July 7, 2007
Comstock Avenue traffic
City Hall plans to hold a meeting on Tuesday, July 10 to talk about traffic on Comstock Drive and nearby streets, an effort by the local government to start to figure out ways to reduce the number of cars on the street and how to slow them down.
The meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in the Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave. Members of the Park City Council may attend but they are not slated to make decisions.
Brian Anderson, a Public Works Department official assigned to the issue, says neighbors worried about traffic and speeding submitted a petition to the government. The meeting will assist as City Hall crafts goals for the street, Anderson says.
"We’re there mainly to understand the concerns," he says.
Comstock Drive connects Kearns Boulevard with Sidewinder Drive, in Prospector, and neighbors complain drivers are using the street as a shortcut into the Prospector business district.
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The drivers — workers, customers and delivery people — pick Comstock Drive, the neighbors say, as an alternative to Kearns Boulevard, which frequently suffers from backups.
Anderson expects a few dozen people to attend.
He describes City Hall’s efforts so far, such as making speed-limit signs more visible and placing electronic speed signs along Comstock Drive.
The petition suggests installing ‘Children at Play’ signs, signs designating the area as a neighborhood, four-way stop signs and speed bumps, Anderson says. It asks City Hall to lower speed limits, he says.
"It’s a little bit of a challenging subject," Anderson says.
Traffic, especially on the S.R. 248 entryway, continues to perplex City Hall and neighbors there have long been unhappy with the situation.
Park City leaders are seeking someone to fill a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Board, a panel that has some influence on decisions about development in Old Town.
Candidates are not required to live in the Park City limits and members serve four-year terms. Meetings are scheduled for 5 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month, with the panel typically convening between eight and 12 times annually, according to material supplied by the government.
The City Council will choose the person from the people who apply. The application deadline is July 31. Applications are available at the Human Resources Department, the Executive offices and the Planning Department. They are online at http://www.parkcity.org.
For more information, call 615-5060.
The panel has seven members and its key duties are hearing appeals regarding building designs in Old Town and determining if a building is historically significant. Both are sometimes controversial.
City Hall staffers make decisions about the designs but if someone is unhappy they can appeal to the panel. The duties regarding historical significance are pivotal. City Hall requires the determinations before old buildings are razed.
Design disputes in Old Town typically pit architects against City Hall’s tight restrictions, meant to ensure the neighborhood keeps its historic charm. Park City’s influential preservation community usually monitors the work of the panel.
The city also needs someone to fill a spot on the Board of Adjustment, which handles a few development-related issues, like variances. Terms are for four years and the deadline for applications is July 31. The applications are available at the same locations as those for the Historic Preservation Board.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger