Letters to the Editor
July 23, 2008
Mindful of the discussions about the city developing work-force housing, I’d like to know whether the city has evaluated the alternative of buying existing properties rather than developing new ones? If so, what was the outcome of that evaluation? If not, why not?
There are many properties on the market throughout our town, presumably at reduced prices. Buying and using these properties for subsidized workforce housing would have many benefits: using existing infrastructure (rather than developing new); reducing vacancy, which can reduce vandalism; creating better class-based integration within our community; and maintaining existing open space. Doug Engfer Park City
Dismayed at wine columnist’s words
Having read your article, "Are We in Napa or Disneyland" (The Park Record, June 19-22), we were a bit dismayed to read that our wines came across as the product of "industrial wine production" and our staff as people who had "never clipped a vine or pumped over a vat of wine" in their wine careers.
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Our winemaker takes great pride in fermenting and blending from at least 50 vineyard lots, all of which are meticulously ranked and tasted before they either pass the test or fail to make their entry into the "master blend" constituting a vintage. A vintage itself typically comprises 22,000 to 25,000 nine-liter cases, roughly the same production as many Chateaux in Bordeaux. As to those working in guest relations, we require all of our staff to be trained by the viticulturist in pruning techniques and to attend a minimum of three classes or meetings a year specifically on viticulture. All of our senior staff have actually made their own wine (and made pruning and picking decisions on the vineyard blocks that yield those grapes) in a cross-training program that also includes the financial and administrative departments of the winery.
That said, if your travels take you back to Napa Valley, I’d be happy to arrange a visit to Opus One for you and any of your guests. We’d jump at the chance to give you a "backstage" view of our vineyards and winery.
Director of public relations, Opus One
Egyptian is too good to ignore
Last weekend I began my yearly subscription at the Egyptian Theater with their new production of "Altar Boyz." This musical has been playing off Broadway for a skillion years. I’m not sure why I missed it when living in NYC, but the New York production could hardly be any better than the one here in Park City. With a universally talented cast of 5, an orchestra matching their effort, and direction and choreography worthy of any show anywhere, the Theater rocked with almost deafening applause and cheers from the audience. I say "almost" because our beloved Egyptian was at least one fourth empty. This should not happen. With our population of knowledgeable and sophisticated citizens in the Summit County area, there should never be an empty seat at our theater.
I urge everyone to make it a point to catch this show before it goes away in a few short weeks. More than that, I urge you to consider purchasing a subscription to support the efforts of this amazing theater company. A yearly subscription costs less than dinner and wine in one of our great Main Street eateries. Ticket prices do not reflect the true cost of a production, but attendance does influence the many sponsors who make up the difference between ticket sales and production costs.
We must support the Egyptian or risk the potential to lose this little diamond in Park City. The rest of the season continues with three uproarious and tuneful productions "Pageant," "The Music Man" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum." Make it a point to be a part of this of this season. Bring yourselves, bring your kids and bring your guests. Let’s not lose it.
Is open space the place for housing?
Park City residents should be aware that the City has proposed, and received initial planning approval for, the development of 13 houses for Park City employees, which will be located in currently existing open space. The development site lies behind the police station and the post office in a wetlands area with marsh vegetation, and a walking and biking path that is well used by residents and tourists of Park City. Despite the considerable effort the City has made to address relevant issues, several issues concerning use of this land have not been sufficiently examined. Because the site is enclosed in a flood plain, potential building cost overruns could be incurred; downstream impacts require further analysis, as do issues of wildlife habitat impact and visual impacts caused by 13 buildings, some of which may be the equivalent of three stories in height, contained in less than three acres.
Although we acknowledge the critical need for affordable housing in Park City, and support efforts to provide such housing, we remain deeply concerned with proposed use of city-owned open space for a municipal housing development. All alternate existing available housing should be considered before this project is allowed to take precedence over the preservation of an irreplaceable open space that can be enjoyed by the entire community.
An appeal to the Planning Commission has been filed and we are currently asking residents to sign a petition and/or attend the next City Council meeting, on July 31, 2008, at the City Library Building. Comments may also be submitted to Mayor Dana Williams.
The voters of Park City have made open space a top priority. Such a priority should not be overlooked simply because there are other needs that have not yet been met. Dolly Makoff Myra Strauchen
Losing Blair would be like losing World Cup
If the Board of Trustees of Community Wireless (KPCW) let Blair Feulner go, it would be akin to PCMR giving away the World Cup.
In both cases monetary matters appear to be the issue, either too much or not enough. Ultimately, no amount of money can buy what these ‘institutions’ have meant to Park City.
The losses are mounting. We are rapidly becoming just another ski town; nice, but nothing special.
Kathryn Lenton Park City