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The Park City Fire District recently won an approval to build a fire station at 1798 Deer Valley Drive, a facility that the district said is necessary because crews are busier now than before.

The district plans to build a 5,320-square-foot station, according to a report submitted to the Park City Planning Commission before its ‘Yea’ vote.

Tricia Hurd, a spokesperson for the fire district, said crews plan to break ground after the ski season and the fire district wants the facility finished by February 2007.

The fire station will house two bays for vehicles.

Hurd said the station is estimated to cost $1.2 million.

"We’re growing and becoming busier and busier," Hurd said, explaining why the new station is planned and adding that traffic is more of a concern for the fire district than before.

She said the number of calls the fire district responded to increased 22 percent from 2004 to 2005.

Hurd said the fire district is considering how to staff the station.

The fire district plans to build another station, possibly on a parcel of land off Holiday Ranch Loop Road, on the edge of Park Meadows. City Hall owns the land and negotiations between the two are ongoing.

Hurd said the fire district, if the two new stations are built, would shut down its Park Avenue station. Mayor Dana Williams has mentioned the site of the Park Avenue station as a potential spot for an affordable-housing development.

Leadership 101

The annual ‘Leadership 101’ seminar, when people learn about how local governments operate, is scheduled for Feb. 15.

Leadership Park City, City Hall and the Park City Chamber/Bureau are co-sponsoring the event.

Normally, people who attend the seminar hear from a diverse group of community leaders, including government officials and nonprofit leaders, like members of the Park City Council and the Summit County Commission. Usually, the program covers issues like development and the roles of boards and commissions.

A flier announcing the seminar describes it as an "intensive, one-day, mini-leadership program specifically designed for busy citizens wanting to know how things work, who does what, and how to get better informed and involved in their community."

The seminar runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at The Yarrow Hotel. The organizers charge a $25 registration fee that covers the cost of lunch and refreshments.

"With Park City and Summit County experiencing unprecedented growth and dynamic change you and your organization will benefit from this informative program," the flier said.

Leadership Park City is a one-year program that draws people who want to be more involved in the community.

For more information or to register for the seminar, contact Lisa Tadje at City Hall by Feb. 10. Her number is 615-5201 and her e-mail address is ltadje.

Olympic fireworks

Park City will mark the start of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, with a fireworks display reminiscent of the ones that lit up Old Town during the Games four years ago.

The Park City Council on Thursday approved a license for Winterfest, which will include the fireworks.

The fireworks are scheduled for Feb. 10, the date of the opening ceremonies in Italy.

According to a report submitted to the City Council beforehand, the fireworks will be launched from a site on the Mine Road, where they were launched each night during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

In 2002, the nightly fireworks were popular and they could be seen from Main Street, which was a pedestrian-only celebration zone, and numerous other spots in Old Town.

Meanwhile, the Winterfest will also showcase a dogsled race on Feb. 4. The teams will compete from noon until 3 p.m. on parts of the cross-country skiing trails at the McPolin Farm, according to the report.

Twenty-five teams of one musher and between 12 and 16 dogs are expected.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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