November 18, 2006
Drunks leave cars
City Hall reports that parking officers as often as once a month write tickets to people who left their cars parked on Main Street because they were too drunk to drive.
In a memo to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council, Brian Anderson, who manages the government’s parking program, says that the person who handles parking tickets typically finds in favor of the driver in those cases.
The person, known as an adjudicator, usually treats the parking tickets as warnings the first time, according to the memo.
The city says that by doing so it is supporting a not-for-profit known as Taxis Against Drunk Driving, a coalition of drivers trying to stop people from drinking and driving. Under the arrangement, a person who is drunk pays for a cab ride home. The next day, the taxi provides a free ride to pick up the car where it was left.
City Hall "believes the community benefits from any prevention of (loss) of life, injury, or property damage due to motorists making a responsible choice," Anderson says in his memo.
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Parking on Main Street is forbidden between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to allow snowplows and street cleaners to operate.
The taxi group, which sometimes is known by its acronym, TADD, formed in 2004 and has given rides to more than 1,100 people, according to the group’s World Wide Web site.
It was put together in the aftermath of a tragic drunken-driving accident during the Sundance Film Festival in 2003 when a driver struck a Brazilian woman walking on the side of the road.
The group "provides an excellent service to the community," Anderson says.
Construction sector stays strong
The booming construction industry continues to add to its record-setting year, the Park City Building Department reports.
According to the department, a little less than $160.5 million in construction had been authorized through the end of October, well ahead of its pace through October 2005, when the industry had recorded about $102.3 million.
In October, the department issued 123 building permits valued at a little less than $17.7 million combined. The numbers were up from September but down from the previous October.
The number of electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits was up from the previous month and from the year before.
The single-family home sector was especially strong in October, when 19 permits were issued, valued at a little less than $8.6 million combined.
One multi-family permit was issued in October. It was valued at almost $4.8 million. The project entails 15 units, the Building Department says.
No commercial or industrial buildings received permits in October.
The department’s inspection load was at 118 per day in October, down from the approximately 183 each day in September and the approximately 173 daily in October 2005.
The department says that the construction industry passed its previous annual record, which was set in 1999, in August.
This year, the sector was strong throughout the industry’s segments and several big projects have sent the numbers upward. Park City has experienced a real-estate surge, fueling the numbers.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger