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Officials declare conflicts

Park City Councilwoman Liza Simpson, sworn into office for her first term in January, lists nothing beyond her address and her employer in a required disclosure statement identifying potential conflicts filed with City Hall.

She says in the statement she lives on the 500 block of Main Street and she works for a firm known as New Cow USA. She is the general manager of Cows, Java Cow and New Dough Rising.

She indicates she does not have investments and personal interests that could be considered a conflict of interest with her work on the City Council.

Meanwhile, the rest of the elected officials submitted statements that resemble their previous declarations.

( Mayor Dana Williams lives in and owns a house on the 2300 block of Doc Holliday Drive, and he is a managing broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Realty.

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( City Councilwoman Candy Erickson lives on the 2600 block of Little Kate Road, and she works for Park City Mountain Resort and Cole Sport. Her husband, former Planning Commissioner Bruce Erickson, works for Stantec, Inc., an engineering firm.

( City Councilman Roger Harlan lives in and owns a home on the 2500 block of Geronimo Court.

( City Councilman Jim Hier lives in and owns a home on the 2500 block of Morning Sky Court.

( City Councilman Joe Kernan lives in and owns property on the 1900 block of Stryker Avenue. He says he owns property in the Carriage House on the 1900 block of Prospector Avenue. Meanwhile, Kernan owns half of County Curbisde, Inc., which holds a contract with Summit County for recycling services, including in some Park City neighborhoods. He has a minority interest in 2,500 shares of American Skiing Company, the owner of The Canyons.

Snowstorm comments received

City Hall received at least three email messages about the recent snowstorms, with one person praising the public buses, another saying he appreciates the snowplows and the third thanking the crews but worrying about getting to upper Norfolk Avenue.

Officials provided copies of the messages to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council this week.

In one, Jack Baumann says the city’s buses provided "excellence service especially during the heavy snow days." On one day, he says, the snow stopped buses from traveling on a section of the normal route. The bus driver, though, stopped to pick up passengers who would have otherwise been left without a bus ride.

"Park City has the best organized bus system I have ever encountered. Thanks for the friendly efficient service," he says in the email.

Meanwhile, Charles Klusman, who says he lives on Monarch Drive, tells City Hall the crews "have done such a extraordinary job with snow removal this year." He says the performance is better compared to last winter.

In the third letter, a short message from Jay Cromwell, who lives in Sugarland, Texas, Cromwell thanks the city for the work but says there were problems on upper Norfolk Avenue.

In an interview, Cromwell says guests who had rented his vacation home on the 200 block of Norfolk Avenue had trouble getting to the place because too much snow was there.

A caretaker helped the guests — at least 10 people — find hotel rooms Sunday night, Cromwell says.

"They just couldn’t get up to the house," he says.

The recent snows were some of the worst in years, and the city’s snowplows were called out repeatedly.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger