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Open-space committee

City Hall is seeking people to serve on the local government’s open-space committee, the panel that considers what land the city should purchase in conservation deals.

On Election Day, voters in Park City overwhelmingly passed a $20 million open-space bond, the largest of the three such ballot measures in the city’s history.

The panel, known as the Citizens Open Space Advisory Committee, typically debates whether potential land purchases are appropriate. The committee, sometimes called by its acronym, COSAC, then recommends to the Park City Council whether the land should be purchased or if City Hall should pass on a deal.

The committee’s recommendations are not binding and the elected officials make the decisions about a purchase.

City Hall expects that 12 people will be appointed to the committee. Myles Rademan, the city’s Public Affairs director, says government panels or community organizations like the Park City Chamber/Bureau will nominate seven of the 12 members. The City Council will choose people for the final five slots from the applications.

Rademan says he hopes the City Council picks the committee in January.

People must live in the Park City limits and terms are for four years. The positions are unpaid.

The committee generally meets the second Tuesday of each month, from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., when deals are being considered. If no deals are pending, the committee meets irregularly.

The committee generally conducts its business in closed-door meetings. State law allows government officials to convene in closed meetings to consider open-space deals and other types of property acquisition.

Parkites have seemed happy with the land purchases that resulted from the committee’s work as past members made recommendations after two previous bonds passed.

The three open-space bonds total $40 million.

City Hall sees its conservation program as one of its greatest accomplishments of the city’s modern era.

For more information, contact ReNae Rezac at City Hall, 615-5201 or renae@parkcity.org. The application deadline is Dec. 15 and applications are available on City Hall’s World Wide Web site, http://www.parkcity.org.

Winter driving

Drivers in the Park City area recently faced the first winter conditions of the season and experts suggest that the best way to avoid an accident when there is snow or ice on the roads is to slow down.

Rolayne Fairclough, who is with AAA, says that drivers should make sure that they are not following another car too closely.

"That’s the whole ticket, make sure you’re driving at a slow and responsible speed," she says. "Give yourself plenty of following distance."

Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds agrees, saying that the distance it takes a driver to stop in winter conditions is "dramatically increased."

"First and foremost is slow down," the sheriff says, adding, "If you hit something, it’s going to be far worse if you’re traveling at a higher rate of speed."

Fairclough and the sheriff agree that people should make sure that their cars are ready for winter.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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