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Dick Peek, touting a City Hall resume, campaigns for City Council

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Dick Peek, appointed to the Park City Council in the spring to succeed the late Candy Erickson, will campaign this year for a full term, saying his background is suited for service on the City Council.

Peek had previously said he was strongly considering a campaign, and it was not a surprise when he formally submitted the paperwork to be a candidate. Peek is 54 years old and has lived in Park City most of the last 30 years. He is a contractor who lives in Park Meadows.

Peek ascended to the City Council from a position on the Park City Planning Commission, the City Hall panel seen as ranking No. 2 in importance to the City Council. Peek had served on the Park City Historic District Commission, City Hall’s now-defunct Old Town panel, prior to his service on the Planning Commission.

There has been a series of City Councilors over the last 20 years who served on the Planning Commission immediately before winning elected office.

"I’m just getting more interested and engaged as a new menu of issues come before us," Peek said.

Peek will mount a campaign stressing issues like historic preservation. He said City Hall’s current Old Town regulations and policies are encouraging. City Hall in the coming months will consider further restrictions on the sizes of houses in Old Town, a process that will likely eventually pit interest groups like homeowners and architects against the preservation community.

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Peek said more research is needed before further restrictions could be put in place. He anticipates a compromise being reached that would limit the size of some houses and allowing others to be larger.

"In some cases, yes. In other cases, no," Peek said.

Meanwhile, Peek said other planks in his platform will include handling the environmental legacy of Park City’s mining heritage, such as reaching a resolution on contaminated soils. He said he also wants to address the quality of Park City’s drinking-water system.