Mayor Jack Thomas and the five members of the Park City Council have filed affidavits outlining business interests or affiliations that present the potential of a conflict of interest with their roles at City Hall.
The affidavits, which are required of the elected officials, contain information similar to those filed in the past, but it is also the first time City Councilors Nann Worel and Becca Gerber submitted the forms as elected officials. Worel and Gerber won City Council seats in 2015 and took office in early 2016.
The affidavits require that an elected official list firms in which they have an ownership interest of at least 10 percent and that are regulated by City Hall or plan to have a business relationship with the municipal government. They also require the elected officials list investments or personal interests that could create a conflict of interest as well as declare whether they intend to represent people or businesses in transactions involving City Hall.
Some of the highlights of the affidavits include: the mayor listing a residence on Lucky John Drive. The mayor’s affidavit does not list his architectural firm, Jack Thomas Associates, or another entity called Jack Thomas Design Group. Thomas said he planned to amend the affidavit to reflect his role in both of the firms. Worel listing a residence on Solamere Drive and her role with the People’s Health Clinic, a not-for-profit organization that serves the uninsured. Worel also lists a membership with the Park Meadows Country Club and her husband’s position as a partner in a Salt Lake City law firm. Worel, meanwhile, also indicates the People’s Health Clinic receives funding from City Hall through what is known as a special service contract. The organization also receives grants from Vail Resorts, Intermountain Healthcare and the Summit County government. Gerber listing a residence on Upper Iron Horse Loop Road and her employment with Aloha Ski & Snowboard. Gerber also indicates she is involved with the Park City Lodging Association, the Park City Chamber/Bureau and Ski Utah. She is a nonvoting member of each of the organizations, according to the affidavit. She also says she is a former president of the Historic Park City Alliance and formerly served on City Hall’s Recreation Advisory Board. City Councilor Cindy Matsumoto listing a residence on Silver Cloud Drive and indicating a role with the store Right at Home. City Councilor Tim Henney listing a residence on Deer Valley Drive and a role in a firm called 1283 DVD, LLC. Henney said in response to a Park Record question the firm’s primary holding had been a building at 1283 Deer Valley Drive. Henney said the firm, involving himself and his former wife, sold the building to the Christian Center of Park City and now holds the note on the property, making 1283 DVD, LLC the de facto lender on the deal. Henney also said in an interview he was recently elected to the homeowners association of a condominium complex in Deer Valley and he would amend the affidavit to reflect the position. The affidavit also notes a role with the KPCW not-for-profit radio station. City Councilor Andy Beerman listing a residence on Park Avenue and his role in the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street. According to the affidavit, he has position with a firm called Lodgings @ TMI and that he or his family has at least a 10 percent interest in two other entities, called 200 Block LLC and Old Town Condos LLC. The 200 Block LLC entity does business as Lodgings @ Treasure Mountain Inn, according to the affidavit. The affidavit indicates his interests at the Treasure Mountain Inn are held in Old Town Condos, LLC.