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Commissioners appointed

The Park City Council recently named an attorney and a person with a background in brewing beer and marketing to the Planning Commission.

Evan Russack, who lives in Park Meadows, and Julia Pettit, the attorney, who lives in Old Town, will serve four-year terms on the seven-person panel. Their first meeting was Wednesday.

They replace Diane Zimney and Andrew Volkman. Neither sought to retain their seats on the Planning Commission.

Russack has lived in Park City for 13 years and says in his application for the panel that he is active in a group known as the Coalition for Safe Streets, a neighborhood organization that wants better trails, among other wishes.

His application notes that important issues for the Planning Commission include the development of Quinn’s Junction and the area along Bonanza Drive corridor, sometimes known as the North of Main district, or NoMa.

In her application, Pettit says she has lived in the city for 13 years and says that, "I believe that the next four years are critical in terms of controlling growth and development in Park City" in a manner desired by City Hall.

The Planning Commission is currently considering notable projects like the Sweeney family’s Treasure Hill proposal on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort.

Meanwhile, the City Council reappointed three people to the Historic Preservation Board, which makes some decisions regarding Old Town. Mark Huber, Puggy Holmgren and Gary Kimball were returned to the panel.

The City Council also reappointed Liza Simpson to the Recreation Advisory Board and placed on the board Jen Franklin and Maurice Hickey. The board has some input as City Hall plans recreational facilities and related policies.

Contractor education

The Park City Area Home Builders Association and other sponsors plan to hold a seminar on Aug. 2 to teach contractors and others interested about income-tax policies and mechanics’ liens, among other topics.

The seminar is scheduled from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave.

Scheduled to speak are: Jay Niederhauser, a certified public accountant, attorney Shawn Potter and Margarita Guerra, who is with Utah Interactive, the firm that partners with the state government to provide Utah’s World Wide Web site.

Contractors who attend the seminar receive two hours of credit toward renewing their licenses.

Attendance costs $20 for members of the association and $30 for people who are not members. Registration the day of the seminar costs $40.

For more information or to sign up, call 645-9363 or e-mail

The construction sector is an important part of Park City’s economy. Through the end of June, the Park City Building Department authorized more than $89.1 million in construction, up about 85 percent from the same period in 2005.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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