Letters to the Editor, September 15-18, 2012 | ParkRecord.com

Letters to the Editor, September 15-18, 2012

Grabbed by tar snake, rescued by paramedics


On July 4th my wife and I and a friend were biking on the McLeod Creek bike trail between Old Ranch Road and Meadows Drive when my wife’s bike hit a tar snake/seam resulting in her being thrown to the ground. Two very kind gentlemen came along and, after realizing my wife was unable to walk to the closest cross street (Meadows), called 911. The paramedics quickly appeared with a vehicle able to navigate the bike trail (a "ranger"), which transported us to the ambulance and then on to the Park City hospital, where a complex shoulder fracture was diagnosed.

The paramedics retrieved and stored our bikes and later helped retrieve our car so that we could return to our home in Salt Lake City and obtain surgical care.

We are writing to express our gratitude for the expertise, friendliness, kindness and support extended to us by the Park City Fire Station 31: i.e. Captain Pence, Engineer Smith, and Paramedics Stamper and Knight, during a situation where we felt extremely helpless. Park City is very lucky to have this wonderful team.

On another note, we would like to make people aware of tar seams (also called "tar snakes"), which unfortunately, we were not. These are seams created by repair of cracks in streets, roads or bike paths with tar which become hazardous in either hot or cold weather resulting in the tire slipping and the bike going out of control. Many bike as well as motorcycle accidents have resulted. Prior knowledge of this entity may result in much needless pain and morbidity.

Sheila and Marty Gelman

Salt Lake City

Why no bike path along Rasmussen Road?


The paving company did a nice job resurfacing Rasmussen Road. However, it is a surprise that a bicycle path was not included. There certainly seems to be plenty of available space on the highway side of the road. Rasmussen is quite popular with cyclists, and, while it is very much appreciated, motorists should not have to veer out of their lane to give the prudent wide berth.

Rick Sickelsmith

Park City

KAC addition should follow current codes


We have formed a group called Preserve Historic Main Street. If you support our mission statement below and are interested in joining our group, send an email with your name to preservehistoricmainstreet@gmail.com .

"We support the Kimball Art Center and their need for an addition to their current facility. We believe this expansion can and should be accomplished within the existing (August 2012) Park City Land Management Code and the Park City Design Guidelines For Historic Districts and Historic Sites."

Existing Land Management Codes and Design Guidelines that apply to the Kimball Art Center addition:

Land Management Codes

LMC Title 15-2.5-5 Historic Recreation Commercial District No structure shall be erected to a height greater than thirty-two feet (32′) from existing grade.

LMC Title 15-2.5-6 HRC District Additions must comply with building height restrictions.

LMC Title 15-2.5-7 Prior to issuance of a Building Permit for any Conditional or Allowed use, the Planning Department must review the proposed plans for compliance with the Historic District Design Guidelines.

Design Guidelines for Historic Sites

The Kimball Art Center has been identified as a "Landmark Site." Landmark Sites must adhere to the strictest interpretation of the Guidelines and must be designed and executed in such a manner as to retain designation as a "Landmark Site."

Additions to Historic Structures

D.1.2 Additions should be visually subordinate to historic buildings when viewed from the primary public right-of-way.

D.2.1 Additions should complement the visual and physical qualities of the historic building.

D.2.2 Building components and materials used on additions should be similar in scale and size to those found on the original building.

D.2.3 Window shapes, patterns and proportions found on the historic building should be reflected in the new addition.

The KAC is attempting to get their addition considered as a "master planned development" (MPD), which would require a change in the existing LMC. Currently, a project must be in two or more zoning designations. The KAC is in one zone (HRC). If an MPD is allowed, some of the above restrictions could be eliminated or changed.

James Tedford

Hope Melville

Gary Kimball

Mary Demkowitz

Randy Spagnoletti

And 120 others

Don’t forget to put the parking in Park City


When The Park Record runs a story about "Building redo commences" with two stories being added at 692 Main Street, it makes me wonder what my city is thinking. City Hall continually approves plans like this with no provision for the added parking load these projects create. It is no wonder so few businesses really do well in Old Town!

P.S. Writing tickets and beautifying Swede Alley and Main Street aren’t the solution.

Mark Stemler

Owner of Main Street properties

County: cut waste before raising taxes


Thanks to The Park Record for writing two stories on our efforts to get the two recent tax increases in the County on the ballot in 2014. As Councilwoman Elliott pointed out, the tax amounts are relatively small on an inexpensive home. Motivation behind the referendum was the ease at which the Council moved forward to pass the tax increase, for a few to bear, and the fact the money was spent before the tax was even finalized.

Councilors Hanrahan, Elliott, Robinson, and McMullen fail to understand that increasing taxes has a long-term impact on several aspects of our County development. This tax increase comes on top of a school tax increase, and unless the Council balances the budget, we will likely see more County tax increases in the future. Property values normally go down as tax rates go up, because new buyers are reluctant to purchase homes in areas where taxes are increasing. That will discourage companies from moving to Park City, as it becomes a higher cost place to live.

Enclosed is a picture of a Summit County truck that is parked in front of the Boot Barn in Evanston, Wyoming, where the County employee drove a heavy-duty vehicle at the expense of the County to Evanston to go shopping. The picture illustrates that the County Council could do a better job of cracking down on waste in their budget before they start raising taxes.

I got a call from Sheriff Dave Edmunds who intimated to me that the County was planning to cut a number of his deputies if the tax increase did not go through. As a County, I hope everyone comes out to sign my petition so we can send the message to our tax-and-spend Council to take care of waste before they fire police officers.

Jacqueline Smith


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