Park City allows people to appeal parking tickets, requiring people to fill out a form explaining why the ticket should be forgiven.
The city does not widely publicize the program but lots of tickets were written during the recent Sundance Film Festival. Tickets were frequently seen on windshields on cars parked on residential streets surrounding Main Street, for instance.
The appeals form, which is available at City Hall and the Public Works Building, asks for information like the date a ticket was written and the person’s reason the city should reconsider the ticket.
The city requires appeals be made in writing and they must be submitted within 10 days of the ticket ‘s date. An adjudicator considers the appeal and that person’s decision is final.
On the form, the city lists several common arguments people with tickets use when challenging them. They do not work, the city says, and include people were late, they were dropping a person off, they were parked for a few minutes and they were getting change to use in a parking meter.
The form also suggests "the adjudicator is not impressed by rudeness, vulgarity, and cynicism."
"Officers do not write tickets for the purpose of making people’s life difficult," the form says.
Parking officers seemed to be especially aggressive patrolling streets near Main Street during Sundance, trying to stop drivers from parking in the neighborhood. Street parking there is restricted to people with permits or their guests.
Officials report usually receiving between six and 10 parking-ticket appeals per day for about two weeks after Sundance.
For more information, call 615-7275, City Hall’s parking hotline.
City Hall has outlined a timeline to build a town plaza linking Swede Alley and Main Street, starting with discussions later in 2007 and ending with the project’s completion in fall 2008.
According to the timeline, which was recently submitted to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council, the city wants to discuss the proposal with United States Postal Service officials and determine where the plaza will be situated by June.
Public talks would follow in September, the design would be completed by December and the plaza would be finished in October 2008.
Separate space being considered with the plaza, potentially to house a liquor store to replace the one now on Main Street, would be done by this September, according to the timeline.
The city has set aside about $2.5 million for the plaza and the separate space but a precise price tag has not been determined. The cost would not be determined until design details are decided.
The idea to build a town plaza has been considered for several years and it is seen as a sister project to the expansion of the China Bridge garage, which was completed in 2006. The garage was a larger priority and the extra parking spaces, the city says, will also offset those lost once the town plaza is built.
A town plaza, the supporters say, will provide a well-designed and central gathering spot for concerts and other special events. It is expected that the plaza will be designed to accommodate several thousand people and be used for bigger events like during the Sundance Film Festival and smaller gatherings that normally draw local crowds.
Public concerts in Old Town now are sometimes held on lower Main Street, requiring crews to close part of the road to traffic.
Before starting, City Hall will likely need to negotiate a deal with postal officials because the Main Street post office sits in a prime location between Main Street and where the plaza would be built on Swede Alley.
Those talks could end with an agreement between City Hall and the Postal Service to reduce the size of the post office. The sides have appeared determined to ensure that the Postal Service remains in a high-profile downtown location, though.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger
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