show sales and volume fell almost 50 percent in the first quarter of 2008.

It is unclear what effect the first-quarter real estate numbers will have on Park City’s construction industry.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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