Candidate pledges to fight traffic |

Candidate pledges to fight traffic

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Kacy Quinley, acknowledging she must still craft a detailed platform, plans to challenge for a spot on the Park City Council this fall.

She says she likes Park City, wants to contribute and continues to decide what issues will be key to her campaign.

"I believe that a person has to give back to the community they love," Quinley says, adding that she is impressed with the work of the local government. "I think City Hall does a good job."

Quinley, though, says traffic is bad and she expects it will be the No. 1 issue during her campaign. Traffic angst is bad for Parkites and visitors, she says.

Quinley does not provide detailed plans for reducing traffic but says, perhaps, satellite parking lots along S.R. 224 and S.R. 248 would be helpful.

"We have to come up with some better solutions," she says.

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She does not offer precise locations for park-and-ride lots and says more research is needed. There have been ongoing talks at City Hall about the prospects of park-and-ride lots, with it seeming likely that one could be built along the S.R. 248 entryway.

If drivers are directed toward a park-and-ride lot and then bussed into Old Town, the supporters hope, there would be less traffic in the Main Street core and on the westernmost stretch of S.R. 248. A park-and-ride lot was a key point in the negotiations about a Montage hotel.

Quinley says there should be talks about building a commuter-only lane on S.R. 248 but she prefers to gather opinions from regular Parkites about the idea. Building a commuter lane, she says, requires removing the barrier separating inbound and outbound traffic on the state-controlled road.

She worries that traffic is hurting business in Old Town.

"Everybody that I talk to . . . that’s the No. 1 priority," Quinley says about traffic.

Meanwhile, Quinley wants to ensure Old Town is kept an attractive place for Parkites and visitors. She says people want to visit neighborhoods like Old Town.

"People are looking for authenticity in this world these days," she says, adding that the neighborhood is better kept than the downtowns in some other of Park City’s mountain-town competitors. "I think it is more authentic than many other resort communities."

Quinley says she wants different sorts of businesses on Main Street and she supports efforts to restrict ground-level space on the street to businesses like shops, galleries and restaurants. There are ongoing talks about making a rule that would keep real-estate outfits from renting space on the street level of Main Street buildings. Backers say doing so would make the street more attractive to everyday visitors.

Quinley says she wants growth controlled and City Hall must balance development. She does not provide details of her growth-control campaign plank.

She is a former executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity, a not-for-profit that builds homes for people in need. She is a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters in Utah.

Quinley lives in Park Meadows and has lived in Park City since 1999. She is a business and management coach-consultant. She was an executive with a financial company in San Francisco and an executive with Guide Dogs for the Blind, a not-for-profit.

"One can’t participate in complaining or having issues unless one is actively participating," she says, describing her interest in a City Council seat. "I want to be the candidate for the people. You talk to them and find out what the issues are."

The filing window runs July 2-16.