June 23, 2007
The Park City Council, as part of City Hall’s budget talks, recently endorsed compensation packages for themselves and Mayor Dana Williams.
Williams earns about $22,556 each year. The five members of the City Council earn about $11,405 annually. They did not receive raises.
The six elected officials also are eligible for health and dental insurance through City Hall. It is valued at $11,320.80 per year. If an official opts not to take the coverage, they receive the amount in cash.
Williams also receives a $250 monthly car allowance. The mayor or the mayor pro tem receives $100 for each wedding performed.
There was little interest from regular Parkites as the salaries were OK’d. The salaries are typically not controversial but they are sometimes mentioned as a peripheral campaign issue.
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In those instances, there is usually concern that the compensation packages are not attractive enough for people to run for office.
City Hall compares the salaries and benefits of the elected officials to other communities as the figures are set, as is the case with staffers as well.
Meanwhile, the elected officials at the same time agreed to salary ranges for five City Hall staffers whose salaries must be endorsed by the City Council.
They range from up to $39,062 for City Recorder Jan Scott to up to $130,700 for City Manager Tom Bakaly.
Officials recently selected two artists to make two sculptures that will join the other muses at the Old Town transit center.
Sharon Bauman, a City Hall staffer who assisted, says Rachel Slick, who is from Indiana, will make the Euterpe sculpture for $6,650 and Alexi Alexiev, from Maryland, will make the Melpomene sculpture, which is priced at $7,315.
Each is priced at less than the $7,500 maximum anticipated for the muses.
Bauman says the city received three submittals for the Euterpe piece and four for the other.
"I think they’ll look great. I’m excited there are two attractive designs," Bauman says.
Members of a City Hall art board selected the two based on criteria like design, durability and how they fit with the muse sculptures already on display.
Both of are made of metal and are similar in size to the others, Bauman says.
Seven muse sculptures are on display. They are figures in Greek mythology and the others were installed in 2001, when the transit center debuted.
Bauman says City Hall hopes the new ones are installed at about the same time as the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, in early August.
City Hall has long tried to beautify public-sector projects with artworks, including sculptures and paintings like a large mural inside the transit center. The art, the supporters say, makes the projects more pleasant.
The transit center anchors the local bus system and huge crowds pass through each year, especially during the busy ski season.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger