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Sept. 11 memorial

Park City plans to mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a commemoration at the Jack Green Memorial Bandstand, in City Park.

The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and last two hours. It will be similar to commemorations in Park City on previous Sept. 11 anniversaries and the organizers plan to "call attention to the many responding agencies and others affected in the Park City/Summit County area," according to a report about the event published by City Hall this week.

The Park City Council on Thursday approved a license for the event.

The report, written by Max Paap, who oversees special events for City Hall, says the memorial will feature speeches from lawmen and Mayor Dana Williams. A color guard is scheduled.

Also scheduled during the event are a flag raising, a moment of silence and a helicopter flyover by the Utah Air National Guard. The helicopters plan to fly in a missing-man formation.

Emergency and military vehicles are scheduled to be on display, with people having the chance to talk to emergency workers and members of the military.

Events have been organized locally to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary in past years. They have normally honored those who perished in the attacks and paid tribute to police officers, firefighters and other emergency workers.

City vehicles won’t idle

City Hall recently outlined its policies against municipal vehicles idling, saying that, by reducing the number of idling vehicles, the government will save money and help the environment.

According to the policy, vehicles in the city’s fleet are prohibited from idling except in instances such as if the temperature is below freezing outside, when idling will be allowed for up to five minutes, and if the Police Department needs to use equipment powered by a vehicle’s electrical system.

City Hall staffers distributed the policy to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council in the middle of July.

"With the increasing energy prices we must find ways to reduce our fuel consumption. One way to reduce fuel consumption is to limit vehicle and equipment idling," Eric Nesset, who manages City Hall’s fleet, says in a report to the elected officials given out at the same time as the policy.

Meanwhile, the policy outlines how vehicles in City Hall’s fleet should be driven, including that staffers should not drive at high speeds, should not rev the engine and should keep tires inflated. The policy suggests that staffers consolidate trips and it encourages carpools, riding buses, walking or biking.

City Hall pushes to make Park City a community that is friendly to the environment and parts of the policy, such as the suggestions regarding walking and biking, are reminiscent of the government’s wishes for regular Parkites.

The city plans a 30-day period for staffers to learn the rules and, afterward, they will face "progressive discipline" if they violate the policy.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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