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Candidate filing approaches

People considering campaigning for the Park City Council in 2007 must make their decision earlier than before, a result of new state law.

The filing window for the City Council election runs from July 2 until July 16. The two-week period is shorter than the traditional monthlong filing window. The former filing window ran from mid-July until mid-August.

There has not been lots of scuttlebutt about the 2007 campaign, when the City Council seats held by Candy Erickson, Joe Kernan and Marianne Cone are on the ballot. Erickson and Kernan have said they will seek re-election, Erickson to a third term and Kernan to a second. Cone has not declared whether she will seek a second term. Liza Simpson is a candidate.

Someone who wants to run for the City Council must be a registered voter in Park City and must have lived in the city for 12 consecutive months immediately before Election Day.

If more than six people file papers to run, the city will hold a primary to cut the field to six. A primary would be held earlier than usual, also a result of changes in the state’s election laws. City Hall would hold a primary on Sept. 11, a Tuesday, if more than six people seek a spot on the City Council. Primaries had been held on the first Tuesday of October.

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Election Day is Nov. 6.

City Council elections have been mild affairs in post-Winter Olympic Park City, a change from the period before the Games, when campaigns were often boisterous and costly endeavors.

This year, the candidates, as they have for years, will likely address growth, traffic, the environment and City Hall’s role in boosting the tourism industry.

For more information about the filing dates and candidate qualifications, call Cindy Lopiccolo, City Hall’s elections officer, at 615-5026.

Dog-park locales

Park City officials are researching four spots where a dog park could be built, all at Quinn’s Junction.

Matt Twombly, who plans parks for City Hall, says the work is ongoing and the government plans to hire a landscape architect to consider the sites. The person, who the city plans to pay up to $1,500, worked on the recreation complex at Quinn’s Junction.

Twombly says two of the spots are west of the lower fields, one is east of them and the other is north of the Park City Ice Arena. He says all the sites City Hall is considering are located at Quinn’s Junction, the largely undeveloped area east of Park City.

He says City Hall staffers hope to draft details and recommend which site is best by the end of June. In a report to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council, Twombly and Ken Fisher, who manages recreation programs for the city, say the timeline is shorter than expected and they had previously planned to craft a recommendation by Aug. 15.

The city’s Recreation Advisory Board, which is influential but generally does not make decisions for City Hall, may talk about dog-park options at a meeting on Tuesday.

The city, reacting to dismayed neighbors, recently scrapped efforts to build a dog park on the eastern edge of Park Meadows. Since then, the talks have turned to alternative sites.

The supporters of a dog park say, with Park City’s dog-friendly culture, a park would be popular. The opponents of the rejected site generally said building a dog park is smart but the proposed location was inappropriate.

Watering rules

City Hall’s summer-watering rules are in effect, requiring people to water lawns on certain days and at certain times.

Under the rules, which last until Sept. 30, outside watering is barred from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. People must water according to their addresses — even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days and odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days.

The government allows an exemption to the days if someone signs up to water every three days. In that case, they must register with the Water Department and they are given a small sign to post.

"It does help. Everybody would probably be watering all the time," says Paul Jerominski, who works in the Water Department.

He says his department noticed the water numbers ticking upward as nice weather settled over Park City. Jerominski says the Water Department wants Parkites to use a maximum of 7.5 million gallons each day. Early in the week, 7.4 million gallons were recorded in a day, he reports.

Jerominski estimates watering accounts for between 60 and 65 percent of the water used in the summer.

If someone breaks the watering rules, they could be ticketed. Jerominski says people are warned once and then ticketed. A first ticket is $50, a second is $100 and a third is $200.

He reports, through midweek, the department had written nine warnings since May 1.

To sign up to water every three days or for more information, call the department at 615-5301.

Park City has long pressed homeowners to conserve water and the numbers typically are more worrisome to water officials later in the summer.

Officials have been working for years to increase the local water supply through various means, including efforts to tap reservoirs through a pipeline.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger