Limited housing info
City Hall, joining the efforts of others to house the winter workforce, has posted limited information on its World Wide Web site about resources people can tap as they search for living quarters.
The information, though, is basic and the details are easily found elsewhere. The city created a link on the front page of its Web site named ‘Seasonal Housing Information.’ The link provides brief comments about Mountainlands Community Housing Trust, a not-for-profit that assists people priced out of Park City’s resort-driven housing market, and the Christian Center, which also assists with housing issues.
The city’s Web site, http://www.parkcity.org, describes that Mountainlands keeps its housing-resource center, which lists available rentals, and provides a weekly meeting, known as the Roommate Roundup, at Bad Ass Coffee Co., in Old Town.
The Mountainlands phone number is 647-9719 and its Web site is http://www.housinghelp.org. Its address is 1960 Sidewinder Drive, suite 107.
The Christian Center is described as providing complimentary food and housing leads, including a Web site about seasonal rents. The Christian Center is located at 1100 Iron Horse Drive and its phone number is 649-2260. The center keeps a Web site at http://www.parkplaces.org.
Workers at the start of the ski season are reporting that Park City’s rental-housing market is tight this year compared to the past. People who arrive in Park City in the fall and early winter to work at resorts, restaurants and other tourism-heavy industries have long said that finding affordable housing is difficult.
Electronic books stocked
The Park City Library and Education Center now stocks electronic books, available to read on a computer screen or listen to as an audiobook, the library reports.
Lind Tillson, the library’s director, says patrons want the electronic books. People do not lose them, cannot damage them like regular books and are not charged late fees.
"It’s to serve our remote users, for one, and there are some advantages to offering materials for checkout this way," Tillson says.
She says the books are part of a statewide program in public libraries. Tillson says there has not been lots of publicity since the library started offering them in August but they are being checked out anyway.
The books are available for 21-day checkouts, the same as a regular book. After 21 days, people will be unable to access the book unless they are renewed.
The books are available in two forms, ones that can be read on a computer screen and others that are electronic audiobooks, which can be listened to on a computer or downloaded to a MP3 player, but not an iPod.
Tillson says the library stocks 3,400 electronic titles.
"Currently the number of titles available electronically does not equal the number available in physical formats but for future generations the opposite may be true," Tillson says in a report to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council.
She says in the report that there are unlimited electronic copies of each title available, meaning that someone will not be made to wait if someone else checked out the book.
People interested in using the electronic books should call the library to learn how to start or visit the library to sign up.
The service is free.
For more information, call the library at 615-5600.
Builders keep going
Park City’s construction sector continues to add to its record year, tallying more than $168.4 million in building through the end of November, the Park City Building Department reports.
According to the Building Department, the sector added more than $7.9 million worth of construction in November, trailing the previous November and the number recorded in October.
In November, the single-family home segment was especially strong, with 14 permits issued. They are valued at about $6.3 million combined, the department says.
Other segments, including duplexes, multi-family buildings and commercial buildings, did not receive permits in November.
The department issued 78 permits in November, fewer than in October and the previous November.
Electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits were mixed compared to the previous month and the previous November.
The department’s inspection load, at almost 210 each day, was up from October and from the previous November.
The construction industry set its annual record in August. The previous record was set in 1999, when a little less than $118.9 million was recorded as builders enjoyed a pre-Winter Olympic construction run.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger
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Park City officials are anticipating heavy traffic over a five-week stretch that started on Friday, a sign that City Hall expects solid business over an important period in the ski season.