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Hospital deal redone

The Park City Council recently re-approved the annexation of Quinn’s Junction land into Park City where Intermountain Healthcare plans to build the city’s first modern-era hospital.

The City Council had previously approved the annexation, encompassing 157 acres at the northwest corner of the junction, located at the intersection of S.R. 248 and U.S. 40. The land is situated near the Park City recreation complex.

The annexation is a necessary step for IHC but additional government approvals are needed before the hospital is built.

The City Council had approved the annexation in June but IHC was unable to proceed as it tried to finish what City Hall describes as technical "development and infrastructure issues."

Meanwhile, the new agreement between the city and the developers includes additional statements regarding water and affordable housing, such how the city and IHC will decide where the housing is built.

The city’s Planning Commission will review the blueprints for the hospital.

The agreement allows IHC to build a 300,000-square-foot hospital and 150,000 square feet of medical offices. Also in the agreement are 85,000 square feet for offices and a training center for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which plans to move its headquarters to the location.

As City Hall considered the annexation earlier in 2006, lots of Parkites were happy that IHC planned to build a local hospital. There were some concerns, though, about the possibility of traffic increases and the design of the building.

The supporters say Summit County, with its increasing population, requires a local hospital. The closest hospital is located in Heber. There are a few clinics in the county but lots of people on the West Side visit Salt Lake for their health care.

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.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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