Dan Portwood, Park City candidate, targets red tape at City Hall
June 12, 2015
Dan Portwood, a candidate for the Park City Council, sees there being "way too much red tape" at City Hall.
Portwood said he wants it to be easier to navigate the bureaucratic processes of the municipal government.
"The city fathers need to be business friendly and builder friendly," Portwood said.
He said he supports changing the processes at City Hall. Developers and builders should obtain permits on a shortened timetable, he said.
"We need to streamline the process at City Hall," Portwood said.
He said, as an example, it takes too long for municipal staffers to process applications for changes to windows on buildings in Old Town.
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Portwood is 59 years old and lives in Park Meadows. He has lived in Park City since 1995. He manages facilities and assets as Nutraceutical’s director of administrative services. He acknowledged that his public service record in Park City has been "pretty limited" as he raised a family of six kids and built a career.
He said Park City has lost business to Kimball Junction as he argued for changes at City Hall.
"I’ve watched the development of Kimball Junction really take a lot of the life out of this town," Portwood said.
Portwood said a solution involves transportation plans. He said the S.R. 248 entryway, signed Kearns Boulevard inside Park City, is problematic. The road serves as the primary route to Park City from parts of the East Side of Summit County and from Wasatch County.
"We have to make it easier for people to get in and out of town," he said.
Portwood suggests creating reversible lanes along the S.R. 248 entryway. During the morning rush hour, two lanes would be dedicated for inbound traffic and one lane for outbound vehicles, he said. In the afternoon, two lanes would be dedicated for outbound drivers and one lane for vehicles headed into Park City, Portwood said. He also envisions lane changes to address the afternoon rush hour on S.R. 224.
That would create "improved access in and out of town," he said.
Portwood said he wants City Hall and the Utah Department of Transportation to discuss better timing for stoplights along S.R. 248 and S.R. 224.
Portwood in 2009 campaigned for the Park City mayor’s office, garnering scattered voter support. He was one of two candidates that year with little name recognition to compete against the incumbent mayor, Dana Williams, and Brad Olch, who served three terms as mayor immediately before the Williams administration. Portwood was one of the candidates ousted in a primary election.
Portwood said he plans a more intense campaign this year compared to the mayoral bid in 2009.