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Watering at Quinn’s fields

City Hall acknowledges it has received comments about daytime watering at the Quinn’s Junction recreation complex but says the practice is approved.

The local government’s sprinkling rules typically do not allow regular Parkites to water during the daytime. The rules try to limit water use by making people water lawns during the evening, when less will evaporate before seeping into the ground.

According to a report to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council, officials are allowed to water during the daytime at the complex with an approval from Public Works Director Jerry Gibbs, who has the authority to grant exceptions for new landscaping.

Matt Twombly, a City Hall staffer assigned to some landscaping projects, says in the report the contractor at the site wants to aggressively grow the grass so the city provides a "respectable field" to the organizers of the Triple Crown Sports softball tournament, scheduled in July.

The daytime watering is "essential," he says in the report.

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He outlines a schedule that calls for watering three times a day, in the morning, the early afternoon and the evening. He says watering is done at differing levels for between 20 and 25 minutes per sprinkler zone.

Twombly, though, notes the schedule could be cut to twice a day and he expects by about June 18 the watering will be switched to every other day.

He says the daytime watering is done only on newly seeded areas, more than half of the fields are watered at night and, once the seeds are safe, watering will be scheduled at night only.

Officials estimate watering accounts for between 60 and 65 percent of the water used in the summer.

Twombly’s report does not provide details about the comments the government received.

Building figures still soaring

Park City’s construction industry, almost halfway through the year, continues to thump its pace of 2006.

The Park City Building Department reports, through the end of May, the construction tally sat at a little less than $107.8 million, approaching double the amount recorded through the same time in 2006. The department says the bellwether sector had tallied about $57.6 million by the end of May 2006.

In May, the department issued 158 building permits, worth a little less than $26.3 million combined. The figures were well over those in April and slightly outpaced those of the previous May.

The permits included four for single-family homes, valued at about $2.6 million combined, two for duplexes and three for multi-family projects, totaling 10 units. Alterations and additions to dwellings accounted for 105 permits, valued at about $12.9 million, and 11 permits were issued to alter or add to commercial buildings. Those are figured at a little less than $3.1 million.

Meanwhile, there was little change to the number of electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits from the year before but the total dropped from April.

The department averaged about 169 inspections each day in May, down slightly from April and up about eight per day from the previous year.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger