The Park City Council has seated new members to City Hall’s open-space committee, including former Mayor Brad Olch, an early supporter of the city’s conservation purchases.
The City Council named 17 people to the committee and three alternates, including those from community organizations and government panels that were asked to nominate someone and at-large selections like Olch.
Those from the organizations are:
( Jim Barth from the Park City Planning Commission, with Julia Pettit as an alternate.
( Carol Potter from the Recreation Advisory Board, with Jen Franklin as an alternate.
( Cheryl Fox from the Summit Land Conservancy, with Tina Quayle as an alternate.
( Jan Wilking from the Basin Open Space Advisory Committee, a conservation panel that works in the Snyderville Basin.
( Shirin Spangenberg from the Park City Chamber/Bureau.
( Karri Hays from the Park City Board of Realtors.
( Greg Balch from Mountain Trails Foundation.
Regular Parkites selected with Olch include Jolie McTavish, Tod Frohnen, John Huebner, Suzanne Sheridan, Brooke Hontz, John Ziegler, Hans Fuegi, Gabrielle Caruso and Kyle Witt. The City Council chose the at-large group from 14 applicants.
The City Council made the appointments two months after Park City voters on Election Day overwhelmingly supported a $20 million open-space bond, the largest of three such ballot measures in Park City’s history.
The open-space committee considers potential land purchases with the money and makes recommendations to the City Council. The elected officials are not bound by the recommendations.
Olch’s appointment returns him to City Hall five years after he left office after serving 12 years as the mayor and on the City Council before winning the mayor’s office. He did not seek re-election in 2001.
During his administration, he was seen as a key supporter of the city’s open-space program and he is regarded as an architect of Park City’s conservation strategy.
City Hall’s vision
Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council next week plan to meet with City Hall staffers in what is being billed as a ‘visioning’ session, an annual exercise when the elected officials usually set an agenda for the year.
They plan to hold meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Utah Olympic Park. Most of the sessions are open to the public but a four-hour closed-door meeting is slated to discuss personnel issues. The private meeting is scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon on Tuesday.
That afternoon, the talks are scheduled to target how to make Park City less stressful on the environment and long-range planning issues. From 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the officials plan to talk about the North of Main district and Old Town.
Later that evening, a reception is planned with City Hall’s management team, Planning Commissioners and members of the Historic Preservation Board.
On Wednesday morning, talks about the budget are scheduled. That afternoon, the officials expect to discuss issues like affordable housing, accommodations for seasonal workers, pedestrian safety and the upcoming renovation of the Marsac Building.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger
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