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Wind Power Week

Starting Monday, the Park City area will mark what has been dubbed ‘Wind Power Week,’ celebrating one of City Hall’s favorite causes.

On Monday, the organizers plan to register people to the wind-power program. The event, being called ‘Embrace the Wind,’ will offer people gift bags in exchange for them signing up for a minimum of three blocks of power for homes or businesses. A kite-making area will also be offered.

The event runs from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at City Park, which is expected to be busy with Miners Day revelers.

On Thursday, Mayor Dana Williams plans to read "fun, windy & earthy picture books," during a stop at the Park City Library and Education Center. He is scheduled to be at the library at 11 a.m. Later on Thursday, at 7 p.m., a free screening of "Kilowatt Ours," a film about the country’s energy situation, is scheduled.

From Sept. 29 until Oct. 1, the Park City Film Series plans to show "An Inconvenient Truth," which is about global warming.

The film series Oct. 27-29 is scheduled to show "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

People can sign up for the wind-power program at any of the events.

For more information about the events, contact Recycle Utah, 649-9698.

Budget for citizens

City Hall has published its annual ‘Citizen’s Budget,’ a guide that outlines how the local government brings in and spends taxpayer money.

The 19-page guide is loaded with financial information and includes a spreadsheet that shows how much money is brought in through various means, such as sales taxes, property taxes and fees, and how much money is then spent by City Hall departments.

"The intent of this document is to provide residents and other interested parties with a simple, concise, and understandable overview of Park City’s budget," the guide says.

It also claims that City Hall is "financially healthy" and notes that its bond rating was recently upgraded.

In the city’s fiscal year 2007, which runs from mid-2006 until mid-2007, the government plans to spend almost $47.7 million. The budget is balanced.

According to the guide, personnel costs, at 35 percent, account for the biggest chunk of the expenses. Capital projects, meanwhile, cost 26 percent of the expenditures.

More than one-fourth of the city’s revenues, 26 percent, come from property taxes, it says. Sales taxes, at 22 percent, are the No. 2. contributor to the budget, the guide says.

The guide provides overviews of property taxes, describes the function of City Hall departments and lists what are described as highlights in the 2007 budget, including hikes in business-license fees, which were approved during budget talks early in the summer.

Gary Hill, who manages City Hall’s budget, says about 200 copies of the guide were printed. They are available at public buildings like City Hall, the Public Works Building, the Park City Library and Education Center and the Racquet Club.

The government has published the guide annually since 2002, Hill says.

"Residents deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent," he says.

Sergeant sworn in

The Park City Police Department recently made Bob Lucking a sergeant, a promotion that was recognized by Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council during an August meeting.

According to the Police Department, Lucking has been a lawman since 1989, when he started his career with the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office. The Police Department hired him in September 2002, according to the department.

The police say that Lucking has won awards for his performance, including being named the Police Department’s ‘Officer of the Year’ in 2005.

"After completing an intensive internal promotional process, Detective Lucking was selected to fill this position," the Police Department says in a release announcing the promotion.

Lucking is one of six sergeants in the Police Department. Under the department’s organization, sergeants rank third, below Police Chief Lloyd Evans and the department’s two lieutenants, Rick Ryan and Phil Kirk.

Lucking was a detective assigned to narcotics investigations. The Police Department has been more aggressive recently in its War on Drugs and has teamed with other law-enforcement agencies in the area in its investigations.

Lucking lives in the Heber Valley with his wife and four children, the police say.

In 2004, Lucking was the president of the Park City lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.

At that time, the lodge found widespread discontent when it surveyed some of the officers in the department.

When talking about the survey, Lucking told The Park Record in 2004 that, "it makes it tough to come to work every day with a smile on your face."

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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