City Briefs for Nov. 19, 2005 |

City Briefs for Nov. 19, 2005

A speedy delivery to Salt Lake from Park City?

Park City Transit and the Utah Transit Authority are pursuing the idea of an "Express Transit" bus service between Park City and downtown Salt Lake City.

In order to assess the demand for transit between the two towns, Park City Public Works recently mailed a survey card to all postal patrons in the 84060, 84068 and 84098 ZIP codes.

The short survey card asks residents about their schedules, how they get to work and other activities, the average cost of parking and commuting. It also questions residents about whether they would be interested in an Express transit service to Salt Lake, and how often they might use it.

According to the survey, Express Transit service could be running as early as 2007 if there is sufficient demand. Commuters would ride in coaches provided by a joint agreement between Park City Transit and UTA. Passengers would pay a fare potentially in the form of a monthly unlimited-use pass.

For more information about the survey or the proposed Park City Transit/UTA venture, call (435) 615-5306. City certifies final election results

Park City Council approved the final election results certified by the Board of Canvassers for the Nov. 8, municipal election.

Dana Williams, who ran unopposed, received a total of 167 votes for Mayor.

Mark Blue received 131 votes for one of two council seats, losing to Roger Harlan’s 445 votes and Jim Hier’s 436 votes. There were two write-in council candidates: Kay Calvert and Neal Krasnick.

There were no absentee ballots received after Nov. 8, and 14 provisional ballots were verified as acceptable for counting by the Summit county Clerk’s Office.

Williams, Harlan and Hier will be sworn in for their four-year terms at noon on January 2, 2006. Old rules apply to new garage

Based on Park City Council’s meeting Nov. 10, city staff plans to continue the existing annual program of four-hour time limits in the new China Bridge garage, along with employee permits..

The employee permit program, which encourages utilization of lots accessed from Marsac Ave. (Zone 3 lots top-level Old China Bridge, Sandridge and North Marsac) will remain the same with the opening of the new Swede Alley parking structure.

The $75 annual employee permit has been an effective "customer first" parking incentive for employees to utilize Zone 3 lots, according to staff. Sundance parking guaranteed

In the latest Park City manager’s report, city staff reports they will carry on with their proposed amplified parking program for The Sundance Film Festival. The program will feature an increase in Main Street meter rates (except for in-car meter devices) and implement a "permit pre-sale program" for a guaranteed parking spot in the expanded China Bridge garage during the festival.

Meter fees during the 11-day event will be $1 for the first hour, $5 for the second hour and $10 for the third hour ($16 for three hours)/ In-car meter devices will not be reprogrammed to accommodate locals.

Staff will begin incremental sales for $300 event permits beginning with old China Bridge and continuing into the new structure, as needed. Staff remains uncertain about whether the entire garage will sell out. Unsold guaranteed parking will be available to anyone. Annual China Bridge permit holders would utilize the 167 spaces located in North Marsac and Sandridge lots an ample number of spots, city staff claims, given the employee permit peaks based upon past pass usage.

Staff will consider leaving the top floor of the old China Bridge structure available for employee permit holders, but the staff reports it is unsure about mixing employee permit holders with event permit holders using the same structure.

During the festival, remote free parking will be available in Deer Valley lots 5 and 6, which would help to provide parking to employees. Free city buses will be made available from the Transit Center. Those annual permit holders interested in upgrading for a guaranteed spot in China Bridge for that 10-day period, will only have to pay $225, according to the manager’s report. Parking fines during the festival will also be increased to $75 and towing will be utilized for the event for "egregious offenders" the city manager’s office warns. Staff will be monitoring the new program this year. City clarifies free holiday parking program

The free holiday parking on Main Street and at the Wasatch Brew Pub lot, as approved by City Council during its meeting Thursday, Nov. 10, will be available from Nov. 24 through Dec. 17, 2005. Three-hour time limits per vehicle will continue to apply to all parking spaces. Public meeting will address McPolin Farm

Park City will host a public meeting to present information on the history, purchase and financing and to discuss current and future uses of the McPolin Farm *on the 224 entry corridor).

The meeting will take place Wednesday, Dce. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the city Council Chambers at City Hall on Marsac Ave.

The farm, with its signature barn and open space, is a Park City icon, according to the city. Over the years, many uses have been proposed for the real estate. Questions about its preservation and protection have also been raised and will be discussed at the meeting. The public and all interested parties are invited to attend.

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