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Mayor Dana Williams and the five members of the Park City Council recently filed affidavits at City Hall describing their financial and professional interests in the community, an annual requirement.

The affidavits are similar to those that were filed in 2005 with the exception of City Councilman Roger Harlan, who took office in January.

Harlan indicated he owns a home on the 2500 block of Geronimo Court but holds no positions that could create a conflict of interest.

Williams listed his job as an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Realty and his house on the 2300 block of Doc Holliday Drive.

City Councilwoman Marianne Cone indicated that she resides on the 80 block of Prospect Avenue and owns the property. Her spouse, David Chaplin, is the president of the Park City Board of Education.

City Councilwoman Candy Erickson resides and owns a home on the 2600 block of Little Kate Road. She lists Park City Mountain Resort and Cole Sport, where she works, and that Stantec, Inc. employs her husband.

City Councilman Jim Hier resides and owns property on the 2500 block of Morning Sky Court and is a real-estate agent for Jess Reid Realty.

City Councilman Joe Kernan resides and owns property on the 1900 block of Stryker Avenue. The form indicates that he owns 50 percent of County Curbside, Inc., a recycling company that holds a contract with Summit County to collect recycling in several Park City neighborhoods and in South Summit.

The contract is valued at about $11,000 per month, the filing states.

Kernan also owns a minority interest in 2,500 shares of American Skiing Company, which has its corporate headquarters in Park City and owns The Canyons.

The elected officials declared that they would not represent an outside interest in dealings with City Hall.

Water-treatment facility

The Park City Council recently authorized a $392,123 contract to install a water-treatment facility at the Park Meadows well.

The deal is with a firm called SCI, Inc., the lowest bidder of five firms that wanted the contract.

Kathy Dunks, the city’s water manager, said the treatment will disinfect the water at the well. She said the well is infected with bacteria often found in surface water.

Dunks said the well has been out of service for three years because the city was unable to cleanse the bacteria from the water.

The well typically provided 1,000 gallons of water each minute, Dunks said, and water from the well can be sent to the entire city.

The well is located off Holiday Ranch Loop Road.

Dunks said the city hopes that the well is operational by May 1.

She predicts that the installation will not be bothersome to neighbors.

"Compared to the pipeline last summer, it’s pretty minor," she said, speaking about the Boothill pipeline that was installed in 2005.

The SCI, Inc. bid was considerably lower than the others that sought the contract. They ranged from $428,980 to $492,200, according to a report Dunks submitted to the City Council beforehand.

Water-related issues have busied City Hall for years as the government tries to ensure that drinking water meets federal standards and that there is enough water to serve Parkites, especially in the summer when outdoor watering sometimes stresses the city’s resources.

Building figures dip

Park City’s construction trade started 2006 down from the first month of 2005, the Building Department reported.

According to the department, about $3.9 million in construction was tallied in January, down from the $8.6 million recorded in January 2005.

The department issued 58 building permits, more than in December and in January 2005 but the ones issued last January were much more valuable.

The department said, in January, permits for four single-family homes were issued, valued at about $2.2 million. One multi-family permit, encompassing four units, received a permit, worth $884,772.

Electrical permits were up, plumbing permits were stable compared to last year and mechanical permits increased from 2005.

In January, the Building Department averaged 187.9 inspections per day, down slightly from December but up significantly from the 100.7 daily average in January 2005. Of the inspections, 1,891 were of buildings, more than double the number from the previous January and up from 1,513 in December.

The department took in $176,303 in fees in January on the 58 permits.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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