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Leadership Park City applications

Applications for next year’s class of Leadership Park City, a yearlong training session, are due Aug. 20.

The applications are available on City Hall’s Web site, http://www.parkcity.org. The front page of the Web site contains a ‘Leadership Park City’ link.

The program is seeking people for its fifteenth class, and it has been a popular offering for people interested in the inner workings of local government, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

The program includes monthly daylong sessions in which the Leadership class learns about issues such as diversity, the state government and the economy. The class spends a day at the Statehouse and it takes a five-day trip to other communities in the West, usually a resort town with similar issues as Park City.

According to Leadership organizers, more than 375 people have participated since the program started. Leadership counts high-ranking Parkites like Mayor Dana Williams as graduates.

A selection committee picks people for the program, and the committee considers leadership aspirations, the likelihood of someone remaining in the area for at least three years and work history, among other criteria, when picking people for Leadership.

Each Leadership class completes a project, with past ones including promoting wind-generated power, making Park City easier to navigate for pedestrians, bicyclists and others not driving cars and boosting the number of people riding buses, according to the organizers.

Organizers have long been proud of the program and say Leadership has boosted numerous public-service and volunteer careers.

For more information, call ReNae Rezac at 615-5201, e-mail her at renae@parkcity.org or visit the Web site.

Old Town panel opening

City Hall is seeking a person to serve on the Historic Preservation Board, the panel that holds some say in designs in Old Town and other issues in the neighborhood.

Board member David White’s term is expiring, and under the current rules he cannot apply for another term on the seven-person board. The Park City Council appoints people to the Historic Preservation Board.

City Hall’s development rules, which outline the makeup and role of the panel, state the City Council should consider a candidate who is a licensed architect or has experience in renovating historic houses or buildings in Old Town, according to the Planning Department.

The board, which officials sometimes call the HPB, holds several key responsibilities, including approving Old Town grants under a popular City Hall program, hearing appeals of City Hall staffer decisions regarding building designs in the neighborhood and hearing cases involving whether old buildings can be torn down. It also has been highly involved in City Hall’s efforts to redo the guidelines that govern designs in Old Town.

The ongoing discussions about the guidelines have been controversial, with some property owners, architects and house designers especially critical of the efforts, saying City Hall might diminish property values and force bland building designs.

Board members earn $60 per meeting.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 29. Applications are available at the Planning Department, 1255 Iron Horse Drive and City Hall’s executive offices at Miners Hospital.

People do not need to live within the Park City limits to serve on the board. Terms are for four years. The panel meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, with the Planning Department saying meetings usually are held between eight and 12 times each year.

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

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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