PCMR’s newly installed leader schedules City Hall visit
The top staffer at Park City Mountain Resort is scheduled to appear at City Hall on Thursday to address Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council in what is believed to be the first time he will speak in a public setting in Park City.
The elected officials have set aside 15 minutes starting at 5:40 p.m. for Bill Rock, who became the chief operating officer at PCMR at the beginning of November. The agenda indicates the appearance will be an introduction.
Vail Resorts, which acquired PCMR in September, appointed Rock as the resort’s top staffer in October. Rock, a ski industry veteran, arrived in Park City from Northstar California Resort, another Vail Resorts property. He has also helmed Durango Mountain Resort in Colorado and a mountain resort in West Virginia.
"It’s purely a say ‘hello,’ introduce himself," Park City Manager Diane Foster said about the appearance.
The elected officials and Rock are not expected to delve into substantive issues involving PCMR and City Hall on Thursday. It seems likely Rock could briefly discuss his background and talk broadly about the opportunities at PCMR.
City Hall, though, in coming months is expected to address high-profile issues stemming from Vail Resorts’ acquisition of PCMR. A task force made of representatives of City Hall and the County Courthouse formed to study the issues recently started meeting. The meetings are private.
The parties will eventually address issues like the planned linking of PCMR and Canyons Resort, which Vail Resorts operates under a long-term lease with the Talisker corporate family. They will also study tax issues, transportation and economic issues, among other topics. Rock is expected to be a key figure on the PCMR-Vail Resorts side in at least some of the discussions.
Tim Henney, a City Councilor, said in an interview he wants to hear that Vail Resorts recognizes the "authentic nature of our community." He said other Vail Resorts officials have "consistently" indicated that is the case.
In an October interview shortly after being named the chief operating officer of PCMR, Rock said he would arrive at "a moment in time that is just going to be amazing as we look back." Rock said at that time his top priority was preparing for the 2014-2015 ski season. PCMR’s scheduled opening is Nov. 22.
The Thursday appearance by Rock will be the second time in less than two months the elected officials will hear from PCMR or Vail Resorts. In September, the president of Vail Resorts’ mountain division, Blaise Carrig, spoke to the mayor and City Council.
In his remarks, Carrig offered a broad overview of Vail Resorts instead of addressing details about PCMR. He spoke about PCMR being a successful resort prior to the acquisition and said Vail Resorts’ properties maintain their individual characteristics.
The appearance on Thursday will also occur shortly after the task force began to meet. Vail Resorts during the first meeting provided a verbal description of the idea for the planned link of PCMR and Canyons Resort, Summit County Council chair Chris Robinson said afterward.
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