Letters to the editor July 30-August 2
July 30, 2008
Blair Feulner has altered his relationship with KPCW. As with all relationships, when they change there are going to be bumps in the road and some venting will perhaps occur while the details are worked out and until everyone gets comfortable with the new arrangement.
We are confident that at the end of the day all of the difficulties will be resolved. This process cannot be played out in the public eye as it would be counterproductive and we have committed to the Community Wireless Board that we will govern ourselves by that principal.
We request that the Park City community be patient and allow the process to run its course. In the end we all share the same objective of continuing to operate the most successful public radio station in the nation, bar none, for the continued benefit of the community at large.
Attorney for Blair Feulner
Slurry seal is the enemy
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I’ve seen a large increase in the number of bicycles on the road this year. I’ve got to warn them of a very dangerous situation. They must be aware of roundabouts, bulb-outs, traffic islands and speed bumps, plus the deadly combination of SUVs and cell phones. But the worst thing is slurry seal. It must be treated like ice. The only safe place to ride on slurry seal is in the center of the lane. Corners and intersections are treacherous. Because slurry seal is pure crap and is just sort of smeared on the road, all the aggregate added ["for traction?"] is vibrated out in a few weeks and ends up in intersections and sides of the street. The city and county have paid the slurry seal boys millions of dollars, but the slurry seal crooks have never cleaned up the mess they make. What is left after this erosion is a slippery, bumpy mess that usually has a negative effect on the existing road surface.
Rain makes all road surfaces sort of slippery but because slurry seal holds water longer, its slippery for a longer period of time. Scratched floors and ruined vacuum cleaners are a price paid for living on a street that’s been slurry sealed.
Before slurry seal the residential areas in Summit County were fabulous places to ride bicycles and roller blade (almost no traffic or bad air). Then about ten years ago, Derek and Erick decided to destroy these roads with slurry seal. Why? My guess is the budgets were getting so big, they had to find a fast way to spend them, and also appear that they were doing "something" to these roads. I’m surprised that this sort of absolutely irresponsible spending has lasted so long. It’s also sort of illegal. I’m going to try to get some petitions out to try to get this issue on a ballot. It would be nice to get rid of the slurry seal contracts and the city and county employees who are responsible for them.
A couple of months ago a lady was complaining about bicycles and roller skis on her "private road." I suggest she have her home owners association call the slurry seal boys. They can get rid of those pesky trespassers, but she will also have a harder time keeping her Escalade on the road while she’s talking on her cell phone.
I’ve also seen a lot more people talking on their phones while riding their bikes. How stupid can you get.
A Wal-Mart by any other name
After the Talisker Canyon sale finally closed, I found myself getting through The Park Record in one cup of coffee in the morning. It seemed there were no decisive current issues that kept me wanting for more information from the next issue of The Record. That is until the Wal-Mart expansion issue was front page news.
The Park Record is now back to a 2-cup, paper again. I read the lead story then quickly turned to the back page and read the letters to the Editor or, in this past Saturday paper, the Guest Editorial. I then handed the front page section over to my wife to read. After that a lively conversation followed with a second cup of coffee enjoyed.
The name Wal-Mart is very polarizing as we read in the Saturday Record. There were the "For" and "Against" the expansion quotes and comments and the Guest Editorial on the next to the last page that was definitely against the expansion. I believe everyone should have the right to express their opinion on this issue or any issue as long as one is civilized and respective of others same right to express their opinion whether you agree or not.
In reading the Wal-Mart articles the one question all of us need to define is do we want "large building" development here in Park City and or the Snyderville Basin? I say "large building" development for the reason that you just need to look east of Redstone to see the multistory buildings being built there. I believe I counted 7 stories this past week on one as I was dodging the dump truck and paving machines in the area. It even looks like digging has started on the new hotel there. All this means more cars and lots of traffic for the Redstone area. Was there public outcry from this? If it had been called the Wal-Mart Center I’m sure there would have been.
The east Redstone multistory development I’m sure conformed to written guidelines for developments and was approved. The planning commission unanimously approved the Wal-Mart expansion as I’m sure Wal-Mart also met all of the regulation defined by current ordinance. To me, regardless if you like Wal-Mart or not, if they met all of the guidelines, including traffic studies, etc., for development, they need to be approved. If one meets all of the regulations on the books you can’t arbitrarily deny anyone approval. We live by rules that guide our society. If we don’t like them, then we need to change them.
To that point, hopefully, we as citizens get involved in this issue of "large building" development whether you call it a big box store, like a Wal-Mart, or a multistory building, large condo developments, whatever. We need to have the Summit County Commissioners take the lead, have public hearings so all citizens can be heard on formulating new guidelines for development, and then have the Planning Department formulate these guidelines in to a new set of ordinances for future growth that would then be approved by the Commissioners
As Sally Elliott was so outspoken at the hearing on the Wal-Mart issue we should challenge her to lead the Commissioners in opening up new public hearings on future planned growth regulations and ordinances. Hopefully by doing this we all will have an equal opportunity for input to determine what we would like future growth in an around Park City and the Snyderville Basin to be like.