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Three Park City candidates unable to attend green forum

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Three of the Park City Council candidates did not attend an election forum focused on the environment on Tuesday, indicating afterward there was a variety of reasons they could not participate.

Nann Worel, Hope Melville and Dan Portwood were not in attendance. The other three people competing in the election incumbent City Councilor Andy Beerman, Rory Murphy and Becca Gerber covered numerous topics during the forum, held before approximately 70 people at O.P. Rockwell.

Portwood said he needed to attend to a family emergency in Tooele and was unable to be present at the forum. He planned to participate prior to the emergency.

Portwood said he is concerned with a range of environmental issues, including water use and other water-related issues. He said Park City must further embrace recycling. He said environmental issues are of special interest to him since he has six children and three grandchildren.

Portwood, however, says facts refute the theory of global warming.

Melville said she planned a campaign meet-and-greet at a private residence prior to the forum being scheduled. She submitted written answers to the organizers of the environmental forum beforehand.

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Melville provided a copy of the answers to The Park Record. In the answers, Melville calls for an energy audit, offers support for land-conservation efforts and says City Hall should start a compost facility for the public, which would keep green waste from being put into landfills.

Worel, the executive director of the People’s Health Clinic, a not-for-profit that assists people who lack health insurance, said she was unable to attend in order to address what she described as a crisis situation with a family that uses the services of the organization.

She said in a message she is committed to the protecting the environment and she looked forward to a Thursday City Council discussion about energy.