City Briefs for Dec. 3, 2005
Water manager: ‘Park City complies’
According to Park City Water Manager Kathy Dunks, the city recently received notification from the State of Utah Division of Drinking Water on Nov. 4 that the town’s water supply is now in compliance with all drinking water standards.
Over the past four years, the Park City Water Department has improved water quality:
-Through water quality sampling, Park City has been able to demonstrate compliance with the antimony drinking water standard, complying ahead of the scheduled Antimony Exemption expiration date (January 2007); upgrading the Spiro Water Treatment Plant and additional pipelines constructed on Boothill for dependable operational compliance; and creating a water compliance validation requirement through quarterly sampling.
-Arsenic compliance was achieved two years in advance of the required EPA-mandated date.
-Park City Water completed a water quality analysis project on Judge Tunnel, the results of which have enabled the Division of Drinking water to classify the Judge Tunnel as a groundwater source. Judge Tunnel water still experiences high turbidity during high flows, however, so a water treatment plant will be constructed to treat the water.
In the future, Dunks reports Park City Water Department will continue to aggressively pursue water quality as its primary objective, and will continue to review its water rate structure and impact fees annually to ensure a sound financial future for the water fund. Dunks says water rates will increase 4 percent each year for the next four years.
Additionally, the water department will be working on its many upcoming projects, featuring:
-Construction of a Park Meadows Well treatment facility (due to be operational and back online by June 2006)
-Construction of the Judge Tunnel Water Treatment Plant (scheduled to be operational in 2007)
-Construction of an additional water storage reservoir on Boothill (for 2006).
-Construction of a pump station and transmission line (planned construction in 2006-2008). Park City Transit favors ‘Dial-a-ride’ service for Quinn’s Junction Sports Complex
Park City Fleet and Transit Manager Eric Nesset approached Park City Council with several options for how to get skaters to the remote Quinn’s Junction Sports Complex on State Road 248, which will open its Ice Arena this winter. The most affordable choice, Nesset told council, would be to hire a driver and equip him with a cell phone. In lieu of a fixed bus route, which could cost the city up to $296,000 annually, Park City Transit estimates the Dial-a-Ride would cost the city $35,000. "The price [for Dial-a-Ride] is based on the assumption that the driver would spend half his time doing other jobs," Nesset said. Nesset added that the program would give Public Works the time necessary to evaluate the demand for transportation to the junction. A Dial-a-Ride program would mean passengers would need to give notice two hours in advance, or book specific times for hockey and skating clubs and teams. "The advantage of a Dial-a-Ride option would be that it would allow us to schedule trips for after-school programs," he explained. "We could have standing orders." Regular trips to specific stops for visitors could also be arranged, Nesset said. City survey assesses feasibility of Park City-Salt Lake transit
Park City Transit continues to collect surveys on the feasibility of a possible bus between Park City and Salt Lake City. The transportation would be provided through a partnership between Park City Transit and UTA Express Transit service to connect Park City with downtown Salt Lake and the University of Utah areas. Riders would board and exit the Express Transit at one of a few selected stops. Express Buses would be "over-the-road" coaches with conveniences designed to ensure commuters’ comfort. The service would not be free, and Park City Transit anticipates a "reasonable fare" will be charged to cover the costs of the long distance service. If surveys indicate sufficient demand to support the service, transportation to and from Salt Lake City and Park City could be in place as early as 2007, the city says. Surveys have already been sent to Park City residents, and a printable survey is also available at http://www.parkcity.org. The pre-paid postage on the survey ensures that completed surveys can be sent to the city by dropping them in a mailbox. Town Lift opens
Park City Mountain Resort will open the Town Lift on Main Street for uploading and downloading only on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Park City officials are expected to present information about upcoming work on the Treasure acreage designed to guard against a wildfire, as well as a series of other City Hall projects and programs, at an open house that is scheduled next week.