Letters to the Editor
We own a home on Bear Hollow Drive in Sun Peak. We purchased it in March 2004. At that time the homeowners association documents stated that the land directly across the street from us (Lot 16W) could possibly become a Junior Olympic training site. The complex could include a small 140-room hotel with lodge and ski-in/ski-out amenities. We understood the development was questionable, but was a distinct possibility. We perceived this type of development to be low-impact and potentially benefiting the neighborhood because of the training facility.
Sun Peak is a quiet, peaceful, family-oriented neighborhood with beautiful mountain views. Our plan was to enjoy the home when possible and eventually move there permanently. We will be leaving Ocean City, N.J., which was a sleepy beach community has now become an overcrowded, thoughtlessly developed resort. We felt confident that Park City’s elected officials would never let this kind of uncontrolled development occur in this pristine setting. We chose to purchase our home because of Park City’s thoughtful zoning and care for open space.
We now have become aware that what was potentially an Olympic ski facility has turned into a 340 unit hotel/condominium complex with three buildings, at least one of which is six stories high. This obviously doesn’t fit in the Sun Peak family neighborhood. The traffic alone will be disastrous.
There are currently no commercial or multi-unit rental properties in Sun Peak. The area where this is proposed is large, single-family lots. This development is completely contradictory to what currently exists and contrary to the original vision for this community. Bear Hollow Drive is a dead-end street used by hikers, bicyclists, athletes training from the Olympic facility and frequent visits from deer, elk and moose. We have a light ordinance that all outside lights should be shut off at 11 p.m. so neighbors can enjoy the beautiful night sky. Will the residents of this complex abide by these laws?
We hope our elected officials do not act like the elected officials in our oceanside resort, once again letting development interests destroy the landscape of our community.
Chris and Melissa Terrels Ocean City, N.J.
Thankful Sun Peak citizen
I feel so honored to consider myself one of the fortunate ones! Soon I will be able to bask in the benevolence of the Terrace Development Group and their Sun Canyon Lodge — a project potentially giving the Grand America a run for its money. We are so lucky that these kind developers from Chicago have blessed our neighborhood and county with the possibility of $30 million-plus in revenues over the next 20 years, what a deal! I crunched some numbers of my own and have come up with some ways that you could increase that figure even more. Instead of stopping the magic beanstalk that grew from the original plan footprint at five stories, what if you went 10 or 20 stories? Think about it, $30-$90 million in additional revenue and a penthouse suite with views of The Canyons. Maybe you can even build a restaurant on top and call it the Signature Room as a tribute to the Windy City.
Why not use the magic 350,000-square-foot beanstalk for a more ambitious project. The average size of a Costco warehouse store is 136,000 square feet, and the average Home Depot is 104,000 square feet. This leaves you 110,000 square feet for the hotel, only 30,000 square feet short of the initial approved size! Perfect for the middle of a residential neighborhood; a win-win for all!
Mother Moose, her twin calves, and the other wildlife that used to call Sun Peak home would win. The 100-plus neighborhood children who can now work on their coordination by dodging taxis, shuttles, and rental cars while walking to and from school would win. The contractor who wins your $34,000 sidewalk contract for one mile of sidewalk up Bear Hollow Drive would win. (P.S. I’ve got $50 and a patio that needs pouring; do you think he can sneak it in on the way up the hill?) The water and sewer system that will magically be able to handle an additional 700 people showering and flushing toilets would win.
So I thank you in advance for improving our neighborhood.
Michael A. Ruzek
Need for a hospital
We have lived in the Park City area for 15 years. During that time, as physical therapists, we have seen many changes, not only in the community, but also in the orthopedic environment in the city. We are highly involved in sports through coaching various baseball and football teams.
There is not an evening that goes by that we don’t send someone to medical care at some level in this city due to injury. These injuries include sprains, strains and sometimes ligament damage and other serious types of injuries. We have seen young people transported by ambulance and helicopter and many of them have ended up in Salt Lake Hospitals. Over the years, we have accumulated some of the better orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians from all over the country here in Park City. The new proposed hospital is a great opportunity to focus those services and expand on those programs and develop new ones that will enhance this area as the sports medicine Mecca that it truly is. The opportunities are limitless with a hospital to collaborate services and programs that will protect our youth and us as well as enhance prevention and proper training to decrease the need to use a hospital.
Craig and Laurie Wing Park City:
Erroneous parking ticket
On Nov. 23, I was visiting Park City. I first visited the Wal-Mart store then drove to Park City, parked in the parking structure behind Main Street, visited two stores and had lunch. Upon arriving back at my car, I found a parking ticket indicating that I had stayed past the four free hours. The ticket indicated that my car tire had been chalked at 11:30 a.m. and the ticket was issued shortly after 3:30 p.m. I calculated that it I had not been parked for more than four hours and checked my receipt from Wal-Mart. I discovered that I had checked out at 12:38 p.m.
I went to the police station on Friday and discovered the parking services department was closed for the holiday. Upon returning to my office on Monday morning in Orange County, I called the police station. I was informed that I could either adjudicate the matter or simply send in $3 and the matter "would go away." I did send in the ticket and a copy of my Wal-Mart receipt but refused to send in any money. I explained that since it was impossible to have been in the parking structure at 11:30, therefore I was not sending in any money.
My reason for sending this e-mail to you is simply to inform your warm, engaging city of what happened to me. I think that it was intentional and I would not want anyone else to have this experience. I realize that any city needs money to operate, but the police are supposed to enforce the law, not violate it to secure additional funding. I am sure most people would have just paid the ticket and ignored the principle involved, but I am not one of those people. If I had been parked past the four free hours, I would have willingly paid my ticket. I hope that this e-mail reaches the wonderful people of Park City and something like this does not happen again.
Bob Waferling Orange County, Calif. :
Prisoners of War Act
I ask for your support of the Honor our Fallen Prisoners of War Act, HR 2369.
I, like the majority of veterans and the public, wrongly believe that those unfortunate members of our Armed Forces who are captured and WHO DIE while a Prisoner of War are awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Not so. These brave souls who suffered long and died a horrible death were not awarded the Purple Heart. Remember that those in their late teens and early 20s, who are otherwise healthy, normally do not die of natural causes. Their deaths were premeditated if by nothing other than intentional neglect. There were many causes but the main causes of death were prolonged exposure, beriberi, freezing, diarrhea, pneumonia and starvation. .
Since Dec. 7, 1941, approximately 17,000 service members have died while in the custody of the enemy and their deaths have never been appropriately recognized. .
HR 2369, Honor Our Fallen Prisoners Of War Act, and its to-be-introduced companion bill in the Senate, would change current regulations governing the award of the Purple Heart medal to include all who die while in the custody of the enemy as a prisoner of war.
The next of kin of these people recognize the Purple Heart medal as final closure. No other medal says it like a Purple Heart. Most of the next of kin of those who died as prisoners of war have been told very little about their loved ones. They are searching for closure now.
Because the implementation of the Fallen Prisoners of War Act does not require significant funding, I suggest that it be included in the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act, which is now pending resolution in joint committee.
I again urge your support& it is the right thing to do.
Paul Freese Clinton, Utah
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Bruce Erickson, the planning director at City Hall, has died, the municipal government said. Erickson was involved at some level in nearly all the major decisions regarding growth and development in Park City since the early 1990s.