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Water plan adopted

The Park City Council recently adopted a wide-ranging plan for its water sources, addressing issues like how City Hall wants to secure more water and how water prices should be determined.

Known as a ‘water strategic plan,’ the document is among the most detailed outlines of City Hall’s waterworks planning. The plan is described as a "dynamic document" and Public Works Director Jerry Gibbs expects that it will be reviewed at least once a year.

It says that the government’s mission is, "to provide service in a cost effective and environmentally sensitive manner to our community that promotes a reasonable cost for safe, clean, healthy, fresh water for culinary needs, 24 hours a day, Today and Tomorrow."

Some of the strategies and policies outlined in the document include:

( That City Hall will "maximize the availability of Park City’s water from the Rockport Importation project," which is a long-planned pipeline from the Rockport Reservoir. It is not built.

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( That the government will maintain its tunnel sources of water.

( That City Hall will lease excess water.

( That the government intends to alter water fees each year to meet expenses like upgrades, bond obligations and operations.

( That the city will develop water sources that exceed the amount of water City Hall projects will be needed to serve future development.

The document also explains that the government will use new technologies, conduct a public-relations campaign regarding the quality of the water and protect watersheds when planning developments.

Water issues have for years been an important issue for the Park City and Summit County governments, which have tried to ensure that there is enough water for the area’s fast-growing population. In Park City, the government has also worked to ensure that the water’s quality meets federal standards.

Alpine coaster approved

The Park City Planning Commission has approved what is being called an ‘Alpine Coaster’ at Park City Mountain Resort, an attraction that will be open all year, the Planning Department indicated.

Commissioners on Wednesday approved a conditional-use permit for the coaster, which is planned for the area between the First Time and the PayDay lifts.

In a report, Brooks Robinson, the City Hall planner assigned to the application, describes the attraction as featuring sleds on a track built an average of 10 to 15 feet above the ground. The coaster will cross a ski run nearby PayDay, the report indicates.

The coaster will be situated nearby the resort’s Alpine Slide and ZipRider.

PCMR in the last decade has been aggressive in building and marketing off-snow attractions like the ZipRider and Alpine Slide. The attractions are especially important to the resort’s summertime business, when lots of people from the Salt Lake Valley visit Park City on day trips.

Building figures dip

Park City’s construction industry this year is slightly trailing the numbers recorded through the end of February

2005, the city’s Building Department reports.

The Building Department said a little more than $14.8 million in construction had been permitted by the end of February. that time last year, the department had authorized a little more than $17.7 million.

In February, the department issued 31 building permits valued at a combined $10.9 million, significantly higher than the little more than $3.9 million in January. Last month’s totals also beat the numbers from the previous February, when 26 permits valued at about $9.1 million were issued.

The number of electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits was up from February 2005 but down from January 2006.

In February, one commercial building, valued at almost $8.5 million, ticked the valuation upward.

The Building Department issued permits for two single-family homes and one duplex.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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