Letters to the Editor, December 21-22, 2011
December 21, 2011
The year 2011 has been an amazing one for the Summit Land Conservancy, thanks to the tremendous and generous support of so many individuals and organizations, and it is coming to a close with a spectacular finish. This year the Conservancy raised over one million dollars for conservation in Summit County, and became the first conservation organization in Utah to be awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
Earlier this month we were honored when the Mountain Trails Foundation donated a portion of their prize from Live PC Give PC to our campaign to save the Osguthorpe Farm in Round Valley. At the same time, we were awarded a $25,000 matching grant from Adam and Cindy Bronfman so that people who donate to save Round Valley now can double the impact of their gift. With all of this support we are getting very close to meeting our $1,050,000 goal.
This week we will close on the purchase of a conservation easement in Eastern Summit County that preserves a portion of the Weber River, local agriculture, and fishing access. This project brought together four separate funding sources, including over $350,000 in money from state and federal programs.
Thank you, to our donors, volunteers, landowners, trustees, and staff for preserving the landscapes of Summit County that we all cherish.
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Paying it forward during the holidays
The halls of the Park City Police Department are lined with new kids’ bikes, another room is filled with wonderful coats, there is candy in the records room and a tree in the lobby.
Many thanks to Suzy and Jim from "Your Valet" for allowing people to stay warm in wonderful coats; to Bob Lucking with Shop with a Cop and the terrific people who donated to the program and actually made the dreams of these kids come true; and, of course, to Rob Harter and the staff of the Christian Center. All of the efforts of these folks show me the actual fabric of this community. The Peace House nurtures victims of domestic violence every day, all day long.
We have such a strong and loving community, so, to all of your efforts, not a minute was lost on me, thank you so very much. And thanks that the people who are such an important part of Park City have a sense of gratitude from all of us.
Old Ranch Road needs upgrade first
There are many issues with the Stone Ridge project that have been expressed. However, one issue that I have not heard expressed is the condition of Old Ranch Road and its ability to handle additional traffic from the Stone Ridge project. Anyone who drives Old Ranch Road knows that it is in terrible condition. We also know that Summit County does not have the funds to repair the road to handle the existing traffic, let alone additional traffic. If you recall, the reconstruction of Old Ranch Road was started several years ago but was put on hold due to lack of funding.
I would hope that the expense of reconstructing Old Ranch Road to facilitate the Stone Ridge project would be considered by Summit County before any approval for this project is given. Old Ranch Road is not designed to handle the traffic that the Stone Ridge project would bring and I believe improvements to Old Ranch Road should precede any additional development in this area and that those improvements should be passed onto the Stone Ridge project developers, not the taxpayers of Summit County.