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Sunday Market plugs in

The organizers of the popular Park Silly Sunday Market have started using a sound system for musicians and other performers, a result of a Park City Council decision supporting the louder festivities.

Kimberly Kuehn, the executive director of the Silly Market, says the sound system is needed because noise from the crowd overwhelmed the people playing music.

"Our musicians need to be heard . . . The music wasn’t loud enough," she says.

The sound system debuted on July 22.

The City Council decision allows amplified music from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., but a report submitted to the elected officials beforehand indicates the sound system will not be used before 10 a.m.

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Max Paap, who handles special events for City Hall, says sound systems are allowed on the Silly Market’s main stage and five raised platforms. He says the performances will not be "rock concerts," and they are limited to 90 decibels, measured 25 feet from the front of the stage.

The Silly Market has quickly become a popular stop for Parkites and visitors, drawing between 1,000 and 2,000 people to lower Main Street each Sunday. It is scheduled to run through October and features artists, craftsmen, restaurateurs and others.

The organizers did not expect so many people to attend in the first weeks of the Silly Market.

Planning rejects applications

Not wanting to spend time considering incomplete applications, the Park City Planning Department recently stopped accepting them.

The stoppage started July 1. A note at the department outlines the policy. It claims complete applications allow the department to process them more quickly. It also says the policy provides better customer service.

Brooks Robinson, who is the department’s principal planner and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, says, previously, developers frequently turned in applications missing important information.

"People would show up at the counter and say, ‘Here’s the stuff,’" Robinson says, noting City Hall planners would later realize the application was incomplete.

He adds the policy is a "way to streamline the process."

He says the developers often left out narratives describing a project, information about plats, title reports and envelopes used to notify neighbors of the application. He says about 10 percent of the applications were incomplete.

"It was enough of an occurrence we said we needed to make sure everybody wasn’t submitting piecemeal," Robinson says.

Since the policy took effect, the department rejected about three of eight applications, Robinson says. A planner checks whether an application is complete. If it is, they accept the filing. If it is not, they tell the person what else is required.

The Planning Department is busy in 2007, as Park City’s humming real estate market has influenced many property owners to develop their land or do ambitious renovations. The work spreads through Park City, with the department especially having approved or continuing to consider development in Old Town and Empire Pass.

For more information, call the Planning Department, 615-5060.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger