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Traffic concerns

City Hall is considering traffic-related concerns in two neighborhoods after receiving formal complaints in May.

People on Meadows Drive are concerned about speeding and people on Aspen Springs Drive are unhappy with speeding and have concerns with trail crosswalks, according to a summary of the complaints City Hall distributed to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council.

The summary indicates that there is a request for permanent electronic signs showing how fast a driver is traveling on Meadows Drive and that speed enforcement is ongoing in the neighborhood. The city is anticipating gathering more data regarding speeding, according to the summary.

Meanwhile, along Aspen Springs Drive, there is talk about speed-limit signs, teaching people how to use radar guns that the Police Department checks out to regular Parkites and working the neighborhood into an overall trails plan that City Hall oversees.

Earlier in the year, in February, people who live on Comstock Drive told City Hall they were concerned with speeders, traffic increases and a safer path to schools.

The summary says that the city received two petitions from the neighborhood but that the government’s ability to collect data was delayed because of malfunctions of traffic trailers.

Parkites for years have been unhappy with the amount of traffic in the city and the complaints have seemed more frequent recently.

During City Hall’s annual budget talks in the spring and early summer, a coalition of Parkites pressed the Park City Council to allocate money for a study to research options to make the city easier for walkers and bicyclists to navigate.

Building figures stay strong

Park City’s construction industry remains strong, almost doubling the activity recorded through the same period in 2005, the Building Department reports.

According to the Building Department, through the end of July, almost $102.2 million in construction had been recorded. Through the end of July 2005, the sum sat at about $55.6 million, the department says.

In July, the department authorized 13 single-family homes, worth a little more than $5.9 million combined, the strongest segment of the industry last month.

The department authorized two duplexes worth about $1.5 million combined. The department permitted 62 alterations or additions to dwellings or commercial buildings, accounting for almost $4.5 million in value.

The number and value of building permits, 127 worth about $13 million, were down significantly from a particularly strong June but up from the numbers recorded in July 2005.

The number of electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits was down slightly from the previous month.

The Building Department’s inspection load was 170.16 each day in July, down slightly from the previous month but more than double the 72.32 daily inspections in July 2005.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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