PCMR v. Talisker: what does, or doesn’t, Dana Williams know? | ParkRecord.com

PCMR v. Talisker: what does, or doesn’t, Dana Williams know?

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City Mountain Resort attorneys last year included four City Hall figures, including the mayor at the time, in a broad list of people who might have information about the disputed leases at the center of the lawsuit with Talisker Land Holdings, LLC.

The filing is dated in early January of 2013. The PCMR side provided the list to Talisker Land Holdings, LLC attorneys, but it is not believed to have appeared as a public filing until it was recently included as a PCMR exhibit submitted to 3rd District Court.

Although none of the City Hall officials listed were eventually subpoenaed to sit for depositions, the filing provides some insight into what role the municipal government could play later in the case if it must. City Hall has had little involvement in the two years since PCMR filed the lawsuit.

The City Hall figures listed in the filing are:

  • Dana Williams, who was the mayor in early 2013. He did not seek re-election last year and left office in January after three terms.
  • Mark Harrington, the Park City attorney.
  • Brooks Robinson, who is listed in the filing as the principal planner. He has since been shifted to a new position.
  • Jonathan Weidenhamer, who is the manager of City Hall’s economic development programs.

    The filing indicates the four could have information about representations Talisker Land Holdings, LLC may have made about the disputed PCMR leases. City Hall has regular dealings with both sides, and it has processed major planning or zoning decisions involving PCMR or the Talisker corporate family.

    City Hall, as examples, approved the redevelopment of the PCMR base area as well as the Empire Pass project in Deer Valley that involves the Talisker corporate family. Park City and the Talisker Land Holdings, LLC side also negotiated a deal allowing the Montage Deer Valley to be developed in exchange for an annexation and conservation agreement covering much of the acreage underlying PCMR.

    The filing is the second document in recent weeks with a City Hall tie. Harrington in early February filed a six-page declaration with the court detailing the municipal government’s role in the approval process of PCMR or Talisker Land Holdings, LLC-affiliated United Park City Mines. The PCMR side approached Harrington for the declaration.

    Harrington has said City Hall has informally answered questions from both sides over the course of the case. City Hall maintains a neutral stance on the lawsuit.

    Williams said in an interview he has never been contacted about the case. He has never seen the leases in dispute, Williams said. He was in office during the decision about the Montage Deer Valley.

    "I really have no idea. I wasn’t party to anything to do with the lease," Williams said.

    The former mayor said he is not surprised his name was included on the list since City Hall has regular dealings with the Talisker corporate family.

    "I’m not sure I have any information other than what’s already public record," Williams said.

    Harrington said City Hall officials are regularly included on lawsuit lists like the one compiled by PCMR. He said the early February declaration remains the only direct City Hall involvement in the case. Harrington declined further comment.

    Alan Sullivan, the lead attorney for the PCMR side, said it is standard to include a broad list of people in a filing like the one that names the City Hall officials. Although none of them were required to sit for a deposition, Sullivan said it is possible they could be called as witnesses if a trial is held.

    "Way too early to say," Sullivan said.

    John Lund, who is Talisker Land Holdings, LLC’s lead attorney, declined to comment about the listed City Hall officials.

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