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City Hall scores high

City Hall, as it typically does in surveys of Parkites, fared well in a recent survey, with people overwhelmingly saying they are happy with their dealings with the local government.

According to a summary of the survey provided to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council, 82 percent say they have been treated fairly and courteously by the city. Seventeen percent say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ and 1 percent say ‘No.’

Meanwhile, 61 percent of the Parkites say City Hall’s public-relations efforts are excellent or good while 32 percent say they are fair or poor. Eight percent of the people are unsure.

Just more than half of the people say they have visited City Hall’s World Wide Web site.

In a report to the elected officials, Myles Rademan, City Hall’s Public Affairs director, says 400 people were surveyed but only 37 percent of those people had dealt with City Hall in the past year. He also notes the 400-person survey "represents a small portion of the Park City community" and the results can be swayed by a few.

The survey found 74 percent see making Park City a sustainable community as either "vitally or very important" to City Hall and 68 percent want the local government further involved in "providing" affordable housing, according to Rademan’s report.

A sustainable community is one that tries not to stress the environment and City Hall’s efforts are wide ranging and include assigning a top-level staffer, Pat Putt, to the issue. The city also sees itself as among the chief supporters of affordable housing in the community, saying that having people of varying economic means living locally is good.

A nonscientific survey conducted by City Hall this year also found Parkites happy.

Bike park reviewed

Park City’s recreation services manager, Ken Fisher, reports the dirt-bike jump park on the edge of Park Meadows operated without major problems.

As required by its City Hall permit, Fisher’s department reported to the Park City Planning Commission recently that the "impact of the temporary dirt bike jump park on the neighborhood has been positive."

According to his department’s report, the Police Department received two complaints about what are described as "minor disturbances" at the site, one on Feb. 11 and another on July 5. In each case, the police did not find suspects.

"The dirt jump park’s been great. It’s been well used," Fisher says in an interview, adding that bicycle clinics at the park have been popular.

The park sits off Holiday Ranch Loop Road, where a sewer-treatment plant once was located. Fisher says he is impressed with the people who use the park. They treat it well, he says.

"It’s had very few issues. It seems like the users have taken great ownership of the facility," he says.

The park has four lines of jumps, with each featuring six or seven jumps. The city bars motorized bikes at the park.

The Planning Commission permit regulating the park expires on May 31, 2007 and the city must obtain an extension to keep it open past then.

Fisher says the city plans to seek a two-year extension from the Planning Commission. Those talks are expected in the spring, Fisher says.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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