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Voter registration

Monday marks the last day that people can register to vote on Election Day.

People who want to sign up may do so at three places on Monday, Oct. 23, when Summit County Clerk Sue Follett plans to set up registration tables at the Marsac Building, the Summit County services building in Kamas and at the County Courthouse in Coalville.

Registration is available from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at each site that day. People must do so in person. The deadline for mail-in registration for the 2006 election passed.

People must have lived in Summit County for at least 30 days to register to vote in the county. They must be 18 years old by Election Day. People must present photo identification and proof of Summit County residency, such as a utility bill.

Local voters on Nov. 7 will choose who will serve in a number of elected positions, including on the Summit County Commission, in the Statehouse and in Congress.

Voters will also decide several significant ballot measures, including whether to alter the form of Summit County’s government and whether to authorize $20 million in bonds for Park City’s conservation program.

For more information about registering to vote, contact Cindy LoPiccolo, who is City Hall’s elections officer, at 615-5026 or Follett’s office. From the West Side, her office’s number is 615-3203.

Open space bought

City Hall agreed to pay $120,000 for a one-acre parcel of open space off S.R. 248, continuing the local government’s efforts to preserve land along the city’s entryways.

The Park City Council recently voted 4-0, with Roger Harlan absent, to purchase the land from the Sanchez family.

The city plans to use money from a previous open-space bond to fund the purchase. Myles Rademan, who leads City Hall’s conservation efforts, says the land is off S.R. 248 between Park City High School and the city’s ice rink. It is on the north side of the highway and sits near other City Hall-owned open space, he says.

"It’s in the middle of an old subdivision we’ve been acquiring over the years," Rademan says.

In a report to the City Council, Rademan says that the government wants to acquire two other parcels in the subdivision.

After the purchase is completed, the city will have about $2.7 million in open-space funds left from the 2002 bond. However, Rademan says that the remaining money would be needed should other deals be finalized, including one for the prized Gambel Oak park.

The city is required to pay the $120,000 in two installments, with the final due by the end of January 2007.

City Hall on Election Day wants voters to authorize a $20 million open-space bond. It would be the third such bond. The other two were worth $10 million each.

Construction stays strong

Park City’s construction industry continues to far outpace its 2005 numbers, the Building Department reports.

According to the Building Department, through the end of September, about $142.8 million in construction had been permitted, up 75.6 percent from the numbers recorded in 2005 through September.

The construction industry, one of the most important segments of Park City’s economy, is booming as the city’s real-estate market remains hot.

According to the Building Department, in September, 109 building permits were issued, worth about $13.6 million combined. The numbers in September were down from August, however, when 134 permits worth almost $27 million were issued.

The September value was up from the previous year.

In September, the department issued 11 permits for single-family homes, worth a little more than $6.5 million combined. Three multi-family projects, valued at about $3.1 million, also received permits in September.

Another almost $3.8 million in alterations and additions received permits in September.

The number of electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits was down from the previous month and about the same as those in September 2005.

The department’s inspection load was about the same as the previous month but well up from September 2005. The department averaged 183.1 inspections each day in September.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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