Letters to the Editor
May 23, 2009
Thank you, Park City and Salt Lake, for your welcome support and smiling attendance at Monday’s 2nd annual Golf 4 Hope, benefiting The Hope Alliance. Beautiful blue skies fittingly framed the breathtaking surroundings of the Park City Golf Club, and made our ongoing community fund-raising and education efforts all the more enjoyable. While many people lament our uncertain economic times, we had greater attendance and sponsor support than ever before and truly pegged the fun meter!
See you next year! We ask that you continue to be mindful of the mission of The Hope Alliance, http://www.thehopealliance.org , transforming critical need into sustainable change around the world, with your help.
on behalf of The Hope Alliance
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Guest editorial was self-serving
(This is a response to Paul Zane Pilzer’s May 20 guest editorial on group health care.)
$5,000 towards your HIP health-insurance premium does not help so much when it is more than twice that amount. I believe most of us would struggle to come up with the additional $5,656 on a government salary. That money is for one. What about the spouse and kids?
I believe Mr. Pilzer is trying to drum up business for himself.
Day at the Races was a smash hit
Last Saturday, the Men of McPolin (MOM) in conjunction with the Park City Education Foundation hosted the second annual Day at the Races on Main Street. This soapbox-style derby saw over 300 children race down the street in homespun plywood cars as area merchants and local bands entertained participants and their families.
Each year we are striving to build on the previous year’s success and make this a flagship community event. Our event would not have been a success without the sponsorship of the Montage Deer Valley whose general manager, Marcus Jackson, generously endorsed this nascent event.
The Home Depot supplied us with enough plywood and paint to construct 25 new derby cars. Local management enthusiastically supported our efforts and the desire to raise money for the Park City public schools.
We would also like to thank Adam Campbell for his illustration services and to all the businesses that sponsored a car: The Colony, 7-Eleven, Butcher’s Chop House & Bar, Sea to Ski, Hideout Canyon, Frontier Bank and Bob Thompson Painter.
A special thanks to Vern Greco for helping us in our time of need and to Mike Sweeney for his hospitality on lower Main Street. We would also like to commend Max Paap at the city for his patience and guidance with our completely volunteer committee in helping us follow the guidelines to host an event on Main Street.
We look forward to working with parents and our business community in the future to build on the success of this year’s event. With severe school budget cuts looming, it will be more important than ever for our community to work together to ensure quality programming at our schools.
Tracy Harden, Moe Hickey, Scott Buchanan, Nick Seifert, Eric Oberg, Kraig Moyes, Shannon O’Neal, John Halsey, Chris Haerter and Josh Robertson
Men of McPolin
Huge condo project set for approval
North Silver Lake Lodge is a HUGE development proposed for the hillside directly above the top of Main Street and could be approved at the Wednesday, May 27th, Planning Commission meeting. This is not Treasure Hill. The North Silver Lake Lodge site is where the Deer Valley Ritz Carlton timeshare project was proposed a couple of years back and not approved. The new proposed project is approximately 260,000 square feet. If you add Walmart (72,000 square feet) and the Canyons Grand Summit Lodge (216,000 square feet) together you are pretty close to the size of the proposed project on six acres above Main Street. At first glance the elevations are so close together they appear to be one contiguous building. A planning commissioner previously remarked the project appeared to be a "dome" because the buildings are so close. There are four 50-foot-high large box-like multi-condo buildings containing 40 large condos, surrounded closely by 14 large individual condos. Fifty-four condos, most in a high-rise-like structures, are proposed for the wooded hillside at the top of Main Street. Tall old-growth trees in the middle of the six acres development parcel will be destroyed while some tall trees around the edge of the six acres will be saved.
It is alarming that such a huge project that can be seen from much of Park City is requesting a conditional use permit on May 27th and the community is unaware. Final plans, elevations and total square footage were not available on the City website as of May 20th. All homes immediately adjacent to this project have not been notified by mail of the upcoming planning commission meeting and the request for a conditional use permit. This parcel is in the middle of primarily single-family second homes. Deer Valley is virtually a ghost town this time of year. Deer Valley restaurants and shops are closed and Deer Valley homeowners are gone. There has not been an opportunity to e-mail comments to the planning commission or make arrangements for second homeowners to return to Park City for the planning meeting.
Prior to issuing a permit, I sincerely hope the Planning Commission will provide ample opportunity for public review.
Meadows course bristles with thistles
I am looking for a member of the Park Meadows Golf Club to help the residents of Park Meadows. The golf course is covered with thousands of thistles. These grow in the water runways and non-mowed slopes of the ponds and edges of the course. They are often among high grass and other vegetation and are not highly visible. They are the source of a major thistle problem for us Park Meadows residents.
I have spoken with the golf course maintenance person, but I believe the situation would be appreciated much more if the members of the golf club would ask for the thistles to be eliminated. It is not a small job!
You are welcome to call me, and I can show you two major sources of the thistles right beside the clubhouse.
Come back soon, Zions Bank
Thank you, Zions Bank, for coming to visit Mrs. Carson and Mrs. Dugins’ third-grad classrooms at McPolin Elementary. We loved learning about Junior Achievement. You had really good activities and they were fun. We liked learning about our communities. We think you were smart and your jobs at the bank are hard. We hope you will come back soon or maybe next year to teach us more!
and the other McPolin third-graders