Walking, biking choices
Park City staffers and City Hall’s consultants next week plan to unveil a much-anticipated list of potential improvements meant to make the city safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and others who are not driving cars.
An open house is scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. In a release, the government says more than 100 places that Parkites say are problematic are identified.
The consultants then put them into one of five tiers, according to the city. They want to improve safety, cut the number of people driving and improve local and regional connections.
At the open house, the consultants also plan to make public cost estimates for the improvements in the top two tiers.
"In order to begin developing solutions, we prioritized the projects using our original goals of safety, efficiency and connections," Jon Weidenhamer, the City Hall planner leading the efforts, says in a prepared statement from the local government.
City Hall started the wide-ranging study of walking and bicycling habits after pressure from Parkites in 2006. They were worried about their safety and lobbied for the study.
At previous open houses, Parkites were worried about crossings along Kearns Boulevard, among a variety of other concerns.
Improvements, though, would need to be funded during City Hall’s annual budget season, which stretches from the spring to the early summer. It is expected that the Park City Council will consider the improvements during this year’s budget talks.
More information is available on City Hall’s World Wide Web site, http://www.parkcity.org, where people can choose the "Walkable/Bikeable Neighborhood Study" link.
Information about illegals
The Park City Area Home Builders Association plans to put on a seminar on Feb. 21 addressing how employers should protect themselves from hiring people who are not allowed to work in the U.S.
The seminar is scheduled 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave.
Building inspectors from Park City and Summit County and Mark Hunter, from a firm called Summit Risk Management, are scheduled to present during the seminar. A flier indicates that the speakers will discuss "why an employer should be concerned about hiring illegal workers" and provide instructions about filling out forms for workers not from the U.S.
Other topics may include what fines and other liabilities employers may face if they hire illegals and what to do if a worker does not provide the proper papers or the correct form of identification.
The seminar also is scheduled to provide an overview of changes to building codes. People who complete the seminar receive core and professional credits.
It is believed that lots of laborers in Park City’s booming construction industry are in the U.S. from Mexico without the proper papers.
The charge for members of the association is $20. Non-member price is $35. Registration the day of the seminar costs $45.
For more information or to reserve a spot, contact the association at 645-9363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger
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