City Hall, in time for the recent snows, has implemented what it calls a ‘three tier snow alert system,’ a way to inform Parkites what measures they should take in case of snowstorms. three alerts are especially meant to ensure that snowplow crews can operate unhindered.
The "While the ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’ is wonderful to ski on, clearing snow from Park City streets can be another matter," a statement from the government says.
The alerts are ‘snow warnings,’ snow emergencies’ and the ‘all-clear’ notice.
Under a snow warning, the city broadcasts on KPCW when four or more inches of snow are predicted. The broadcast would instruct Parkites to consider moving their vehicles from roadways so they would not hinder snowplows, the statement said.
In a snow emergency, when four or more inches have accumulated, the city will require that all vehicles parked on city streets be removed immediately. The statement said that vehicles hindering snowplows could be towed.
An ‘all clear’ message would be broadcast on the radio station once main roads and public parking lots are cleared, the statement said.
For more information, call the Public Works Department at 615-5301 or visit City Hall’s Web site, http://www.parkcity.org .
Park City officials say that, recently, there has been an escalation of theft and criminal-mischief cases at construction sites.
The city recently published a flier urging people working at construction sites to either secure or remove valuables at the end of each workday.
Also, the city wants people to call the Park City Police Department if they see someone trespassing on a construction site or to report if something is stolen or vandalized at a construction site.
If someone is worried that vandalism made a construction site unsafe, the city urges people not to enter and to immediately call the Police Department.
The police can be reached at 615-5500. In an emergency, call 911. The Building Department’s number is 615-5103 or 615-5104.
Traffic signal warranted
The Utah Department of Transportation has determined that a traffic light is warranted at the intersection of S.R. 224 and Meadows Drive, on the northern edge of Park Meadows, according to a report from Park City Engineer Eric DeHaan.
But DeHaan also indicated that that UDOT will not pay for the installation and wants City Hall to help with road widening, relocating gutters and adjusting utilities. That work, according to DeHaan, will cost the city about $100,000. He said in the report that the figure is less than what the city expected but "still a substantial capital cost."
If major improvements are made for pedestrians, DeHaan predicted, the cost could rise.
DeHaan wrote that City Hall staffers plan to approach the City Council with the project during the annual budget talks, which are normally scheduled in the spring.
He said that pedestrians can now cross S.R. 224 at an underpass at the McPolin Farm, north of the highway’s intersection with Meadows Drive, and drivers can travel to intersections with traffic lights on other streets.
In a December letter to DeHaan, a UDOT engineer described some of the roadwork needed, including that the west leg of the intersection would need to be widened and that it would need to align with the east leg, according to the letter.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger
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