Park City mayor quickly shuts off racist, anti-Semitic virtual comments during City Council meeting

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Mayor Nann Worel and the Park City Council on Thursday evening received racist and anti-Semitic comments, prompting the mayor to halt public input provided by people on telephones.

Two people who called into the meeting to provide testimony used the n-word. The lines were quickly cut off by City Hall staffers.

The mayor told the crowd the elected officials would no longer accept testimony from people who were not present at the Marsac Building.

The comments were stunning as the mayor and City Council were attempting to take testimony about a controversial road concept linked to the talks about a major development at Snow Park in lower Deer Valley.

It appeared likely the people were part of a coordinated effort since the comments were similarly disconcerting and delivered within minutes of each other.

“That type of hate message is not acceptable anywhere, especially in the council chambers,” the mayor said in an interview on Friday.

Worel said there were no current plans to alter meeting protocols as a result of the statements on Thursday. She said, though, what occurred and how it could be prevented from occurring again will be evaluated.

The comments on Thursday followed in the months after the mayor and a critic of Park City’s decorations for Pride Month engaged in a tense verbal exchange in the City Council chambers. Worel during that meeting abruptly ended the dialogue.


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