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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 12-15, 2017

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Williams supporter is still firmly in his camp

Editor:

I served as Dana Williams campaign manager in 2001. We had been coming to Park City since 1992 and got to know him through his efforts to limit growth, support open space and support an economically diverse community. When he decided to run for Mayor the first time, I was more than willing to help him. We have watched his efforts to develop a sustainability program, preserve thousands of acres, develop affordable housing and help direct the city as an inclusive, vibrant and diverse community. We applaud his past efforts and fully support his desire to return to office.

Diane and Neil Mellen
Park City

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School districts bond decision is not a setback

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Editor:

I was very disappointed at the headline and tone of last Wednesdays article on the Park City School Districts decision to hold off on putting a significant bond proposal on this falls ballot. The article suggested that the district was set back considerably in their planning process.

I was deeply involved in the re-design planning of the high school over the past year, and I can assure you that such is not the case. The high school remodel plan is well on its way and could go to final design and construction. The issues remaining for the district involve location, design and planning for a new upper elementary school (presumably a grade 5 & 6 school) and an assessment of future land needs for an expanding school district. And the district is currently diligently working on these.

Our school board and administration apparently feel that the community would be much better served if they can package these three major items into a strategic plan to address the growing districts needs into the foreseeable future. They want to be able to present the full package to the electorate, rather than push it through piecemeal, and if that slows things down for another year, so be it. That sounds like good government and a commendable process to me.

So the district is going to take a hard look at where it currently stands and where it wants to be in the future. This should provide a great opportunity for community input on the district as a whole, and I can only enthusiastically encourage folks to get involved.
As a parent of two kids who went entirely through the Park City school system and recently graduated from PCHS, I know that we have great schools here in Park City. But I can also see that our school system is about to burst at the seams. Lets get behind this effort by the school district and maintain the great quality education we offer our children.

Dave Hedderly-Smith
Pinebrook

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Longtime resident fully endorses Williams for mayor

Editor:

I have known Dana Williams and his family for over fifty years. His parents involvement in Park City helped create Dollys Bookstore, the Kimball Art Center and KPCW. When I got to know Dana, he was a farmer in North Summit County and had started working on land preservation. During the 1990s I watched as he became an activist in Park City, helping with Utah Open Lands and co-creating the Citizens Allied for Responsible Growth and the Summit Land Conservancy.

When Dana became Mayor in 2002, we began discussions on the protection of parts of our farm. He worked for 10 years on helping us create an easement that will forever protect the area now know as the Armstrong Trail. I can personally attest to his diligence on efforts to keep Park City a place we are all proud of. My family and I fully support his becoming the next Mayor of Park City.

Herb Armstrong and family
Park City

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Think twice before supporting a cabriolet in your neighborhood

Editor:

Before a new cabriolet is allowed at the Town Lift Plaza, people in that area should become familiar with the accompanying human noise (loud drunks and shrieking children) by visiting the cabriolet at the Vail Canyons Park City Mountain site. Come any time on a weekend or during other special events to experience the full volume Marco Polo experience, the whole catastrophe.

Nick Wright
Park City

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Vote for Dana to preserves Park Citys values

Editor:

We are writing to endorse Dana Williams to be elected as mayor Of Park City.
Dana gave Park City a conscience — he encouraged a small mountain town to take off their rose-colored glasses and look around them at the arriving diversity and the necessity to include all who moved to Park City into a welcoming community.

Dana is a true ambassador for Park City. Unlike other candidates he has lived in Park City since the 1980s and, most importantly, he and his wife Lisa raised their two children in Park City, working and volunteering in the public school district fro the start of kindergarten to the end of 12th grade.

As a private citizen, Dana led the public outcry and resistance to Vail Corp.s attempt to copyright Park Citys name. Danas vision of an all-inclusive community is the right direction for Park City.

Bob and Jeri Briggs
Park City

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Walkable – NOT

Editor:

Wanting to attend the Locals night at the Kimball Arts Festival on Main St, I decided to take the new Electric Bus from the new Transit Center at Kimball Junction. I walked into the tunnel under 224 from Whole Foods/U of U Medical Center onto the paved pathway that extends to the paved road up to Olympic Park. Making an immediate right I had to walk in the street with the cars because the paved pedestrian/bicycle path ended and did not continue up to the rotary. The rotary pedestrian crossing is well marked and the speeding cars did stop on both sides of that median to let me cross. I continued up the concrete sidewalk bordering the parking lot for the building that contains our Visitors Center. At the end of this parking lot the sidewalk disappeared. There was so much concrete poured in the construction of this Transit Center why was this important sidewalk on the same east side of the street as the Transit Center not continued. I had to walk in the street with the speeding cars at my back to get to the center to take the Electric Bus.

The bus was fantastic. That evening it was probably the most crowded it has been to date. It stopped to pick up lots of people at the Canyons stop and it stopped again across from Fresh Market. That part of the trip took only about 10 mins. Everyone knows on Locals night you encounter everyone you know so viewing the works takes a long time. There is the added bonus of discovering new artists plus reconnecting with artists whose work you own and love is such a pleasure. It is one of my favorite events in Park City.

I left the event again taking the Electric Bus back to the Transit Center at Kimball Junction. Arriving at the center it was dark. I fortunately was wearing light colored clothing. I had to dangerously walk down the hill in the street with the cars coming at me. It was then I noticed on the opposite west side of the street there was a concrete sidewalk. It must have been put in for the Skull Candy building. It was obscured by the tall grasses so I had not seen it earlier though I had seen you could cross the street at the Visitor Center parking area. Im not sure which is more dangerous, crossing that street midway on a hill in the dark or walking in the street with the lights of the traffic coming at me. Im writing this, so you know that I did survive walking in the street in those 2 places.

Park City and Summit County you really need to fix this issue. It could and should be walkable. Please get out of your trucks and actually walk what you consider walkable. It is neither safe nor convenient at present.

Sarah Lemire
Park City

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If your dog poops, pick it up

Editor:

Today my family and I went for a hike from Guardsman’s Pass parking to Bloods Lake. It’s a shame how many dog poo bags we found along the way. I think that if you have a dog you have the obligation to carry out the bags and get rid of them in a proper way.

Trails are not Dumpsters. I counted my hike more than 20 bags, plus other not-bagged dog waste. I pick up some of them but please be more responsible

Mario Fernandez
Park City

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